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|7 Jan|3 mins

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls is the Best Thing on Instagram

This is what we call girl power
Laura Collins
7 Jan
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It’s way too easy to lose hours of your life mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. Dreamy travel shots and cute pictures of your friends are great, but we’re all for adding a little brain power into your feed too. You won’t feel so guilty for the time spent online, and you’ll come away with a decent dose of warm and fuzzies. Our pick of the crop? Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls – @amypoehlersmartgirls.

Most of us know Amy as the comedy queen, star of Parks and Recreation and ex-Saturday Night Live headliner. In 2014, she launched Smart Girls with her best friend, producer Meredith Walker. Created as an organisation dedicated to “helping young people cultivate their authentic selves”, they’re all for brains, curiosity, imagination, humour and weirdness. Their name is a nod to being ‘the Smart Girl at the party’ (and who doesn’t want to be that?).

So, what can you expect if you follow it? Well…

They celebrate amazing women, like musician Janelle Monae and author Zadie Smith, and the many clever things they say.

News
|7 Jan|3 mins

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls is the Best Thing on Instagram

This is what we call girl power
Laura Collins
7 Jan
Share:

It’s way too easy to lose hours of your life mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. Dreamy travel shots and cute pictures of your friends are great, but we’re all for adding a little brain power into your feed too. You won’t feel so guilty for the time spent online, and you’ll come away with a decent dose of warm and fuzzies. Our pick of the crop? Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls – @amypoehlersmartgirls.

Most of us know Amy as the comedy queen, star of Parks and Recreation and ex-Saturday Night Live headliner. In 2014, she launched Smart Girls with her best friend, producer Meredith Walker. Created as an organisation dedicated to “helping young people cultivate their authentic selves”, they’re all for brains, curiosity, imagination, humour and weirdness. Their name is a nod to being ‘the Smart Girl at the party’ (and who doesn’t want to be that?).

So, what can you expect if you follow it? Well…

They celebrate amazing women, like musician Janelle Monae and author Zadie Smith, and the many clever things they say.

Image by @amypoehlersmartgirls via Instagram

They use the #OTD – On This Day – hashtag to highlight epic moments in women’s history, like when Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice of the United States Supreme Court. Excellent for when you really do want to be the smart girl at the party, or dinner table, or on the netball court.

Image by @amypoehlersmartgirls via Instagram

They say smart and insightful things like this…

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...and this.

Image by @amypoehlersmartgirls via Instagram

They also find utterly brilliant young girls and women from all over the world, and use their Instagram and website as a platform for good; to share their stories, hard work and success. The editors at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls hunt down cool, clever ladies doing important things in their community, interview them, and share their greatest tidbits on the ‘gram.

Like 13-year-old Anushka Naiknaware, who helped invent a bandage which makes wounds heal faster.

Image by @amypoehlersmartgirls via Instagram

Or 15-year-old twins Sofia and Isabella Mandich, who developed the music share app Synchronicity, and started their own company, Twins Rock Media, to highlight the importance of STEM education for girls (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Image by @amypoehlersmartgirls via Instagram

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Laura Collins
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