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Sunday 25 January 2015

Elisabeth Moss: Sexism is still rife

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Elisabeth Moss

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Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss says equality in the workplace is still "far from perfect".

The actress is best known for playing Peggy Olson in TV period drama Mad Men. During seasons of the show, Peggy has progressed up the career ladder but constantly been met by obstacles. She believes that woman still have an uphill battle when it comes to equality.

"I've been saying for years in interviews for Mad Men that sexism in the workplace isn't that different now to how it was in the '60s. Sure, women may have more high-powered jobs, may make more money and you can't sexually harass a woman in the workplace without getting sued, but I think it's morphed and come out in other ways," she told British magazine Grazia. "Well, with the internet I think there are plenty more ways to be sexist now, but in private, where no one needs to know about it."

Elisabeth's latest role sees her playing detective Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake.

She can see many similarities between Robin and Peggy.

"Like Peggy, Robin still has to face a roomful of men who aren't listening to her because she's a woman. I mean, I know things have changed and we've made incredible strides, but in another way it's far from perfect," she explained.

Mad Men is set to come to an end with only one more season left to air. Elisabeth admits the prospect of leaving the show behind is frightening.

"It feels bizarre. I was talking about this last night to a member of the cast. It's very weird," she said. "I made the pilot when I was 23 and now I'm 32. When it ends, I will have been on the show for eight years and those are important years."

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