They lift you up when you’re feeling low and can make you feel good about who you are.
So as we wind down International Women’s Month, let’s take a look at some fabled famous female friends, that we’re pretty sure did some heavy emotional lifting for each other at any given time.
Many of these famous female friendships were forged through feminists movements, shared adversity, family relationships or similar careers. Here are a few…
Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, two of the founding members of one of the first women’s movement, together campaigned for women’s suffrage, with Anthony as the speech giver and Stanton as the speech writer.
Hellen Keller and Anne Sullivan became lifelong friends after the 20-year-old Sullivan became young Helen’s teacher. Keller famously said that her initial meeting with Sullivan was her “soul’s birthday.” With Sullivan teaching, encouraging and pushing her, Keller became the first deaf/blind person to graduate from college.
Jackie Kennedy and Lee Radziwell were sisters and at one time great friends. Jackie Kennedy, FLOTUS to John F. Kennedy, is recognized as one of America’s most stylish First Ladies. Radziwell had an equally glamorous legacy as a princess. These two sisters bonded early as their outwardly privileged childhoods were shadowed by their father’s reputed affairs and alcohol abuse. The relationship of these iconic, fashionable sisters and (former ) friends allegedly descended into a bitter rivalry over social status and men. An expressive, gossip-filled retelling of the two sisters relationship and rivalry is available in the book, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee, written by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, a NY times best-seller is still available.
Gloria Steinem and Marlo Thomas may have seemed unlikely friends, but Thomas once stated the 2 met in 1967 as they consulted about Thomas possibly playing the emerging feminist Steinem in a film. Reputedly, they bonded over their mutual shock when the producer stated he didn’t know which one he’d “like to f#@k first.” As their friendship deepened, Steinem brought Thomas into the center of the feminist movement in which both are still active today.
Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King: who of us doesn’t know the story of these two, who met when Winfrey was a fledgling TV anchor and King a production assistant? Each of these iconic black television personalities has enjoyed spectacular success while maintaining their famously enduring friendship.
So who’s your fabulous friend…your “sisafrien?” “Sisafrien” is an Urban Dictionary term that denotes those women who may not be blood sisters, but are sisters of our hearts. Excuse me …I have to go call mine.