In honor of International Women’s Day, AD rounds up the most stylish all-women coworking spaces and social clubs across America.
As the gig economy grows stronger, new spaces to work on side hustles and full-time freelance and entrepreneurial businesses are sprouting up across the country, providing refuges for women to create, network, and revive a hundred-year-old tradition of women-only social clubs.
One of the first in the growing list of all-female community spaces across America, The Wing opened in New York’s Flatiron District in October 2016, with a second location in SoHo popping up the following November and a record-breaking investment from WeWork occurring in that same month. In less than two years, The Wing’s empowering social media brand has captured the attention of Instagrammers across the world. Several iterations of the space have popped up in major cities across America, as well as in Paris, where Mona, a three-month pop-up, offered a French take on the club.
“We had no idea that we were going to grow so quickly or see similar concepts pop up,” says Audrey Gelman, who cofounded The Wing with Lauren Kassan. “It’s been really great to watch.” Though of course Gelman would love to be the person behind all the other concepts, the acceleration of interest in all-female spaces across the country hasn’t allowed The Wing to, um, spread its wings as far as the demand requires.
“There’s so much more opportunity to grow the community and have more women be a part of it,” Gelman says. Adding to the benefits of an all-female physical space, The Wing is currently developing an app to allow members all over the country to connect with women digitally and IRL, as the company expands to D.C. and beyond.
From The Wing to Richmond’s The Broad to The Riveter in Seattle, here’s our definitive list.
The Wing, New York City
With locations in Flatiron, SoHo, and, most recently, Brooklyn, The Wing is rapidly expanding its millennial-pink brand across New York. In addition to personal work tables, communal workspaces, conference rooms, private call rooms, and living-room-style work areas with plush pale-hued furniture, The Wing also boasts showers and a beauty room stocked with high-end products, a pumping room, libraries stocked with books by women writers, and a café, The Perch, which vends endless coffee and fancy toasts. A Washington, D.C., location and several more New York venues are expected to open in the near future. the-wing.com
Membership fees: $215 monthly or $2,350 annually for single location, $250 monthly or $2,700 annually for all-access.
The Broad, Richmond, VA
Opened in February 2018, The Broad is the first space of its kind in the state of Virginia. Housed in a converted photography studio in a 1920s building in Richmond’s historic Arts District, the spacious loft now includes a coffee bar, Breather room, boardroom, individual work nooks, a library of books by women, and a gallery curating work exclusively by female artists. “We’re solving for a pervasive design problem—most spaces (or products, or systems, or you name it) are simply not designed for women. We can either use them at a disadvantage or we can build our own. We chose the latter,” reads an opening statement for the still-expanding space. wethebroad.com
Membership fees: $75 to $250 monthly, depending on frequency of usage.
The Hivery, Mill Valley, CA
One of the first women’s coworking spaces in America, The Hivery opened in 2014 in a 3,000-square-foot space, where floor-to-ceiling windows shed light on plants and exposed wood. Winner of Wayfair’s 2017 Trade Tastemaker Award for Best Office Space, The Hivery aims to empower women by offering a hyper-stylish workspace along with events of interest. thehivery.com
Membership fees: $75 monthly for a community membership, $295 monthly to use the workspace 8 days per month.
The Coven, Minneapolis
Using the same term The Wing uses to refer to its members (though not at all related to the New York–based venture), The Coven crowdfunded to open in early 2018, in a 4,800 square-foot space in a historic building in the city’s North Loop. Amenities at the light-drenched coworking space include a prep kitchen and coffee bar, locker room and changing area, beauty bar, nursing and relaxation area, phone booths, and more. thecovenmpls.com
Membership fees: Founding memberships $1,800 annually, standard memberships $200 monthly or $2,200 annually.
The Riveter, Seattle
Large windows, pristine white furniture, and leafy plants characterize The Riveter, Seattle’s version of the female coworking space, which caters to female entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, remote workers, and “everyone in between.” In addition to assigned or floating workspaces, The Riveter offers professional programming such as negotiations workshops, pitch competitions, social impact events, and more to boost women in Seattle. The flagship is in the artsy Capitol Hill, with a second Fremont location catering to Seattle’s tech hub. An L.A. location is also slated to open in 2018. theriveter.co
Membership fees: $180 to $375 monthly, depending on frequency of use; $40 for a day pass.
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