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Girl Talk & Strength in Female Friendships (It’s Science!)

04/23/2021

Emily Whelan, Founder

When I first had the idea for Girl Talk, I was at a low-point. I had graduated college and was still living in my college town, struggling to find a job and desperately missing my best girl friends who had all jetted off and jumped into their sparkly new careers and lives. My girl friends had always been sources of strength for me, my go-tos for advice, hugs and those cherished belly laughs, you know the ones. Plain and simply, without them I was lonely, and as time went on and our lives continued to change without each other, I was finding it harder and harder to stay connected with them.

Something told me I wasn’t the only woman who was feeling like this.

So, I did some research and it turns out I certainly wasn’t. Millennials are considered “the loneliest generation”, with women under 35 expressing greater feelings of loneliness than other age groups. In fact, in a poll conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, six in 10 young women sometimes or often wish they had someone to talk to, but don’t. These feelings of loneliness more often than not arise during periods of transition. Like my low-point post-college graduation, big moves to new cities, break-ups, new careers all make loneliness more likely. 

Plus, as I have always experienced with my girl friends, women have special friendships with each other (it’s science!). A study at Harvard Medical School found that “the more friends women had, the less likely they were to develop physical impairments as they aged, and the more likely they were to be leading a joyful life.” Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and a woman I would like to be friends with, has researched the unique bonds of women and to no surprise, concluded that we “are such a source of strength to each other. We nurture one another”. 

So here I was at my low-point, armed with research and statistics to validate my feelings. I decided to make something for us. A place for us to gather during the tough, transitional points of lives. A space for us to get advice, give virtual hugs and maybe even share those belly laughs. I called it Girl Talk in honor of those precious conversations with best girl friends. I hope Girl Talk makes you feel stronger when you need it most.

 

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