Back in 2016, a video came into my feed that caught my attention. It was Jennifer Saunders’ acceptance speech at the Glamour Women of Honour awards. The speech happened just before the launch of the Absolutely Fabulous Movie, a film created and pioneered by women. At the end, Saunders makes a profound point –
“If I have made an outstanding contribution to anything, I hope it’s to the promotion of female friendships…the work I’ve done with Dawn and Joanna is about empowerment for women. It’s about female friendships.”
Inspired by this moment, I wanted to celebrate similar great moments of female friendship from both fiction and the real world. Share this with your own Dawn French or Jennifer Saunders and tell them you love them. Let’s marvel at the power of female friendships.
1. Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French at the Glamour Awards
Let’s start with the video that inspired the post. Jennifer and Dawn for life.
2. The 2017 Women’s March
Image via The Reading Eagle
On January 21st this year women across the globe marched for their rights. It’s now widely considered the world’s biggest march of its kind. The driving force behind that march was women clubbing together and making shit happen. It’s female friendship on a global scale, and it’s proof that when we put our minds to it, we can organise a fucking big rally with some pretty bad ass hats in the mix too.
3. Almost every single moment between Annie and Sophia in Girlboss
Annie is perhaps one of the greatest women ever written, I want to be her friend. Her best friend Sophie is more than a handful and puts their friendship to the test throughout the whole series. However there are countless moments of tender, hilarious female friendship throughout the whole series, so go and watch it right now.
Fun fact: Girlboss is what inspired Queen Ruth to convince Queen Liv we should blog again. Watch the friendship between these two women and you’ll get why. Liv, you are my Annie.
4. Annie and Lillian from Bridesmaids in the coffee shop
Bridesmaids’ greatness lies in its friendships. And Annie and Lillian are the crux of the film. The moment I’ve chosen is when they’re having fries and coffee after their workout in the park. It beautifully captures how women talk to one another, and makes you wish you were friends with both of them.
5. Gloria Steinem on all women everywhere
“Women understand. We may share experiences, make jokes, paint pictures, and describe humiliations that mean nothing to men, but women understand. The odd thing about these deep and personal connections of women is that they often ignore barriers of age, economics, worldly experience, race, culture — all the barriers that, in male or mixed society, had seemed so difficult to cross.”
—New York Magazine, December 1971