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If you already dedicate a lot of attention, time, and energy to your female friendships, then you might think you don’t need to be reminded of how important they are. But even then, it can feel nice to hear your efforts supported and encouraged. As for women who are letting your female friendships fall by the wayside—what are you doing? Female friends are not just there to act as surrogate significant others until you find a romantic one, or until your career takes off. Female friendships aren’t just meant to be building blocks or crutches. They can be those things (and often need to be) but they should also be ongoing dynamics that you tend to throughout your life, and prioritize just as much as (if not more than) your work or romantic relationship. Here are 15 reasons maintaining female friendships throughout your life is so important.


Your kids will move out

If you have kids, they’ll move out one day, and that will be a shocking change. You could find yourself with another 40 years on this earth, staring you in the face, and missing the community you found in your busy household. But friends can be that.

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