National Girlfriends Day is believed to have been created in 2006 by Allie Savarino and Sally Rodgers, entrepreneurs who had founded the website sisterwoman.com. The social networking platform was an e-bonding opportunity for women to stay connected with existing friends or to share their interests in open “sister circles.” In an interview with Washington Times, Savarino lamented that “almost every woman will tell you, as the demands grow in their life, one of the first things really to go is the time they spend with their girlfriends. [Sisterwoman.com] allows for a relationship to exist even when life gets in the way.”
It’s unclear if Girlfriends Day was created in honor of the advent of sisterwoman.com or if it was created independently from the social media site’s existence. Although sisterwoman.com is no longer in operation, its concept persists in the numerous girl friend celebrations that occur every year on August 1. National Girlfriends Day is also used as the counterpoint to National Boyfriends Day, which is celebrated on Oct. 3, for boyfriends to celebrate their girlfriends.
Fun ways to celebrate
Girlfriends Day is the perfect day to recognize and celebrate iconic female friends in film and television.
Thelma and Louise, for example, are widely regarded as the epitome of female friendship. The duo stands together through terrible ordeals, embodying strong female solidarity.
Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe from “Friends” are another iconic example of female friendship, the young women often helping each other through life changes and trials and tribulations, sustaining close-knit female bonds amid the larger group.
In honor of Girlfriends Day’s alternate celebration point, there are many iconic couples in media, such as the affectionate Jim and Pam from “The Office” or Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. Mr. Darcy’s expression of adoration toward Elizabeth is the perfect guideline for Girlfriends Day: “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
How this holiday Unites People
National Girlfriends Day is a day to celebrate your girl friends or your girlfriend, recognizing and fostering those special connections. You can celebrate National Girlfriends Day with your girl friends by watching a movie or television show featuring close female friends, reminiscing your own friend memories. You could also use the day to plan a girl friends outing, such as going to a movie and dinner, a spa, or a painting class. Although Girlfriends Day is widely used for appreciating female friends, boyfriends can use Girlfriends Day to appreciate their girlfriends. You can celebrate Girlfriends Day by buying your girlfriend a present or by taking her out on a special date to her favorite restaurant or recreational venue.