Mad Men is a perceptive and well-executed depiction of an era and an industry so often glamorized and romanticized. When the cigarette smoke settles and the last drop martini is sipped, we’re left with a group of characters that exhibit fears and doubts, strengths and triumphs that know no particular era. You know as well as I do that Betty Drapers traipse across campus on the day-to-day and that you’ve probably found yourself in a Joan vs. Peggy-esque dilemma. The women of Mad Men are a boundless study on the feminine psyche and the human condition as a whole. These few pearls I’ve mentioned represent only a fraction of the wisdom that can be drawn from their experiences. Yet should you choose to never watch a single episode of Mad Men, remember this above all: confidence never goes out of style.