2015 was the year of the celebrity Girl Squad. We’ve gawked as Taylor Swift and her gang of supermodels strut in combat lingerie in “Bad Blood,” admired Tavi Gevinson and her precocious and talented group of young feminists, envied Lena Dunham and her real life Girls, and Instagram-stalked Man Repeller Leandra Medine and her #GirlBoss clique. It appears that female friendships — and finding a sisterhood of your own — has never had a stronger or more media-hungry moment, but even before hashtags existed, female friendships were prominent in pop culture. This week, the cast of the 1995 film based on Ann M. Martin’s book series, The Baby-Sitters Club, reunited for a screening in Austin, Texas, to celebrate the film’s twentieth anniversary. Rachael Leigh Cook, Larisa Oleynik, Schuyler Fisk, and Marla Sokoloff were in attendance, inducing peak nostalgia for these ‘90s it-girls.
If you’re looking for more #SquadGoals, check out these pre-hashtag films, television shows, books, and bands for inspiration, laughs, and cautionary lessons about friendships.