Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for young girls to have said example to follow.
Agent Margaret “Peggy” Carter
Margaret “Peggy” Carter (portrayed by Hayley Atwell in the MCU) was born in the UK and joined the Allied efforts during World War Two. She fought alongside Steve Rogers (aka Captain America, played by Chris Evans). Eventually, feelings developed between the two soldiers. Unfortunately, their potential relationship was cut short when Steve’s plane crashed in the Arctic. After the war, Peggy was relegated to desk duty at the Strategic Scientific Reserve, with its home base of operations located in NYC. However, Peggy was soon drafted by Howard Stark to crack the case on who’s framing the latter.
Thus, Agent Carter was born. Peggy continued to work for the SSR as an agent, and later was a founder of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division). Peggy Carter is a character created by comic legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and her story had a few different iterations over the decades.
The Real Deal:
Now, Agent Carter is easily one of my favorite Marvel TV series for one reason: its unapologetic, bad*** female lead. Peggy existed during a time when sexism was widely accepted, running rampant in every nook and cranny of the world. However, she didn’t let that stop her from getting the job done. Peggy spat in the face of misogyny, and fought for the greater good. She is whip-smart, clever, witty and knows how to operate Howard Stark’s unusual tech with ease. Peggy can fight the best of ’em – physically and mentally. She has a strong moral compass that is unrivaled and unmatched. Our girl also doesn’t need to rely on Steve Rogers for character validation – she can stand on her own two feet, and is fiercely independent.
Why She Matters:
Alright, so why does she matter? Exhibit A: “I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.” This quote will stay with me for the rest of my life, and is something every woman needs to hear. Peggy knows just how valuable she is, and doesn’t need a man to validate said value. She is unapologetic where that is concerned, and refuses to let others verify her worth as a human being.
Peggy is also a strong role model for young girls everywhere. In a time where strong, assertive women could be viewed as “bossy,” Peggy didn’t let that stop her from getting the job done correctly. She always did what was right, regardless of personal cost. Peggy is who we should all aspire to be and use as a moral compass in this messy, convoluted world. She matters tremendously for her verbal acknowledgement of her self worth, and we should all realize ours as well.
Now, friends – I have a mission for you, should you choose to accept it. Be like Peggy. Be bold. Stand unwavering in your beliefs. Fight the good fight, regardless of the odds. Take a stand against all that is evil. Lastly, know your immense value. Peggy does.