According to Sam Maggs, a modern girl is nothing without her band of besties, but don’t let Taylor Swift and the rise of cute hashtags fool you—girl squads have been around for centuries.
From Fangirls to Wonder Women, Sam is celebrating a new book that takes a look at some of the famous female friendships that have helped change history. Check out some of our favourite bad ass girl squads below.
Ruth, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan
These three women are currently sitting in the Supreme Court. What makes this powerhouse trio #squadgoals is that even though they may not agree on everything politically, they still work together towards a common goal: progressive rights for women.
The Dahomey Amazons
Some may say that Black Panther‘s Dora Milaje tribe was inspired by the Dahomey Amazons. These amazon warriors are from West Africa that lived through the 16th, 17th and 18th century. Just like the tribe from Black Panther, they were an all-female warrior squad who defended their king.
Sharon and Shirley Firth
This dynamic duo is Indigenous twin sisters from the Northwest Territories from the 60’s to 80’s and were the first Indigenous women to represent Canada in the Olympics for cross-country skiing. They competed at four Olympics, no big deal! They were able to overcome growing up in residential schools and become very successful.
Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens
Despite being each other’s competition, tennis prodigies Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens were able to become friends. These besties faced each other at the US Open. Sloane beat Madison, and, at the end of the match, Sloane leapt over to Madison and gave her a hug. A true sign of friendship.
The Edinburgh Seven
These seven women banded together to become the first women to go to medical school in the United Kingdom. Despite being turned down from graduating and becoming doctors, they pushed through and fought for the rights that now allow women to study medicine at university.