National Girlfriend Day in The Villages FL
Ladies, it’s time for some real talk. Today is National Girlfriend Day, an annual event that rolls around every August 1.
Unlike National Boyfriend Day, this day isn’t for boyfriends to appreciate their girlfriends (let’s be honest, that should happen every day), it’s about women supporting women!
Romantic partners will come and go. Jobs are won and lost. But no matter what happens, your girls will be there in a crunch.
It’s a time to honor your “ride or die” crew of homegirls! So, why do we love our girlfriends so much? Because they’re like sisters but without any of the growing-up baggage.
Plus, when times are tough, your girls will let you vent and when you’re done; they will offer up the support you need to get through.
Spa days, weekend retreats, pajama parties complete with wine and nachos are even better when your girlfriends join in the fun.
This year on National Girlfriend Day 2021, spend some delicious time gossiping about lovers past, present and future. Discuss your hopes and dreams in a really safe space, the circle of sisterhood.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL GIRLFRIEND DAY
It’s not known for certain who created National Girlfriend Day on August 1 but the strongest claim seems to stem from Mistress Susan who runs a luxury website. She says that she created and celebrated the date in 2004 as a chance for gal pals to express gratitude to each other.
The history of female friendships and gal pals is of course much longer than the day itself. Girls have been friends for so long that there is no way we can trace back to the first-ever female friends, so instead, we’ll mention some of the more notable gal pals from recent times.
The Edinburgh Seven were a group of female friends who fought to become the first women to go to medical school in the UK in the 1860s. Despite studying medicine at Edinburgh University they were barred from graduating and becoming doctors. Their determination put women’s rights on the national agenda and led to laws in 1876 that allowed women to study medicine at university. The Edinburgh Seven had paved for the way for the female doctors of the future.
Around the same time as this, Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were forming a friendship that would become revolutionary. The two were the founders of the women’s rights movement in the United States and were the trailblazers that pushed for white women’s suffrage. The two initially met in 1851 and it was in 1869 that they formed the National Woman Suffrage Association.
On a more sporty note, we raise a special mention for The Rockford Peaches, the founding members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s. Their achievements were a huge stride forward for female athletes in the U.S.
One of our favorite stories of female friendship involves Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe, with Fitzgerald attributing her big break to Monroe? The singer tried to book a gig at the Mocambo in Hollywood in 1955 but the manager turned her away because she didn’t have enough “sex appeal.” Monroe called the manager and said that she would sit front row every night if Fitzgerald got the job, which would pull in the press and crowds that the manager craved. Fitzgerald would say later. “After that I never had to play a small jazz club again.”
More recently Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert showed that even the fiercest of rivals can be best friends. The two did battle in an incredible 61 tennis tournament finals during the 1970s and 1980s but were still the best of friends off the court and would often travel to tournaments together and hang out between matches.
Gal pals are always there for each other and have a history of fighting against the tide to achieve great things together. Make sure you take some time out on National Girlfriend Day 2021 to let your girlfriends know how much you appreciate them.
HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL GIRLFRIEND DAY 2021
- Organize a paint night with your girls</strong
Painting and drinking? Sign me up! Going to a paint nite is a sweet idea for a night out with your girls—you even get a souvenir to remember it. For those who are not so artistically-inclined, the staff gives easy-to-understand instructions for the painting of the night. If yours still comes out bad…. just blame the alcohol.
- Instagram or it didn’t happen
Nothing says “I love you” than a selfie with the favorite females in your life. Why can’t #WCW be every day?
- Everyone loves a spa day
Invite the girls over for a spa night! Make your own pedicures, facials, the works. Your girlfriends will thank you for the pamper-filled day.
5 FEMALE BUDDY MOVIES YOU NEED TO WATCH
- Thelma and Louise
This 1991 classic was a smash at the box office and won huge critical acclaim
- Ghost World
This 2001 flick stars Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch as a couple of teenage outsiders who battle through a rift in their friendship.
- Ocean’s Eight
This 2018 movie follows an all-female crew as they attempt a heist at the Met Gala.
- Girl’s Trip
Starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith, this 2017 movie follows a group of girl’s on a trip to New Orleans.
This 2011 movie is a modern classic and a great one to watch with your gal pals.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL GIRLFRIEND DAY
- They’re with us through the best and worst of times
We might be living the high life or getting pounded by life’s lemons but no matter what, they’re always there to offer perspective, celebrate our strengths, and provide unconditional love.
- They make the best dessert buddies
Whether you just want to indulge in a sweet treat or you’re going through a tough breakup, there’s no better person to eat ice cream straight out of the carton with.
- They know how to party
Few people can top a night out with your girls. Since they know you better than anyone else, they know exactly what you need to have a good time. Whether that be dancing, eating a nice dinner, or just posting up on the couch, you can always count on them to paint the town red!
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