In Praise of My Female Friends

There is an interesting and wonderful pattern in my life; I am surrounded with incredible women.  Having moved quite frequently over the years, I have faced that frightening prospect of making new friends as a professional adult.  Somehow, in each place I’ve lived, I have managed to befriend some of the most interesting, accomplished, hilarious, strong, kind, and thoughtful women.  My female friends make me laugh till I cry, they challenge me to be a better person, they inspire me to make a positive change in the world, and they remind me of the power that women have when we come together.

Regardless of the reason we come together  (whether it’s dinner, spirituality, philanthropy, happy hour, or work), each woman brings a unique set of experiences and perspectives that benefit everyone involved.  And no matter what country we call home, female friendships and connections illuminate the commonalities between us and humanize us to the other.

The universe has been kind to me.  There is no shortage of amazing women in the world and I have been fortunate enough to build extraordinary friendships in my life.  My friends are my family and I feel honored to call these women my sisters.

Further reading:


“Women’s friendships are a renewable source of power”: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at TEDWomen 2015

“I don’t know what I would do without my women friends…they make me stronger, smarter, braver.” YES!

TED Blog

Lili Tomlin and Jane Fonda speak at TEDWomen2015 - Momentum, Session 6 May 29, 2015, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, USA. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED Lili Tomlin and Jane Fonda have a friendship that has spanned decades. In an interview with Pat Mitchell, they revealed what they look for in friends — and why female friendship is just so special. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been friends since 9 to 5. And the pair walks onto the TEDWomen stage to talk about the importance of female friendship, the audience standing up to applaud as they take a seat on a couch.

“What do you look for in a friend?” asks host Pat Mitchell, kicking off the conversation.

“I look for someone who has a sense of fun,” says Tomlin. “Someone who’s audacious, who is forthcoming, who has politics, who has even a small scrap of passion for the planet. Someone who is decent, has a sense of justice, and thinks I’m worthwhile.”

Fonda’s eyes light up with a smile. “I don’t know what…

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