Peggy Carter, Agent Carter (ABC Drama)
Agent Carter is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and revolves around Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in 1946. She has to balance two jobs — secretarial work for the Strategic Scientific Reserve and secretive work for Howard Stark on his missions — with her personal life as she tries to “navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.”
Can Peggy have it all? Of course not! Being a single secretary in 1946 is even harder than being a Detective Mom in 2014. Trying to find a boyfriend while also working for Tony Stark’s father is damn near impossible. Peggy’s actually a great, skilled character who knows her way around a gun, but that’s not going to help her on the dating scene. She’ll eventually find a nice guy — she’s as good with lipstick as she is with firearms — but it will just be a countdown until she’s forced to choose between him and her work with Howard Stark.
Charlie Tucker, State of Affairs (NBC Drama)
Katherine Heigl’s Charleston “Charlie” Tucker (what a name! What a masculine name!) is a CIA analyst working closely with President Constance Payton (another woman!), who has to balance “a complex personal life and a pressure-cooker profession” that causes her to “sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behavior to avoid facing her grief.”
Can Charlie have it all? Possibly! She doesn’t have pesky children to distract her from serious world issues, so that definitely gives her a leg up in the world. However, her personal life is still an obstacle, as she was engaged to the President’s son before he was killed in a terrorist attack. Now she has to do her actual work while distracted by also trying to catch the love of her life’s murderer. Plus, according to the trailer, Charlie engages in destructive behavior like drinking, laughing, and having sex. Surely this will affect her job performance, especially when she ends up sleeping with the enemy — as all women in Washington do.