Happy International Women’s Day, the day we recognize the strength, talent, resilience, and power of women around the world. While we honor these attributes in women every day, today is a day of celebration. To do so, we’re sharing our list of women who inspire us in our writing and comedic efforts every day.
Of course, there are many more wonderful women deserving of recognition. We have chosen to highlight those whose careers we personally, as writers and self-proclaimed “funny people,” would like to emulate. Here they are:
Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer
If you know us, you know we love this fam. I mean, what haven’t Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer taught us? Their Comedy Central Show, Broad City, enlightened us to the raw humor women possess, even through hard times of oppression and/or mental illness. Abbi and Ilana have showed women how to be confident, naked, and ridiculous—all in effort to be living with the biggest smiles on our faces. They showed women how to uplift each other, even with the simplest of “Yas Queen”s. And most importantly, they showed us great friendship, because we gotta stick together. Ugh, BC, you will be missed! –Bridget & Juliette
Patti Smith has been my idol for many years now. She is strong in her femininity and effortless in her coolness. She inspires me every day because, as a young woman, she believed in her art, and she continues to do so decades later. She writes and she draws and she never stops creating. She found nourishment even in hunger, and love even in hate. Her story never ceases to astound me. I’ve read Just Kids maybe four times now and I never tire of her hopeful, loving voice. –Bridget
Aphra Behn is a sixteenth century poet, playwright, author and spy. She wrote groundbreaking erotic poetry about her sexual exploits with both men and women, and about rape before “rape culture” was a colloquialism. Her novel “Oroonoko”, is a love story about a black man who goes from being a slave to a member of the royal court, and a princess named Imoinda. However, it is not just a love story as Oroonoko also manages to lead a slave revolt and be executed during the course of the novel’s 70 pages. The elevation of a black man from a slave to a royal subject desirable to a princess of a different race was revolutionary during this time period. This piece of literature is widely considered to be the first novel written in the English language. Behn was also the first woman writer to be buried in Westminster Abbey. Interestingly enough, she became a writer after being recruited to be a spy. Spies did not make any money and she needed to support herself somehow. If only becoming a writer was still a financially intelligent decision and not a decision made based on passion…. –Juliette
Bim Adewunmi & Nichole Perkins
Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins from the awesome podcast, “Thirst Aid Kit”, grace our ears with dirty drabbles and moans of approval as they lust over sexy actors, cartoons, fictional characters, and more. Bim and Nichole, both talented journalists, are keeping the sexual revolution strong as they thirst without shame or stigma. Keep the desire strong, ladies! –Bridget
Julia Louis Dreyfus
Julia Louis Dreyfus broke into comedy, and SNL, when it was definitely still a boy’s club. She dropped out of Northwestern University after a talent scout from Saturday Night Live watched her improv troop preform and gave everyone jobs on the spot. She left SNL after they underutilized her, and several years later found Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. She created the character of Elaine Benes, a bold woman who was “one of the boys” but also so much more than that. Elaine was unapologetically herself. She was bold, fearless, intelligent, and flawed. She dated, she masturbated, she made it to the top of Peterman’s company, and then she created the memorable “Urban Sombrero” She didn’t dress fashionably, a choice Dreyfus made for herself, and her personality was the bulk of her appeal, not her looks. When Julia Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned to Instagram and shared an uplifting message making her fans aware of her illness, giving support to other women suffering, and calling for better health care in America. She recently received the Mark Twain Award for American Comedy and the final season of Veep airs in May. There is no other person I would rather be named after. –Juliette
Soooooooo… Gillian is my ultimate style and hair icon but her inspiration goes so much further than appearance. I first saw Gillian in the Netflix original series, Love, in which she plays a sassy, charismatic recovering love addict, Mickey. From the first moment I saw her dressed in a red bathing suit, high-waisted jeans, and Adidas slides, I knew she was my gal both on screen and off. I aspire to be her every day…maybe because she made out with Richard Madden but mostly because she’s so straight up about her mental health. She’s not afraid to admit she’s feeling some types of ways, and she’s confidently straight edge. Go Gil!
Cazzie David is the more attractive, younger, and more relatable version of Larry David for millennials, although to be honest I would definitely date both of them. Cazzie has a fantastic YouTube series called 86ed, recently received a book deal, and signed a contract with Amazon to produce a television series. I’ll take one of her careers, please! –Juliette
Rachel Kushner is a multi-facetted, exceedingly dedicated, hardworking, talented fiction writer. I admit, I have only ready one of her novels—her second, The Flamethrowers (2013), about a young badass, motorcycle-riding woman amid the 1970s NYC art scene, who travels to Italy during turbulent socio-political upheaval—but only a single read proves how powerful her work is. Her skill in seamlessly intermingling true history with fictional characters and storylines, all corroborated by her meticulous research and craft, made for one hell of a book. I cannot wait to read her next novel, The Mars Room (2018). –Bridget
Ali Wong is one of the funniest women alive. She has two fantastic Netflix specials, makes more money than her Harvard Business graduate husband, and is a mom. She frequently makes fun of herself, of her close friends, and of motherhood. One of her jokes from her second Netflix special is about one time when she told a joke to her pregnant friend and her pregnant laughed so loudly she queefed for several minutes. A sincere joke about how funny you are is a bold move, hats off to you, Ali Wong! –Juliette
I am obsessed with how absolutely gorgeous Zoe Kravitz is in the most sincere and least reductive way possible. She wore an 18 karat gold top (bra?) to the Vanity Fair Oscars Party!!!!!! I want to smoke with her, joke with her, sleep with her (consensually of course), borrow her clothes, and get her tips on self-confidence. Hit me up, Zoe! –Juliette (but Bridget stans as well).
And the list goes on! But we’d never sleep. Thanks for reading if you did. To all the women out there: stay strong, stay resilient. Our world is a little lot fucked right now, but we’re here for each other. There are words being written. Jokes being shared. Voices being heard. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻