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The Beauty of Friendships Among Women
[From Our Archives]

Today, July 30, is International Day of Friendship. The United Nations urges us to think of the importance of friendship to the well-being of our world, noting:

Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.

Since there is no Happy Phenomenal Women in My Life Day, many of us can take this opportunity to treat today as the Day for Great Friendships Among Women—a way to honor the invaluable sisterhood in our lives, the community of women who surround us with joy, laughter, friendship, and fellowship.

In the good times and the bad, through health and sickness, we have come through our  20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s because of unwavering friendships that have taught us how to be stronger women and better versions of ourselves. Here are some of our contributors’ best stories of the power of friendship.

 

RENEGADES’ REUNION
By Laura Baudo Sillerman | August 7, 2012

At our “we-unions”—our yearly gatherings of old friends—we find, again and again, the comfort of compatibility that is really much more like soul-matching. READ MORE

 

MAKE NEW FRIENDS . . . BUT KEEP THE OLD
By Eleanore Wells | December 30, 2014

The author moved from New York City to the other side of the world—Sydney, Australia—at age 59. This took her out of her comfort zone: she writes, “I’m not unfriendly, but I am an introvert, and that looks the same as unfriendly. Can feel like it, too. Making friends on this end would require me to acquire some new skills . . . some ‘reaching out to people first’ skills. Yikes!” READ MORE

 

TOP 10 REASONS I LOVE MY FRENCH GIRLFRIENDS
By Tish Jett  | January 30, 2012

Reason No. 7: They accept, forgive, and move on. Unless someone hurts them out of pure cruelty, they somehow find an explanation on the route to forgiveness. I often find this amazing. My friends seem to have an infinite capacity for tolerance and forgiveness. READ MORE

 

WOMEN AND THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP ON FILM
By Women’s Voices for Change | June 29, 2014

Five compelling films (many of them adapted from the page) that pay homage to the gift that is the enduring friendships among women. READ MORE

 

TONI READS: ‘SHE MATTERS: A LIFE IN FRIENDSHIPS’
By Toni Myers | June 1, 2013

She Matters does reawaken a wish to have more open and deeper relationships with my women friends, to talk about what matters, to admit to our less than virtuous motives and deeds, to tell our deepest worries. READ MORE

 

FINDING FRIENDS FAST—WHEREVER YOU ARE
By Karen O’Connor  | September 28, 2014

Tips from a woman who challenges herself to move from one city to another every two years: “Here are my suggestions for figuring out what you are going to do with yourself, and how to make new friends, after a major life transition . . . whether you’re moving to a new place, retiring, losing your spouse/partner, or whatever else has dramatically impacted you.” READ MORE

 

THE TAO OF FRIENDSHIP
By Suzanne Russell | July 21, 2015

Patty Hudak and I have been friends for more than 30 years. We have always been able to be at each other’s side when it mattered most. I don’t think that either of us has ever asked for too much, or been disappointed. We have talked through, marriage problems, expat issues, pregnancies, raising children, growing older, and aging and dying parents. READ MORE

 

FILLING THE FRIENDSHIP GAP: A TALE OF TWO CITIES
By Dianne McCutcheon | August 14, 2012

The activities of the Transition Network’s D.C. chapter appealed to me, so I paid the yearly dues and plunged in. Within six months I had met more than 25 smart, interesting, dynamic women, and some of them seemed to be developing into friends.  Here were my retirement friends! And they weren’t all librarians! There was a refreshing diversity of personality and point of view, for I was meeting college professors, business executives, lawyers, writers, health-care administrators. I could hardly wait to retire so I could to spend more time with them. READ MORE

 

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