President Obama has been known to say that America’s policies affecting women are from the “Mad Men era.” So who is more qualified to discuss those issues at the White House Summit on Working Families than an actress from the ACTUAL Mad Men? I mean, a lot of people, probably, but who cares? Christina Hendricks is absolutely the best person to be talking about these issues because she 1. Has played Joan on Mad Men for seven years, 2. is a woman in the present world being affected by our shitty government policies, and 3. is Christina Hendricks, and if Christina Hendricks wants to give a speech, you say yes please and thank you.
After starting off with a Mad Men spoiler fake-out (always funny), Hendricks talks about the issues Joan faces on the show, and how they are far too similar to those women still face today, saying “it’s time for that story to go away, the way of the rotary phone and the typewriter.”
The purpose of the summit was to “set an agenda for a 21st-century workplace.” Hendricks noted, in speaking of pay issues and lack of affordable child care, “this is not a women’s issue. This is a family issue. This is about everyone.”
You can watch a video of her short speech over on Buzzfeed.