Friendships We Love This Galentine’s Day!
Hey! Hey! Hey ladies! Our fave holiday is here and no, it is not that candy heart, red rose raining, pink and red parade known as Valentine’s Day. It’s Galentine’s Day! Time to leave bae at home and spend the day before Valentine’s with your truest soulmates, your best girlfriends. Those badass chicks you call to both vent about your stresses and celebrate your successes deserve to be honored!
Since Galentine’s Day debuted in 2010, many the fierce female group have embarked on this annual celebration of womanhood and the power of the best gal-pal. Whether it’s your work wife, your sister, or the lady in your book club you most definitely have a friend crush on, Galentine’s Day is for everyone! In honor of this most momentous of holidays, here are some prime examples of powerhouse platonic partnerships and what, in their own words, makes their friendship so special.
Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King
A blog about ladies’ friendships wouldn’t be worth reading if it didn’t mention this dynamic duo. When you look up the term “best friends” the ONLY definition should be these two. Best buds for 40 years, these two have spent the majority of their lives supporting, confiding, and downright having fun together. Gayle and Oprah were celebrating their friendship long before Parks and Rec made it cool. They’ve weathered both literal and figurative storms and helped build each other up every step of the way. Let’s face it, we are all green with envy of their kinship. Oprah put it best when she said “She is… the mother I never had. She is… the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person.” Tears!
Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett
Some friendships are so much more than companionship – they are also a mentorship. Ball was 22 years older than Burnett and already a comedian powerhouse by the time they met. After seeing Burnett perform in an off-Broadway production, the two chatted backstage. The conversation ended with Lucille gifting Carol with the nickname “Kid” and inviting her to phone her if she ever needed anything. Carol took her up on the offer, asking Lucy to be a guest on her CBS special years later. From there, the rest is history, and the two became fast friends. Just imagine how brunch with these ladies would be the most fun any of will ever have. Lucy even held a black tie baby shower for her dear friend.
Their kinship was so special that Lucy made a point of sending flowers to her friend every year for her birthday. Unfortunately, it would be on Carol’s birthday that her dear friend Lucy died. The comedian received flowers that afternoon with a card that read “Happy Birthday, Kid.” It’s okay to cry.
Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova
These two are living proof that the whole “women can only be competitive with each other” is complete and total bull. Chris and Martina competed in 80 tennis matches against one another as fierce competitors. Yet they still managed to become the best of friends. They were #workwives long before Urban Dictionary got hip to the phrase. Through divorces, coming out, and lost matches, the two have continued to support each other. Navratilova wrote of her rival/bestie in her autobiography “Before I even met her, she stood for everything I admired in this country: poise, ability, sportsmanship, money, style.” We would definitely want to hang with these two, just don’t hit us up for a doubles match.
Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
Sow and Friedman along with Gina Delvac, their producer, host the incredibly popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend. Since it’s inception in 2014, Call Your Girlfriend has offered an entertaining yet educational look into the power of female friendships. The two discuss everything from politics to social issues to cream of mushroom soup being a casserole game-changer. Having met like most Bffs do… at a Gossip Girl viewing party, Aminatou and Ann’s friendship in their own words was “meant to be.”
Since that viewing party, they have launched CYG podcast for long-distance besties everywhere. Sow made Forbes’ 30 under 30 list and co-founded Tech LadyMafia. Friedman has had a very successful career as a freelance journalist, writing for New York Magazine and The Los Angeles Times. In the book All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and The Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister (A book that we HIGHLY recommend) Aminatou is quoted for saying about her special relationship with Ann “I don’t even think I say she’s my best friend because it’s so much more than that to me. She is the person I talk about everyday. She is my Person.”
This is just a small sampling of kick ass lady friendships. Spend this Galentine’s Day with the women you admire. Take the time to tell the women who make your life better, whether they are your coworkers, friends, sisters, and mothers that they mean the world to you.