I saw Promises, Promises on broadway, and there was so much talk about Mad Men that hubby and I just bought the 3 season dvd's and watched them in just a few weeks. We're almost caught up with season 4.
Love this show, the time period, the fabulous costumes and decor.
I was talking to my mom about the show, my oldest sister was born in 58, me in 66 and my dad worked on madison ave during that time period.
Without really knowing about the show she said sometime during the mid-late 60's they had to finally make a law to make the men keep their hands off of the secretaries who worked with them. Men wouldn't think twice of slapping a girl on her butt, or just getting frisky with her at work.
Growing up when I did I knew very few divorced families, and only one or two moms worked as secretaries, the rest were stay at home moms with dads who worked in NYC. Working women from what I recalled was looked down upon or at least to be pitied. Of the jobs women had I can't think much beyond secretary, nurse or teacher.
We didn't have a/c til the mid-70's. Mid 60's my family looked pretty similar to the Draper's in terms of appliances and conveniences.