Feminist Spotlight: Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls


I have to admit, when Amy Poehler was on SNL, she really wasn’t my cup of tea, a bit too crude for my tastes. However, when she began starring as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, I couldn’t get enough of her. She was positive, determined, and capable of making a difference. I was in awe of her. Then, I discovered Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Turns out Amy Poehler was only typecast as Leslie Knope and is an even more amazing woman, if not just because she is real.

When you visit the homepage for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, you are greeted with a message explaining the organization:

“Here at Smart Girls, we believe that the cultivation of the authentic self is very important. We also believe that guidance is helpful as we try to find our way to ourselves. We hope to be of help in the exploration and discovery process.

This is where you might learn about something you would like to experience. You might learn about a woman you’d like to emulate. You might learn a new perspective or an unfamiliar custom or a new way to talk to yourself about something.

It is our hope that you will learn more about your truest self.”

The organization offers many opportunities for girls to inspire personal growth through learning the value of being nice, taking time to “treat yo self,” and getting video feedback from Amy Poehler, who, at least in the videos I watched, is completely down-to-earth without even wearing make-up. For these reasons, Amy Poehler is well-deserving of the happy feminist spotlight.


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