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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Awesome Girl Role Model: Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation

Amy Poehler has been an awesome comedian for many years, but recently it’s become apparent that she is also an awesome role model for girls.  From the roles she plays on TV to the work she does for women’s rights and health, Amy Poehler is a great woman to look up to. 

On Parks and Recreation, Amy plays a woman who loves her job more than anything else, and her character is now running for office!  This is one of the first popular TV shows to show a heroine running for public office, and especially to show it in a positive light. 

Her own creative projects include a webseries with the sole purpose of empowering girls to be happy being themselves.  Smart Girls At The Party is a talk show that highlights the accomplishments and interests of girls all around the United States.  These girls are feminists, musicians, gardeners, and yogis.  By showcasing these girls, Amy and the rest of the creators of the series show the participating girls as well as the girls in the audience that the things that girls already do are valid and impressive.  This kind of focus on and appreciation of girls and girl culture is rare and exciting. 

Along with her work in entertainment, Amy Poehler has done work for women and girls in the activist sphere.  This year, Amy sponsored a campaign with Planned Parenthood, encouraging people to donate when the organization needed it most, and vowing to match donator’s contributions.

-Kaitlin Froom
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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