Who Says Females Can’t Be Friars?

Posted on Nov 20, 2015

By Stacy Slotnick--

They are all around us: Imbibing martinis in the Billy Crystal bar; bringing loads of levity to the Tuesday Comedy Series; brokering business deals in the plush poolroom.

Female Friars are accomplished women who are writing, producing, performing and starring in TV shows, movies and comedy specials. They are entrepreneurs, singers, athletes, attorneys, publishing magnates, doctors and technology wunderkinds. Their savoir-faire and leadership knows no bounds, for female Friars embody a culture of collaboration and community that is unmatched.

Liza Minnelli, the principal female Friar, was proudly inducted in 1988, and she set the standard for what it means to be a trailblazer. An abridged catalog of current hot to trot female members reads like a who’s who of the world’s most inspiring movers and shakers. Barbra Streisand, Candice Bergen, Diana Ross, Bebe Neuwirth, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Gloria Allred, Lily Tomlin, Anjelica Huston, Debbie Reynolds, Natalie Cole, Rita Moreno, Caroline Hirsch, Susan Lucci, Brooke Shields, Nancy Sinatra, Kathie Lee Gifford, Dionne Warwick, Jamie deRoy, Lainie Kazan, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Sarah Silverman, Rosario Dawson, and Whitney Cummings are all part of this elite club that has a long history of charitable giving.

Women relish their connection to this exclusive, ever-diversifying organization, and recognize that being around others with like-minded philosophies and ambitions will foster their unbridled success. The icing on the chocolate chip fudge cake is that female Friars unwaveringly encourage one another’s voice and originality. Now that’s sisterhood.

Stacy Slotnick, Esq., an entertainment lawyer, holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her writings have appeared in The Huffington Post, All About The Tea, The Fashion Law, and UrbanGeekz.