Back in my country, women are starting to wake up to what feminism really stands for and it amazes me to see such a change coming from my generation, even if it sounds too late for most countries. Feminism has become a popular topic of debate and people started looking up to the real pioneers of this movement, such Mary Wollstonecraft and Wangari Maathai.
As much as we love the women who paved the way, speaking to the younger learners has to bring some freshness, somebody they might know from before, or else, unfortunately, a part of them will not be that interested. We do want them to know the great names, but we have so many inspiring women speaking and standing up for themselves now as well that it would be a shame to not mention their names when they are so relatable.
One of the people I've always looked up to was Amy Poehler. Way before I even understood some of her jokes on SNL, I had some kind of adoration towards the person she seemed to be. Years have passed and her show, Parks and Recreation, is one of the greatest things that's happened to television and her book, Yes Please, is one of the few I've read three times already. From her interviews, I thought she could be a great role model for whoever was interested in hearing what she had to say. From her book, I just knew it.
Ever since I was a kid, I got called headstrong, bossy and the other B word. It took me years to come to terms with who I was growing up to be and the only people who helped me in this transition were the artists I used to keep track of. Maybe that's why I'm writing my own article on Amy Poehler: she's not afraid to speak her mind and I think her mindful thoughts are a beautiful thing for me to share in this exact moment. Here are the top ten most amazing quotes by Amy Poehler.
- "It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for."
- "As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life."
- "Let me take a minute to say that I love bossy women. Some people hate the word, and I understand how “bossy” can seem like a shitty way to describe a woman with a determined point of view, but for me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and celebrate. A bossy woman is someone who cares and commits and is a natural leader. Also, even though I’m bossy, I like being told what to do by people who are smarter and more interesting than me."
- "The word “no” should be the “end of the discussion, not the beginning of a negotiation."
- "There is an unspoken pact that women are supposed to follow. I am supposed to act like I constantly feel guilty about being away from my kids. (I don't. I love my job.) Mothers who stay at home are supposed to pretend they are bored and wish they were doing more corporate things. (They don't. They love their job.) If we all stick to the plan there will be less blood in the streets."
- "There's power in looking silly and not caring that you do."
- "The earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have and not obsess about what you don't have, the happier you will be."
- "I get worried for young girls sometimes; I want them to feel that they can be sassy and full and weird and geeky and smart and independent, and not so withered and shriveled."
- "When you talk about yourself, or talk to yourself, try to picture you talking to your own daughter or your younger sister. Because you would tell your younger sister or your daughter that she was beautiful, and you wouldn’t be lying - because she is. And so are you."
- "I've always dreamed of growing up to be Amy Poehler."