"Yes Please," the new non-fiction essay collection by "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler, proves that Poehler has at least one thing in common with her TV persona, Leslie Knope, other than her blonde hair. Much like Knope, an optimistic government official in the small town of Pawnee, Indiana, Poehler admires strong women. She doesn't just see them in older women who offer their mentorship and help, she also spots them in the younger women around her and even in herself. We would be zero percent surprised to find photo collages of Maya Angelou, Poehler's pals and Poehler herself decorating her real-life dressing room.
This is one of the most prominent themes in the book, part-memoir and recollection, part-ponderings on life, which goes on sale today. "Yes Please" is for everyone, but it's especially for those who want to celebrate all the amazing and not-so-amazing things that come along with being a woman in modern society.
Ahead, some of the most feminist quotes in "Yes Please:"
“It’s called 'Yes Please' because it is the constant struggle and often the right answer. Can we figure out what we want, ask for it, and stop talking? Yes please. Is being vulnerable a power position? Yes please. Am I allowed to take up space? Yes please. Would you like to be left alone? Yes please.
"I love saying 'yes' and I love saying 'please.' Saying 'yes' doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying 'please' doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission. 'Yes please' sounds powerful and concise. It’s a response and a request. It is not about being a good girl; it is about being a real woman."
"We wanted to build a brand that attempted to combat the deluge of s--t young people see every day online. It actually all started with the idea of one simple show. It would be a 'Charlie Rose'-type interview show for girls that ended in a spontaneous dance party. We wanted to celebrate the curious girl, the nonfamous, the everyday warrior."
"'Good for her! Not for me.' That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me."
"The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are."
"It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and your real estate."
"Now that you're starting to have a sense of who you are, you know better what kind of friend you want and need. My peers are crushing it right now and it's totally amazing and energizing to watch. I have made friends with older women whom k have admired for years who let me learn from their experience. I drink from their life well. They tell me about hormones and vacation spots and neck cream. I am interested in people who swim in the deep end. I want to have conversations about real things. I'm tired of talking about movies and gossiping about friends. Life is crunchy and complicated and all the more delicious."
"I have always had a job, so when I had my two children I didn't assume I would stop working. I slowed down, which I was happy to do. I was grateful that I could. Most can't. However, I had no plans of being a full-time stay at home mother. This is not to say I don't think being a stay at home mother is not a job. It certainly is. It's just not for me. Remember my motto, 'good for you, not for me.'"
"There is an unspoken pact that women are supposed to follow. I am supposed to act like I constantly feel guilty about being away from my kids. (I don't. I love my job.) Mothers who stay at home at supposed to pretend they're bored and wish they were doing more corporate things. (They don't. They love their job.) If we all stick to the plan there will be less blood in the streets."
"Don't have sex with people you don't want to have sex with. Remember that no matter how old you are, every time you see that person the first thing you will think of is 'I had sex with you.'"
"Don't get undressed and start pointing out your flaws or apologizing for thing you think are wrong with your body. Men don't notice or care. They are about to get laid! They are so psyched. Men are very visual, so if you don't want them to look at your stomach just out fake mustaches on your breasts to distract them."
"The lessons? Women are mighty. George Clooney loves bits. Doing something together is often more fun than going it alone. And you don't always have to win to get the pudding."
"Let me take a minute to say I love bossy women. Some people hate the word, and I understand how 'bossy' can seem like a s--tty way to describe a woman with a determined point of view, but for me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and to celebrate."