By celebrating girls who are “changing the world by being themselves,” Smart Girls sends a very clear, important message to everyone: be who you are, and do what makes you happy.
And thank goodness. Imagine being privy to that ethos at such a formative age? It took me until I was at least 25 to figure that out — and until I was about 27 to begin embracing it. Because of Smart Girls, young women will grow up confident in what they can do and about who they are — and because of that, positivity and determination will flourish, and discouragement and low self esteem will be curtailed. (Damn it, but why couldn’t it have existed when I was in grade nine?)
But on top of Amy’s interviews with young scientists, feminists, food connoisseurs, and musicians, Smart Girls has grown. Meow Meow Music — the brainchild of songstress Amy Miles — was introduced last year, as was Boys’ Minute, which has featured everyone from Peter Giles to Amy’s brother to Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt.
And then there’s Ask Amy. (Insert Holy Grail-inspired music here.)
Answering viewer questions on a bi-weekly basis, Amy Poehler solidifies her status as the big sister we wish we had. Tackling topics like jealousy, stress, body image, and love, she spins our troubles into common sense, inspiring at least one “a-ha!” moment during her three-minute sessions. And it is for all of us.
Because let’s just be real: none of us are beyond advice or reminders that the only person worth being is yourself. Yet Smart Girls does it in such a way that at no point do you feel talked down to or lectured — you feel included, part of the discussion, and inspired. I mean, how cool is it that these young women are pursuing their passions and standing by their beliefs? And how cool is it that instead of trying to fit them into some sort of non-existent, damaging mould, Smart Girls chooses to celebrate their individuality and encourage it among the rest of us?
You don’t have to be a “girl” to be a Smart one. To band together and to celebrate what makes us — and the ladies featured — unique, makes life that much more interesting and worthwhile. Because of Smart Girls, I’m sure we’ll see only an increase in self esteem, positivity, and awareness among a younger generation; a generation who will happily work together to fight systemic problems, and to live lives built on doing good for themselves, each other, and those around them. Let’s hope they want to work with us, too — after all, we can all be Smart Girls.