“Mad Men”–the popular AMC show–was referenced in President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday.
Obama referenced the show as a way to highlight gender income inequality in the United States.
“Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job,” he said, according to Time magazine.
“A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode,” Obama continued. “This year, let’s all come together – Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street – to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.”
“Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner issued a statement about the reference in Obama’s SOTU.
“I’m honored that our show is part of a much-needed national conversation,” Weiner said, according to E! News.
The seventh and final season of “Mad Men” will premiere April 13, 2014, on AMC.
“We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience. The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience,” Weiner said of the show.