“Females are strong as hell.” That’s the anthem of Kimmy Schmidt the person and the show. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt launched herself onto Netflix this month to tell you that women can overcome anything, including being held prisoner in a bunker for 15 years and starting from scratch in New York City.
Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) is heroic. She overcame something pretty horrible and yet despite that she made a new life for herself in New York City. She left the known and familiar to start again without the baggage of her old life. After years of not having the ability to make her own decisions, she went out on her own with very few resources. But without judgement of others, Kimmy finds her way.
Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski), like Kimmy, needs a fresh start. Her husband leaves her for months at a time and isn’t exactly the most faithful. Her family life is a disaster but she’s afraid to go out on her own. Jacqueline isn’t brave until she learns what Kimmy has overcome. One woman’s ability to overcome unsurmountable odds gives another the courage to attempt to conquer as well. That’s why we need more Kimmy Schmidts in the world.
Kimmy took control of not only her physical location, but her mental state. She’s friendly and helpful. Some would call her naive but that naivety helps her solve problems thought unsolvable. Kimmy Schmidt doesn’t try to screw over other women to get what she wants. She genuinely cares about everyone’s feelings. (Except on her birthday.)
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an important show for women because every 25(ish) minutes we’re reminded that we’re “strong as hell”. Whether it’s a tough day at work or something truly harrowing like being stuck in a bunker for years, we can overcome it. And we don’t have to put each other down or step over one-another to do it. The knowledge that one woman is unbreakable encourages the rest of us. Thank you, Kimmy Schmidt. You’re alive dammit and you’re a miracle.