Why Gillian Jacobs Is Our Feminist Spirit Animal


Community is back this Thursday (yay!), which means our favorite TV feminist Britta Perry will be back in our living rooms soon! To build up the anticipation, her portrayer Gillian Jacobs is here to talk about being the only kid in school who was interested in issues like fair pay and paternity leave.

From Mother Jones:

“When I was younger, I was very vocal to the point of being strident in my views,” Jacobs says. “When you’re a kid in elementary school, you can often feel like you’re the only woman who cares about maternity and paternity leave, so you feel like you’re talking to a brick wall…In sixth grade, we all had to write this opinion paper. Most wrote about things like why we should be able to chew gum in class—I wrote about why women should receive equal pay. So I understand Britta.”

Not only was Gillian Jacobs adorably badass as a child, but her precocious political views obviously informs her portrayal of one of entertainment’s funniest, most refreshing characters. Talk about uncool childhood interests carrying over into adulthood in the best ways! And if that wasn’t enough, Jacobs also mentions how kids teased her for liking public radio programming so much. That’s funny because I bet those former classmates are now sharing articles on Facebook about the paternity leave debate, and starting conversations with, “Did you listen to that great Fresh Air interview?” In other words, they’re eating crow.

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