Marvel's Agent Carter could have been cartoonishly sexist, but instead, the new ABC series, which premiered Jan. 6, is full of subtle and not-so-subtle moments of woman power that are great — just great. Set in the 1940s, it follows Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), a single woman, secret agent, and hero, as she struggles against sexist oppression without becoming a caricature of femininity or the might-as-well-be-a-male-character type that so often appears within action movies and TV shows.
Here are the show's best feminist moments:
Agent Carter starts the series with an awesome roommate who IS A LITERAL RIVETER.
She complains that she had to show a man how to use a rivet gun. Her name isn't Rosie, but it might as well be.
She also meets woman-on-woman misogyny with sass.
In fact, the difference between being an independent woman and a spinster is sexist assumptions! But shoes is a better joke; my joke wasn't great.