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archive of winners 19: Parks and Recreation shows women can get what they really want
Questions to Consider:
- Why is this vision of women different from what we often see on TV shows?
- Does seeing this make you think it’s possible for YOU to win an election?
What We Think:
We love you, Amy Poehler! You feed us girl-power, and we barely know it’s going down. This clip of the episode “Win, Lose, or Draw” (Season 4 finale) brought happy tears to my eyes. Seeing a woman achieving what she wants, even if it’s “just” a councilwoman position in a tiny town in Indiana, made me cheer. If you’ve never watched Parks and Recreation, here’s the jist: Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope, a city employee who just wants to have a political career, and has wanted it since age 8. The great thing about this show is that it’s not Veep or some other drama that depicts a high-level, national political figure, but a small-town council woman running for office. It actually makes a political career — and a lot of things, really, seem achievable, not unattainable. Like having a supportive, wonderful boyfriend, for example! Parks and Recreation shows Leslie as a woman who triumphs against the very real odds against her — and makes us laugh at the same time. — Jennifer Berger