Women’s History Month 2012: Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy

23 Mar

They say you can judge a person’s character by the company she keeps. If that’s true, it says wonderful things about today’s dual celebration. Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy are more than just famous friends, they are comedians, feminists, activists, and humanitarians and I must confess I absolutely love them!

Mo Gaffney was born in 1958 in San Diego. She started a career in comedy young and has appeared in numerous television shows. She is particularly well known for her appearances on Absolutely Fabulous (where she steals many an episode) and That 70s Show. She has also hosted a TV chat show, Women Aloud, on Comedy Central.

Kathy Najimy was also born in San Diego, in 1957. Her best-known television roles are on Veronica’s Closet and King of the Hill. She has appeared in many movies, lending them her quirky charm, with her breakout role coming in 1992’s Sister Act. She was chosen as woman of the year by Ms.magazine in 2005.

Both women are outspoken activists and advocates. They participate in activities supporting women’s rights, LGBT equality, reproductive choice, positive body image, fighting racism, and opposing pointless wars. Close friends, they have performed three shows together: Parallel Lives, The Dark Side, and Afterbirth. The first two both won Obie awards. A broadcast of The Dark Side won two Cable Ace awards.  If you want to see true activism that is brilliantly executed with extraordinary wit, I strongly encourage you to rent or buy the dvd, The Kathy and Mo Show Parallel Lives/ The Dark Side. I saw this years ago with my husband and just fell in love with both women.  Here is a lovely clip of the Kathy and Mo Show and how they do a marvelous job with humor addressing the intersections of oppression.  Mo and Kathy, it is an honor to celebrate you during Women’s History Month!


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