Grab your bouquets of hand-crocheted flower pens and mosaic portraits of your besties made from the crushed bottles of their favorite diet sodas, because it’s Galentine’s Day, y’all.
And what better way to celebrate Galentine’s Day than recognizing the woman who brought the holiday into the limelight, one of our favorite fictional feminists, Leslie Knope. After all, “Galentine’s day is about celebrating lady friends. It’s wonderful and it should be a national holiday.”
I’m just picking a few of my favorite Leslie Knope moments to remind you why we celebrate Galentine’s Day: to lift up all our sisters (not just cis-ters!) and bring down the patriarchy.
Leslie Knope is always encouraging her lady friends, even when she’s the one who needs to be lifted up. And she really has some incredible compliments.
She’s passionate about the value and strength of women, and she dedicates time to instilling that passion in others, especially young girls.
We all supported her when she called out white male privilege in the boys’ club of local government…
…AND national politics.
She was brave enough to say what most of us were thinking re: “meninism.”
She pointed out the double standard of power across genders AND taught us all a lesson about body positivity.
One of Leslie Knope’s most important lessons was exactly what many women need to hear: it’s perfectly fine to be proud of your work and your accomplishments.
So with some empowering Leslie Knope moments fresh in your brain, go forth and celebrate your Galentine’s Day. But remember, Galentine’s Day isn’t just for February 13. Like Leslie Knope says “anytime a group of women get together for brunch, we embody the spirit of the holiday.”
Source for all photos/media: NBC