Best known for her work in more than 30 films (including the blockbusters Sister Act, Hocus Pocus and Rat Race), as the voice of Peggy Hill on King of the Hill, and for her current roles on VEEP, Younger, and Graves, Kathy Najimy is also a celebrated advocate on the frontline of a myriad of progressive social causes including #MeToo and Time’s Up. Outspoken, energizing and inspirational, Najimy combines her acting and talents with a passionate commitment to equality, women’s leadership and issues ranging from increasing cancer research to LGBTQ rights.
As the Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year, Najimy has been called a “social action hero.” She credits her drive to her strong desire to see all living things treated equitably. “First and foremost, I’m a feminist. And basically that stems from a strong belief that all deserve equal opportunity, rights, and respect,” she says. Her long-standing advocacy has placed her at the forefront of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Najimy has also led the way for AIDS activism for 30 years and has been honored for her work for women and girls rights and self- esteem, reproductive rights and student rights. A staunch advocate for animal rights, she was awarded the PETA Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented by Sir Paul McCartney.
Najimy’s producing and directing projects reflect her passion for equality and social justice. She is currently producing a series about the Women’s Movement in the 70’s and developing Blue Woman, Red Town, a documentary about the 53% of white married women who voted for President Trump. She has helped create an off Broadway Show about Gloria Steinem. Najimy’s other notable performing credits include the multi-award-winning two-woman feminist comedy, The Kathy and Mo Show (which she wrote, directed and starred in with Mo Gaffney) and roles on the television shows Veronica’s Closet, Numb3rs and The Big C. She has even been an entrepreneur, inventing and acting as the spokeswoman for a problem-solving new garment for women.
Warm, delightful, human, humorous and with refreshing candor, Kathy Najimy encourages audiences to make a difference in the world. Whether she’s speaking out against sexism, racism or homophobia or speaking up for the power of women to lead in male-dominated industries, audiences are drawn in by her passionate, infectious idealism. Najimy’s philosophy always engages and inspires. “We are all equal, connected by our sense of common humanity, and able to achieve great things together.”