There are countless recollections of history’s greatest bromances, but female friendship isn’t always one of the most well-documented topics in history.
We’ve rounded up four of history’s greatest female friendships that’ll give you some serious squad envy.
Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe
It’s hard to imagine having never experienced the soulful crooning of Ella Fitzgerald, but we might never have even heard of her if not for Marilyn Monroe! As Ella herself told it:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt… it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
Mary Todd Lincoln & Elizabeth Keckley
No friendship is perfect — fashion-loving Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley, can attest to that. After years as modiste and BFF to the FLOTUS, Lizzy penned a well-intentioned autobiographical account of her life as a slave and in the White House, but it didn’t sit well with Mary, who felt betrayed by some of the secrets revealed in this juicy tell-all.
The pair parted ways in a brutal friendship break-up that left Keckley ruined. Step aside, Hamilton and Burr–the tale of this tumultuous friendship was even adapted for the stage as a play called Mary T. and Lizzy K.
The Rockford Peaches
If you thought A League of Their Own, you thought right! The (very real!) ladies who served as inspiration for the movie were founding members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and helped make a name for female athletes (and, of course, gave Tom Hanks a reason to remind us that there’s “no crying in baseball”).
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The epitome of girl power, suffragettes Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were true pioneers in smashing the patriarchy. The pair formed the National Woman Suffrage Association and traveled together all over the United States — and abroad! — promoting women’s rights. Susan wrote of BFF Elizabeth in 1902, “It is fifty-one years since we first met, and we have been busy through every one of them, stirring up the world to recognize the rights of women.”