Since time immemorial — or 1989 — the red carpet has been the place for celebrities to gather in front of live cameras for the world at home. Witty banter, fashion shout-outs, and banal small talk rule the day. If you’re very lucky, someone will go off-book and say something colorful or someone will engage in accidental physical comedy.

But what if there was another way? Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls is an organization dedicated to helping girls (and boys) be true to themselves. The group values intelligence and imagination above “fitting in.” Along that vein, Smart Girls often signal boosts the achievements of young people on social media and hosts a a variety of ways to keep girls interested in STEM fields.

They were also at the 67th Annual Emmys last night, armed with questions from their followers that were anything but average red carpet fare!

#1: How important is it that female TV characters be “likable?”

#2: How do you think we can better represent all vast types of women in media, especially television?

#3: Is there a character in fiction or literature you dream of playing?

#4: What talented actress do you wish was more recognized for her work?

#5: How do you think the film industry could better portray the lives, struggles, and joys of real women?

#6: What do you say to your female BFF who doesn’t think we need feminism anymore?

#7: If you could have a conversation with yourself from 5 years ago, what would you say?

#8: Tell me about a time you were faced with insurmountable odds, yet persevered to overcome.

#9: What qualities should girls be looking for in their role models in media?

#10: Any advice for a young woman wanting to go into film/TV production or directing?

#11: What should ever woman know how to do?

#12: Whose career (or influence), living or dead, inspires your choices behind the scenes?

#13: Who is your one true inspiration that keeps you going through everything and made you follow your dream?

#14: Who is your favorite female lead of all time and why?

#15: Do you have any advice on how to handle failure?

#16: What’s one dream you’ve achieved that you’re most proud of and why?

#17: What song do you listen to that psyches you up and makes you feel strong?

#18: Who was the most influential mentor in your career and what’s the most powerful lesson he/she taught you?

#19: What prominent female entertainment figure would make a great late night host of a talk show and why?


Mom. Wife. Geek. Gamer. Feminist. Writer. Sarcastic. Succinct. Donna has been writing snark for the Internet in one form or another for almost a decade. She has a lot of opinions, mostly on science-fiction, fantasy, feminism, and Sailor Moon. Follow her on Twitter (@MildlyAmused) for more of all these things.