“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!

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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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