As February rolls on, there’s one thing on everyone’s minds: Valentine’s Day.
Whether you’re happily coupled off or single-and-ready-to-mingle, February 14th is the one date in the year that either fills you with excitement, or with dread. This year, though, we’re adding new date to the calendar for all our female friends: Galentine’s Day.
What is Galentine’s Day?
Galentine’s Day is a day for women to celebrate their relationships with their gal pals. Marked on February 13th, it is a very simple yet very special holiday: ‘Ladies celebrating ladies.’
Galentine’s Day started as a fictional holiday in the American TV show Parks and Recreation, but by now it has now transformed into a full-fledged holiday for women across the world. While romantic relationships tend to steal the spotlight in February, Galentine’s Day is reminder of the power and importance of female friendships.
We at The Book of Everyone have decided to kick off the Galentine’s festivities by celebrating some of the greatest female relationships in history, real and fictional. They remind us that friendships between women are not just about drinking wine together and talking about boys. They represent a deep, emotional bond that serves as our true north, guiding us through the ups and downs of life.
Here are our favourites:
Thelma and Louise
This fictional duo is legendary and for good reason. Thelma and Louise are proof of the depths of female friendship and the unceasing support women offer to each other in the best and worst of times. Sure, their end might seem a bit morbid, but above all their story is one of courage and perseverance stemming from friendship.
Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald
A little known fact about these fierce ladies is the strong bond they shared. The timeless Ella Fitzgerald owed her big break precisely to the support of a gal pal.
When trying to book her first show in Hollywood in 1955, Fitzgerald was turned down due to racial tensions and the ongoing issue of segregation. Marilyn Monroe stepped in and vowed to book a first-row table every night if Ella was given the job. The show was a massive hit, with swarms of stars and journalists piling in to attend, and the rest is, well, history.
The Edinburgh Seven
Did you know that not so long ago women in the UK were prohibited from pursuing certain degrees in university? Well, the Edinburgh Seven did – and they fought against it. They were the first women in the UK to study medicine.
Initially attending the University of Edinburgh, the Seven faced an angry mob blocking them from entering one of their exams and they were ultimately banned from graduating and becoming doctors.
The perseverance of these remarkable women against sexism in education was strong enough to put women’s rights on the national agenda. By 1877 it lead to a change in the law that allowed women to study medicine at university. Well, you know what they say: next to every successful woman is her group of friends cheering her on. Oh, and an angry mob.
You and Your Best Friend
Last but not least, the most iconic friendship is none other than you and your galentines. No matter what life has served up for you, your bond is one to cherish because it is uniquely yours. No one can make you laugh like your best friends and no one can wipe up your tears better than them either.
So, this February 13th, whether you decide to celebrate Galentine’s Day with a bottomless brunch, or simply by wishing ‘Happy Galentine’s’ in your group chat, let the special women in your life know how they’ve made your life ever so much brighter with their presence.
And what better way to thank them for always being on your side than with a book dedicated especially to your Galentine and your friendship? This February 13th gift your best gal pals our newest Wise(ish) Words for Galentine’s and we promise they will never forget it.
I, for one, am grateful for my best friends who have helped me move house 7 times across 3 countries and never complained, who have made me laugh so loud in our university’s library that we got kicked out, who take zero convincing for a night out, and who keep making me a better person year after year. So, this February 13th I will make sure to say a special ‘THANKS’. I hope you do, too.