In Honor Of Leslie Knope’s Last Hurrah, These Are Our Galentines

Tuesday night’s series finale of “Parks and Recreation” was the perfect swan song to a wonderful show that always delighted in the simple joys of life, instead of sneering at the world from a perch on high. But the best part of the show was its unabashed commitment to celebrating strong women. Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope was the indefatigable HBIC, April Ludgate’s most sneering deadpan couldn’t obscure her slowly-growing work ethic, and there was nothing Donna and Ann couldn’t get done. And as if it wasn’t obvious enough how boss women (sorry, Galentines) can be in the Pawnee universe, Leslie’s wall of women politicians was there to remind you again of exactly that. We here at The Frisky love ourselves a good Galentine, and now that our favorite public servant has stepped out of the public eye, here are a few we unabashedly love the hell out of.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Galentine

I love Ruth Bader Ginsburg so much I have her face on my NAILS. There are days when her existence on the Supreme Court is all the hope I have for the world. She’s still not ready to retire, and as terrified as I am of a Republican president getting to put another conservative on the Supreme Court, I have to admire her chutzpah. I’d also like to believe that she is a glorious immortal being who will never die, but just keep on fighting for women forever like the fabulous tiny Amazon warrior that she is. – Robyn

Condoleezza Rice (Former Secretary of State)

Condoleezza Rice Gives Talk, Promotes Book In Washington DC

Condi is the very picture of grace under pressure. I don’t agree with all of her positions, but there’s a lot to learn from the careful, measured way that she speaks about politics and expresses her opinions – without being wishy-washy about what she believes. She’s an excellent diplomat and performed her job beautifully. She seems like the kind of person who would give you just really top-notch advice in stressful situations. -Rebecca

Wendy Davis (Former Texas state senator):

TX State Senator Wendy Davis About Texas Abortion Bill In Washington

Former Texas state senator Wendy Davis is an absolute badass and I am obsessed with her – and not just because of her Leslie Knope similarities. A teen mom who got married right out of college, she went on to graduate college and attend Harvard Law. She’s been a tireless advocate of women’s rights, was extremely open about her two late-term abortions, and once held an 11-hour filibuster that gained national attention to help kill a Texas bill that would have banned late-term abortions. That crappy bill later would go on to pass, but my love of Wendy Davis and her immortal sneakers that kept her standing for 11 hours lives on. Beejoli

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL):

House Democrats Announce New Legislation To Eliminate Debt Federal Ceiling

As a major supporter and advocate for women’s rights, reproductive justice, single-payer healthcare, gun control, the environment and increasing the minimum wage, Jan Schakowsky is a straight up badass. She strongly opposed the Iraq War from the beginning, and even went door-to-door convincing her colleagues to vote against it. She does not mince words and she throws down when she needs to. In a perfect world, she and Elizabeth Warren would be our President and Vice-President and also my best friends. To boot, she is incredibly nice and was super cool to me when I fangirled her at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser this year. Robyn

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Lawmakers Hold News Conference On The Military Justice Improvement Act

Among many other things, I love how involved she is in the fight against campus rape and love her for inviting Emma Sulkowicz to the State of the Union. She’s also a hero to me for calling out the sexism she sees in the Senate in her book. — Claire

Michelle Obama (First Lady of the United States of America)

Michelle Obama Visits DC High School To Discuss Importance Of Education

Yes, so she’s not precisely a “politician” per se, but you know what? She spends enough time in the White House doing her own thing to make her count for me. She dresses like a dream, she seems like she’dbe fun at a party and she did the Dougie with a bunch of kids in her tireless quest to end the scourge of childhood obesity. I couldn’t ask for anything more.Megan

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)


Elizabeth fucking Warren, you guys. When the Senator from Massachusetts isn’t busy trying to rescue millennials from drowning under mountains of student loan debt, calling out anti-vaxxers for their stupidity and fighting to increase the minimum wage, she’s offering up awesome life advice like:

“Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you. And never be so faithful to your plan that when you hit a bump in the road — or when the bumps hit you — you don’t have the fortitude, grace and resiliency to rethink and regroup. Plans or no plans, keep a little space in your heart for the improbable. You won’t regret it.”

If I had my way, she would be the first female president of the United States. But I’ll settle for second (since Hillary Clinton will probably be the first). – Amelia

Amara Enyia (former candidate for Mayor of Chicago)


I once profiled her here. Amara was running for mayor for today’s 2015 Chicago mayoral election on a platform of equity for all Chicagoans through funding for the public schools and an elected school board, restorative justice programs, and support for small businesses in the neighborhoods. She had to withdraw when she couldn’t afford the legal fees to defend her candidacy after Rahm Emanuel’s people challenged her petitions, to which she responded with the class and values she always espouses: “Challenging petitions oppresses democracy. It’s not in the interest of the people. The people should decide who their representative should be.” She would have been an amazing mayor, and I can’t wait for her to run again!Rebecca

Sarah Palin (Vice Presidential Nominee)

Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Held In D.C.

oooOOoooOoohhhh CONTROVERSY. Whatever. Obviousl, Sarah Palin is a lunatic. Her politics are awful, and I think she’s crazy but, my goodness is she fun to watch! She helped Tina Fey ascend to a new level of Tina Fey-ness by providing fodder, and her passel of curiously-monikered kids remind me of the kids I hung out with when I lived in Alaska, briefly. I agree with not a single thing that comes out of her mouth, but I enjoy watching her flounder. I’d drink a beer with her and we’d talk about other stuff, like snow machines and reindeer sausage and the clear superiority of a Fred Meyer store above any other big box chains. We’d have a blast. — Megan

Caroline Kennedy

World Assembly for Women in Tokyo: WAW! Tokyo 2014

She carries on the Kennedy legacy of making the US a better place for all its citizens rather than just the wealthy. She used the privilege she grew up with to improve the world with her advocacy projects and tackled about three lifetimes’ worth of professional work so far in her career. Caroline’s also just the picture of class. She’s able to make important decisions under pressure and have a happy, fulfilling life even after dealing with such massive family loss. Claire

President Leslie Knope

Parks and Recreation - Season 7

I know we’ve all spent the waning hours since the finale trying to decide who that Security Service detail was for between Ben and Leslie (Ben is wearing the flag pin! Leslie said she was excited for her new challenge after the Governership!), so I’m just going to take a stand: LESLIE KNOPE, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. God Bless America and god bless Leslie Knope for being the fiercest, most wonderful character in sitcom history. Fiercely loyal, the right amount of whimsy (sorry Season 1, I’m pretending you don’t exist), passed Bechdel tests as often as I pass gas, Madame President Leslie Knope is by far the best politician I’ve seen. Knope 2052! Beejoli