I’m going to be blunt here: if you haven’t watched an episode of Parks and Recreation, you’re missing out. The protagonist, Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) has successfully merged into one of my biggest heroes. Here’s why.

1. She’s a feminist.


Leslie Knope continuously fights for female empowerment. She even creates her own holiday, ‘Galentines Day’, in which all girls are celebrated. Her role-models are female politicians such as Eleanor Roosevelt, and her goal is for there to be equality gender-wise in that field. Way to go, Leslie!

2. She’s dedicated.


Even her boss snaps at her for putting in too much effort, that’s how hard-working she is. She does everything with zeal, whether it be surveying the citizens of Pawnee or finding a partner for her best friend Ann (“Ann, you beautiful spinster. I will find you love.”)

3. She’s funny.


Well, it’s a comedy. What do you expect? Ah, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve cracked up over Leslie’s comebacks or facial expressions.

4. She appreciates sugary treats every now and then.


Waffles are Leslie’s passion, and she doesn’t say no to breakfast food at lunch. Hey, it’s good!

5. And she’s married to Ben Wyatt. 


I just had to add that one in, purely due to the fact that I envy her greatly for this. He’s great, and perfect for her. Because Leslie Knope is my spirit animal, did I mention that? ★


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