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My Girls

Allie Smith | Posted 05.27.2014 | Women
Allie Smith

met Marcie when we were in the fourth grade, and then a few years later, at 14, we met Michele when we all worked together as hostesses at The Naples Dinner Theater. We've shared decades of friendship that have sustained me through many tough times.

The Upside of Our Romantically-Stunted, 20-Something Lives

Sophie Sakellariadis | Posted 04.29.2014 | Women
Sophie Sakellariadis

Over the course of the last year, journalists and social commentators alike have taken to highlighting an allegedly alarming new trend: The rise of the romantically-stunted, career-driven and perpetually single 20-something-year-old-woman.

10 Reasons There's Nothing Like Female Best Friends

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.06.2013 | Women

"A friendship between college girls is grander and more dramatic than any romance," wrote Lena Dunham's character Hannah Horvath in "Girls." We'd argu...

Find Love: Start a Date a Month Club

Susan Orlins | Posted 10.16.2013 | Women
Susan Orlins

Creating a Date a Month Club is a great way to make love happen. Just ask my friend's daughter, Jenny, who also happens to be my friend.

10 Confusing Truths About Friendship

Carlin Flora | Posted 10.03.2013 | Women
Carlin Flora

"We hate it when our friends become successful," Morrissey sang, but successful friends make us more successful.

The Difference Between Male And Female Friendships, From Dr. Irene Levine (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

Friendship expert Dr. Irene Levine spoke about the fascinating differences between male and female friendships when she joined me on Mondays With Marl...

Spring Cleaning: Does That Include My Relationship Closet Too?

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 07.09.2013 | Women
Rachel Braun Scherl

Sometimes, I think these endings would be easier if we experienced big blowout, a friendship Armageddon, a pivotal unforgivable event -- to somehow mark the end. At least then you would know, why and when to say goodbye, when to put it in the "give away" pile.

How I Re-Discovered My Best Friend From College

Felice Shapiro | Posted 05.08.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I was so in love with my college roommate that when my boyfriend called to see if I would go out on Friday night, I would cover the receiver and whisper to her, 'Did you want to see that movie at the Biograph with me?' If she said yes, I'd tell him I was busy. She was my #1.

Moms: Please Model the Friendships You Wish for Your Kids

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

My invitation to you is not an easy one. But, I implore you to picture the friendships you want your kids to have when they are adults. And model that to them now.

WATCH: Why Women Backstab Each Other

Posted 11.30.2012 | OWN

In a recent episode of "Iyanla: Fix My Life," author, inspirational speaker and relationship expert Iyanla Vanzant worked with a group of women known ...

Why Friendship Is Good for Your Health

Randy Kamen Gredinger, Ed.D | Posted 01.29.2013 | Women
Randy Kamen Gredinger, Ed.D

Whether is it with friends, family, a therapist or a support group, women find it healing to tell their stories. If friendships can enrich our physical and emotional lives, the question becomes why so many women find it challenging to nourish them.

Do These Quotes Describe You And Your BFF?

Posted 05.09.2012 | Teen

"We've been best friends since grade four. We do practically everything together, from sports to academics and music. We have six out of eight classe...

My Duel With a Mom Bully

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 06.20.2012 | Parents
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

Women scare the ever-loving crap out of me. I'd rather go five rounds in the cage with UFC fighter Allistair Overeem than be subjected to one cup of coffee with a passive-aggressive mom.

Is Your Friend Bad For Your Health?

Glamour | Posted 02.09.2012 | Women

Can we talk about friends for a sec? We hang with them, rely on them...and, occasionally, do shots with them. But what do you do when your friendships...

My Favorite Ant

Terrell Harris Dougan | Posted 09.13.2011 | Women
Terrell Harris Dougan

We met over anthill in a field between our two back yards. I came out of my back gate to find a little girl exactly my size standing there, watching the ants at work.

Twins Suzanne And Suzette Malveaux: 'We Are Soulmates' (Video)

Posted 09.13.2011 | Women

This video is the fourth in HuffPost Women's four-part series on female friendship inspired by Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan's new film Snow Flower...

The Woman Who Changed Your Life: Tweet Us About Her

Posted 09.11.2011 | Women

Who has been your most important female friend? Inspired by the upcoming film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which celebrates the lifelong bonds b...

You Need Women Friends. Specifically, You Need A Sheila.

Robin Quivers | Posted 08.13.2011 | Women
Robin Quivers

I just lost one of my best girlfriends. Her name was Sheila Ginesin. But I'm not writing this to talk about her disease. I wanted to talk about our friendship.

'Frenemies' And 'Bromances': Who Gendered Friendship?

Nicole Rodgers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nicole Rodgers

Consumers of pop culture will find it hard to argue that there's not a strong undercurrent of formulaic and unflattering portrayals of women's relationships with other women.

Female Friends: Getting By With A Little Help From Our (Girl)Friends

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

The bonding between women is something that has been going on since the beginning of time, and men, whether they admit it or not, have always been curious about the whys of female friendships.

New York Times Review of Friendship Memoir Misconstrues Friendship and Single Life

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bella DePaulo

We do not honor a remarkable friendship by proclaiming that it has "all the best qualities of the happiest and most resilient marriages." We honor it by recognizing that it is its own special thing.

On the Necessity of a GBF

Sarah Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sarah Rose

I love my gay best friend, not least because he has the same plumbing and wiring as the men I date. It's not a bad idea to have someone on call who has deep technical knowledge -- it's like calling AppleCare.

Detox From Toxic Friends

Christine Whelan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Whelan

I admit it: I have a friend that I'm afraid to totally ditch for fear she'll do something nasty to me. OK, now your turn: You have toxic friendships, I know you do. It's time to admit it--and figure out why.

A Lesson About Female Friendship from the Ad World

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

When it comes to customer loyalty, women aren't necessarily more loyal than men; it's just that their loyalties take a different form.

Friendship and Money: Minimizing Losses

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Blabbing about the nitty-gritty of your income is probably not a great idea, but it's ok to confide in a friend who won't judge you, will give you tough love when needed and, most importantly, listen.