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Because We Needed One More Reason To Love Amy Poelher

By September 24, 2015 0
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As if we needed another reason to love Amy Poehler…

With the Emmy Awards fresh on our minds from last weekend one of the things that stuck out the most was Amy Poehler’s “Smart Girls Campaign” which pushed to get more intelligent questions asked of the female nominees.

And can anyone say “it’s about time?”. On the red carpet, men get asked about their ambitions and their goals and women are forced to regurgitate responses from interviewer to interviewer regarding who they’re wearing and who did their make up. Men get to answer questions about the hard work that got them there and their creative attributes that led them to success– then a woman walks by and she has to answer “Are you wearing spanx?”.

Cue Amy Poehler…

Before the Emmy Awards began her Smart Girls Campaign started the hashtag #SmartGirlsAsk to get the conversation flowing on a more intelligent level for both women and men. (Because Amy Poehler wouldn’t leave men out of the fun of course.)

Fans from all over the world submitted questions. A few famous people also got in on the action, like Britney Spears, who asked “Is there one book you’ve read as an adult that you wish you could share with your younger self?” You’ve done it again, Britney.

Thousands of submissions were sent in proving people want to know more than just designers and make up techniques. All of the women at the Emmy Awards are intelligent women who have worked hard to be where they are today. Some of them even broke barriers at the awards on Sunday, such as Viola Davis who was the first black woman to win an Emmy for ‘Best Actress in a Drama’.  Yes, although they tend to accomplish such feats in style, I’m sure they’d much rather talk about how hard they worked to be there rather than how much they had to work out to fit into their dress.

Fashion will always be a staple on the Red Carpet, there’s no doubt about it, but it is time to even out the spread. Either ask both men and women where they got their designer duds, or ask neither. You can’t pick and choose to ask one gender over another because that implies that women only have one thing to offer–their looks.

Fortunately people like Amy Poehler exist who won’t stop until there’s equality. The “Smart Girls Campaign” is a beautiful start to where our world needs to be heading. (Kickstarter to get Amy Poehler to run for Vice President anyone? Clinton/Poehler ’16.. Start the movement.)

It’s an uphill battle but as long as we have people like Amy and others like Lauren Conrad who answered the moronic interview question of “what’s your favorite position” with “CEO”, we have a chance here.

You can see the rest of the #SmartGirlsAsk questions and responses here.