By Better Friendships
Friendships are hard work, and research has shown that strong friendships make women happier, healthier, and more successful. Clearly, friendship is important to women, and we believe that all women deserve positive, supportive friendships that enrich their lives and raise them up. We believe in better friendships! And we want to help you build them!
All The Lonely People
Our last episode of season one! We talk about loneliness and its impact on our health. We discuss how humans are social creatures and why loneliness is so hard for us. We get ready for season 2 by talking about different ways that we can both find and create Better Friendships in our lives.
March 08, 2022
History Series Recap
Our final episode in our series on the history of women's friendships. We recap the series and think about where we can go from here.
March 08, 2022
International Women's Day
In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month Katie shares a poem she wrote to honor women everywhere.
March 08, 2022
Manic Pixie Mean Girl Power
Friendships between women have been evolving with the changes in society. In this episode, we look at Riot Girl bands, the Spice Girls, Mean Girls, Taylor Swift, PTO moms, and the Bechdel Test. We look at how women and friendships among women have been portrayed in the media since the mid-1980s, how those media portrayals impact and influence our friendships as well as, how we view, and subsequently treat, other women. NB* There is a brief mention of Demi Lovato who announced they are nonbinary since the recording of this podcast.
January 31, 2022
In this episode, we are looking at women's friendships from the 1950s through the 1980s. We had a lovely interview with a special guest that helped us shine a spotlight on the impact of Women's Lib in the 1960s and helped debunk some myths on women's friendships. Join us as we chat with Meg, a flight attendant in the 1960s, about female friendships- the paths they take us on, the way they hold us up, and how they help us defy expectations.
January 21, 2022
Keep the Home Fires Burning
Today we are looking at the experiences and friendships of women in the early 20th century. We look at how the world wars brought women together and created new spaces and opportunities for them. We also explore the tactics and the arguments society used to push back against those women and their new roles.
June 01, 2021
Sit Still. Look Pretty
We dive into the Victorian world to look at how society, as well as, the roles of women shifted during this era and what that meant for female friendships. We see how women challenged their roles in society and how they sought to make changes, sometimes for themselves and sometimes for all women. We discuss Florence Nightingale, Edith Wharton, girl's trips, and newspapers for women. For any listeners who may be sensitive to the topic, please be aware that we do discuss domestic abuse briefly in this episode.
May 12, 2021
Being a Woman. Am I Doing This Right?
Starting in the medieval period through the Renaissance and into the witch trials of early modern Europe and America we explore how women were portrayed and what that meant for their friendships. We examine how those narratives bring us into today and how they color the ways in which we see other women. In this episode we are asking to look at the what society tells us the “right way to be a woman” is and what that means for our friendships and relationships with other women, especially ones who don’t or chose not to fit those criteria.
March 16, 2021
International Women’s Day
A poem written and read by Katie to celebrate the women who have come before for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
March 08, 2021
Friendships, Women, and Mythology in the Ancient World
This episode will be the first in a series of episodes exploring women's friendships throughout history. In this episode we are digging into friendships in Ancient Greece and the Bible. We examine the source material, or lack there of, for women's friendships in history and discuss how these cultures depicted interactions between women in their stories and myths and what that can tell us about how these societies viewed women and their friendships.
March 02, 2021
Witches, Margaritas, and A Rogue Sheep
We know that our friends influence us as individuals but some women's friendships have been so profound that they change and challenge the world around them. In this episode, we chat about female friendships and girl squads that defied expectations about what women can do and shattered barriers. We celebrate some awesome women from history, their endeavors and achievements, and how the reshaped the world around them. We also discuss the importance of Girl's Trips and Julie's mom's famous margaritas.
February 16, 2021
“Beautiful, Talented, Brilliant, Powerful Musk-Ox”
Welcome to a special episode of Better Friendships! Today we are celebrating Galentine's Day, a holiday all about loving and appreciating the girl friends who support us, laugh with us, cry with us, and love us. We are featuring some of listeners and friends as they shout out to their best friends and remind us all just how fortunate we are to have our friends in our lives. Happy Galentine's day!
February 12, 2021
The Influence of Friends
In today's episode we dig into how our friendships influence our personalities, our choices, and our behaviors. We touch on the importance of friends in learning who we are as individuals during adolescents and how our college friends help us to grow intellectually. We look into the research on how friends impact our decisions with money, fitness, and career. Finally, we explore Shine Theory and the idea of Yes Sisters and how they make our lives better. So grab your best Yes Sisters and join us on our journey for Better Friendships.
February 02, 2021
Comfort Goats and Illegal Guinea Pigs
Hey Friends! Learn about evolutionary biology that helps explain friendship! We chat about animal friends, how early humans used help and cooperation, and how oxytocin helps us bond. We talk about how behaviors of early humans and traits of other species helped to lay the groundwork for how and why we experience friendship today.
January 19, 2021
Welcome to Better Friendships!
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Hey Friends! This is our first episode of Better Friendships! In this episode, you will meet your hosts, Julie and Katie, learn about how they became friends, how their friendship came apart, and how they have put it back together! Find out what other women say they are looking for in their friendships and other key elements to fulfilling and lasting friendships!
January 05, 2021