AMY TINA KRISTEN

SHE-LOGY: Women of SNL

On the heels of the She-logy of women in comedy, I celebrate another set of funny women — my favorite girls in Saturday Night Live. I love them not only because they’re funny. They are also smart, witty, positive and empowering. And they make fun of stereotypes and expectations for women. Because really, these should just be jokes, and not incredulous real-life standards.

AMY POEHLER.

  • Played Hillary Clinton in SNL.
  • Stars as Leslie Knope in the hit comedy show, Parks and Recreations. Deputy Director of the city’s Dept of Park and Rec. who moved up to Governor of Indiana, and US President (implied).
  • Included on TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011. Same year when she delivered her funny yet insightful Class Day address to Harvard.
  • Book: Yes, Please.

Amy is my most favorite ‘funny girl’. And just when I thought I couldn’t love her more, she creates Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, a website and community, born from their Webby-Award-winning Smart Girls web series, dedicated to cultivating young girls and young at heart develop their authentic selves.

“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.”

On women who renounce feminism: “That’s like someone being like, “I don’t really believe in cars, but I drive one every day and I love that it gets me places and makes life so much easier and faster and I don’t know what I would do without it.”


TINA FEY.

  • Played Sarah Palin in SNL, which earned Entertainer of the Year award from Associated Press.
  • Created and starred in the hit comedy show, 30 Rocks.
  • Hosted Golden Globe Awards with Amy, twice. The last one generated the highest ratings for the ceremony in a decade.
  • Book: Bossypants. Topped the NY Times Best Seller list for 5 weeks.

Tina has received 8 Emmy Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, 5 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 4 Writers Guild of America Awards, among other achievements. She was also the youngest-ever recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2010.

“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—Beyoncé 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.”


KRISTEN WIIG.

  • Played Nancy Pelosi in SNL.
  • Co-wrote and starred in the hit comedy film, Bridesmaids.
  • Included on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012
  • Received 7 consecutive Emmy Awards nominations, and other nominations including Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy), Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay, among others.

“There are so many funny women in the world, and there has been for so many years, so I’ll be happy when people can just move on from that, and things can just be ‘comedies’ and not ‘female’ or ‘male,’ and everyone gets an equal opportunity.”


SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at silverliningmama@gmail.com. Thank you for reading this.

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