Female friendship has been celebrated across many cultures as an important social, emotional, and even spiritual factor in women’s lives, especially in places where women do not have the same access to social and political spaces as men, or where the access that is offered doesn’t take into account experiences or circumstances unique to women. Relationships between women can follow patterns that differ from cross-gender or male friendships, and there have been many thoughts on the best way to foster, strengthen, and heal them.
Who am I and what do I have to give? How do I find my people—my tribe? What are the keys to creating amazing female connections? Connecting with women can be complicated. Finding a female tribe that supports and appreciates each other for a lifetime? Well, that can feel impossible.
For too long, women have been told that we are terrible at being friends, that we can’t help being cruel or competitive, or that we inevitably abandon each other for romantic partners. But we are rejecting those stereotypes and reclaiming the power of female friendship.