Talent Crush

There are women who light us up with all that they are and all that they have accomplished. This is where you get to crush out with us.

Chrissy Teigen Talent Crush

Chrissy Teigen

Long live Chrissy Teigen!

I can’t begin to articulate how much I love this woman. My all time favorite moment was when she thought her husband went to the gym and turns out he was in China

But what I admire most about Teigen is her ongoing insistence on being her own version of her human self even though it would be so much easier to play the pretty but plastic woman people tend to expect from someone in her profession. Read more

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Talent Crush

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

A few months after the deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, I made a tasteless comment to Older Son. He was planning to engage in an activity that I felt risked life and limb. So I said to him, “If you end up dead, just know I will pull a Debbie Reynolds.” This meant that if he died I would be dead within 24 hours and just as he was getting settled into the afterlife I would show up and ruin all his fun. Read more

Elena Kagan Talent Crush

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Let us pause in our praise of Notorious RBG for just a moment and have a look down the bench at Elena Kagan. Forget she has to sit next to the new guy who, let’s face it, not everyone is particularly thrilled with, and get to know Justice Kagan. She worked for Bill Clinton so some people don’t like her for that. She’s never been a trial lawyer so some people have a problem with her for that. She was appointed by President Obama. She’s Jewish. She went to Princeton, Oxford and Harvard. Oh my God! She was born in Manhattan?

The strikes are piling up here. East coast elite, Ivory tower, out of touch with the common man…blah-bidity-blah-bidity-blah. Read more

Stephanie and Joan Talent Crush

Stephanie and Joan

For Mother’s Day, it seemed fitting to pay tribute to our first and most influential talent crushes, our moms.  We love you Stephanie and Joan! Read more

Amy Poehler Talent Crush

Amy Poehler

Aileen is funner, more clever and a better writer than I am.  I’m good at lots of other things and that makes us a great team.  But when it comes to blog content, she’s the boss. We work together to come up with ideas and I’m happy to step back and play a supporting role.  This week, Aileen took on most of the meaty content and I asked how I could be helpful. She asked, “Do you think you could manage to do our Talent Crush blog on Amy Poehler?” Read more

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I tried writing 3 different versions of this talent crush but there are just people who speak better for themselves. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of those people. Author and thinker, Adichie gave a TED talk in 2012 that has been viewed over 1.6 million times on YouTube. The talk was turned into a book, We Should All Be Feminists, which is our reading challenge for the week.

Adichie speaks with humorous precision about feminism, a topic many of us flounder our way through. Read more

Madeleine Albright Talent Crush

Madeleine Albright

If ever I needed someone to tell me what to do about North Korea, I would choose Madeleine Albright. Few people know as much about fascist regimes as Albright. Like millions of people, Albright’s life was shaped by the violence of fascist regimes in the early half of the 20th century. Albright was the first female Secretary of State. She also oversaw some of the more controversial decisions the Clinton administration made, both at the U.N. and as Secretary of State. Read more

Discovery Of Witches

Lindy West

For those of you not familiar with Lindy West, she is a very, very funny comedian and an excellent writer. What’s even more impressive, is that she has taken those skills and uses them as tools for political activism. Lindy isn’t afraid to speak up on notoriously difficult subjects like abortion, rape jokes and fat shaming. Well, maybe she is afraid, but she does it anyway and we’ve all agreed that means she’s brave.

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Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is ambitious. And we, as consumers of media, are the direct beneficiaries of her ambition. I have enjoyed every project she involves herself in. She’s going to be in the Ocean’s 8 film coming out this summer. She was in A Wrinkle in Time. The Mindy Project remains one of my all time favorite TV shows. I laughed all the way through her first book and I haven’t read her second one but I just ordered it from the library so I have that to look forward to.

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Tammy Duckworth

US Senator Tammy Duckworth

Senator Tammy Duckworth is the consummate American hero. Her resume is so impressive it brings tears to my eyes. Duckworth served in the US Army in Iraq as a helicopter pilot. It was one of the few combat positions available to women. She suffered severe combat wounds and became a double amputee in 2004. After recovery, she went BACK into military service for another decade. She retired from the Illinois Army National Guard in 2014 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Read more