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Famous Female Friendships


From women’s rights pioneers to comedic duos, we’re celebrating famous female friendships in honor of National Friendship Day.

susan b anthony and elizabeth cady stanton

Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton

While these two may seem an unlikely pair; Elizabeth married and mother of seven and Susan a famous spinster, found their friendship through their shared humanitarian philosophies.  Leaders in the Woman’s Suffrage Movement as well as proponents for the fifteenth amendment, their friendship grew as they fought arm in arm for human rights.

Marilyn Monroe & Ella Fitzgerald

We all know her as an actress and icon, but Marilyn was also happy to take a back seat and support her friend Ella as she rose to jazz stardom despite widespread racism.  Monroe famously helped Ella book her first big gig in LA and loyally sat in the front row of each show.

Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald

Gloria Steinem and Marlo Thomas

Gloria Steinem & Marlo Thomas

Two of the leading feminist activists of the 60’s, Gloria and Marlo first met and bonded over a sexist comment from a casting agent.  According to Marlo, the moment inspired a “long and beautiful friendship” centered around women’s empowerment.  That’s what we call #friendshipgoals.

Source: Huffington Post

Lucille Ball & Carol Burnett

We’re not surprised that these two great pioneers for women in television got along so well.  Lucille was twenty years older than Carol, and was not only a friend but a wonderful mentor.  The hilarious hit I Love Lucy was a model and inspiration for The Carol Burnett Show a decade later.  Lucille even threw Carol’s baby shower which she remembers as, “one of the funniest evenings ever.”

Source: Glamour

Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball

Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow

Beyonce & Gwyneth Paltrow

While at first they might seem to have little in common, the actress and singer have been “really close” since they met at a benefit in New York, according to Paltrow.  Beyonce says the two have similar values, “protecting our daughters is so important to us…keeping things on our own terms.”

Source: eOnline

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

Ever since they met in an improv class more than two decades ago, this hysterical duo has proven over and over that women aren’t just funny, but that we are funnier together.  

Source: Glamour

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler