C.J. Cregg is My Spirit Animal

I love all kinds of book and television characters: heroes, villains, the straight man, the genius, the fool. But what I love more than anything — what makes my little heart go pitter-patter — is a well-rounded, kickass heroine. They’re not always easy to spot, so when I find one I love her immediately, and hard.

The West Wing finished its prime time run in 2006, and I came across it sometime in 2014 when looking for something to binge watch on Netflix. I had no idea that I was about to meet the love of my life.

CJ Cregg: One in forty American men wear women's clothing and we've had well over forty presidents. I'm just saying, one of these guys was dancing around the Oval Office in a prom dress. Now let's get to the bottom of that.

Claudia Jean (C.J.) Cregg is everything I aspire to be: strong, confident, independent, funny, and smart. As the White House’s Press Secretary, she’s cool under pressure, knows everything, and is able to explain it in an easy-to-understand way. She’s a good friend, a dedicated feminist, and — my favorite — not afraid to stand up for her beliefs.

CJ Cregg: You know, if I was living in Kumar, I wouldn’t be able to say, “Shove it up your ass, Toby.”

 

Her thoughts on the importance of clothing also match mine.

Reporter: Can you tell us what you're wearing?

CJ Cregg: It's a dress.

And then there’s this gem, which based on my experience seems to be a great metaphor for almost everything at the state and federal levels.

CJ Cregg: There is no group of people this large in the world that can keep a secret. I find it comforting. It’s how I know for sure that the government isn’t covering up aliens in New Mexico.

In tough or stressful situations, I channel C.J. She’s a badass, and anyone who says otherwise is going to have to answer to me.

CJ Cregg: I’m the enforcer. I’m going to crush him, I’m going to make him cry and then I’m gonna tell his mama about it.

Amy Peveto

Amy picked up her first book as a toddler and hasn’t been spotted without one since. She has an unhealthy obsession with refining her TBR list, and you’ll have to pry her ragged paperback copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice out of her cold, dead hands.

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