Think about it...
In the English language, there is no flattering
word that describes a group of female friends. The name Chica Peeps fills that void and my
intention is that it become the household expression for groups of women who
support and nurture each other, often through humor. You've seen them walking
together, or in the local coffee shop. You've heard their shrieks of laughter,
raucously celebrating an event in a restaurant. Women who belonged to Amish
quilting circles of the 1800's and Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha of Sex and the
City fame all share Chica Peep
Our friendships, our social connections, are
vital to our emotional health. It's documented that women without strong social
ties risk health issues equivalent to being overweight or smoking. A recent
study out of UCLA explains that baboons whose mothers have stronger female ties
are much more likely to survive into adulthood. It's not about the number of
social ties but their intensity. The famous Nurses' Health Study from Harvard Medical School,
which followed 238,000 nurse participants, found that the more friends women
had, the less likely they were to develop physical ailments as they aged and
were more likely to be leading a joyful life. The best way to explain it is
that female friends help shape who we are and who we have yet to become.
To some, the term Chica Peeps may seem silly and
trivial. Exactly, it is a fun term, for
just that purpose, but its association and symbolism runs deeper. Women need
balance, and Chica Peeps offer that: multi-levels of support, a sense of
confidence (when necessary - being confidential), acceptance, respect and love.
2007: Velya and her Chica Peeps
2012: Going strong 5 years later!