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Funny, Inspiring Women


As I sat down recently to start reading Amy Schumer’s memoir, it suddenly occurred to me how much women like Amy have come to mean to me in the past few years. And I realized how much women are having a moment, especially in comedy. From Tina Fey to Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling, all the way to the one and only Ellen. But these women are so much more than comedians. They are breaking down walls in every direction. From creating their own talk shows, television shows, and movies; developing comedy tours; writing blogs and publishing memoirs, discussing everything from politics, dating, love, and family; but even more importantly, these women are feminists and activists, fighting for women’s rights, speaking out because they recognize that their voices can be heard and people will listen. These women weren’t around when I was growing up and it is so important that they are now. They are the new role models for young women (hell, even for me). These women are getting shit done. Despite the backlash that they will inevitably receive.

For absolutely no reason at all, other than because we need more of this these days, I wanted to share some of my favorite clips, interviews, quotes, etc from some of the inspiring, and importantly, funny and intelligent women that I admire today.

Hands down, my favorite interview with Amy Schumer. It’s like she’s giving a stand up routine.
Classic Parks and Rec. 

“Women have problem areas in a way that men don’t. We have big hips and muffin tops. Men just have the thing where they create wars and wreak havoc all over the globe.” -Jessi Klein, You’ll Grow Out of It

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.”                                                                       “Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.” -Ellen Degeneres

Warning, this clip is definitely NSFW.

“It’s difficult to see the glass ceiling because it’s made of glass. Virtually invisible. What we need is for more birds to fly above it and shit all over it, so we can see it properly.” -Caitlin Moran, How To Be a Woman

“Ambition is a funny thing: it creeps in when you least expect it and keeps you moving, even when you think you want to stay put.” -Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl

“There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.”                                 “I don’t think it should be socially acceptable for people to say they are ‘bad with names.’ No one is bad with names. That is not a real thing. Not knowing people’s names isn’t a neurological condition; it’s a choice. You choose not to make learning people’s names a priority. It’s like saying, ‘Hey, a disclaimer about me: I’m rude.'” -Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Everything that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did this election cycle was perfection.

“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom- Beyonce brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.” -Tina Fey, Bossypants

I couldn’t post about all of these women without sharing one of the many videos of Ellen doing something kind for other people. 


If you’re interested in reading any of these women’s memoirs, here are the links. I would have to say Tina Fey’s Bossypants is my favorite (so far).  → Mindy Kaling 1 and 2, Amy SchumerTina FeyAmy PoehlerLena DunhamCaitlin MoranEllen DegeneresSamantha BeeJessi Klein

Or watch any of their wonderful and groundbreaking tv shows on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc


What women do you admire? Did I miss anyone on this list?

(top photo from The Hollywood Reporter cover)


2 thoughts on “Funny, Inspiring Women

  1. Great list, Rachel! My generation had groundbreaking role models too, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Lily Tomlin, Gilda Radner and Jane Curtain to name a few. Have to keep us laughing and thinking about what’s really important!


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