I’ve seen quite a few complaints about Peggy’s back story in the most recent episode, a lot of them mentioning that it doesn’t line up with who she is now. This, my friends, is called character development.
Peggy wasn’t born a confident badass, she was born an Englishwoman in traditional times. Of course her mother wants her to be a lady and her fiancé wants her to stay away from danger. She has been conditioned her whole life to ignore and hide who she eventually became, and it took a nudge from the person who knew her best to remind her that that person is pretty great.
As far as being a woman in society goes, I’ve never met one who at one point or another didn’t have insecurities or hide parts of themselves because the world wasn’t ready for it. Eventually, we all figure out our worth, as Peggy did, and go on to believe in ourselves so others don’t have to. But first, yes, it does take a little help from the right friends and family to say being who you are is okay and hiding it is plain dumb. We all need a shoulder to lean on and an encouraging word every now and then.
Not to mention, in Captain America, Peggy tells Steve she knows what it’s like to have all the doors closed in her face. At first she accepted that, but then she re-grew that amazing backbone of hers and kicked those doors down. In conclusion, I love knowing that Peggy started from the bottom now she here, just like the rest of us.