The importance of a women-centric location for working and living shouldn't come as much of a shock to anyone reading the news over the past few months, as waves of sexual harassment allegations have risen across numerous industries, from politics to news to Hollywood. But women-only coworking spaces have been overlooked in the past, just as the female demographic in general has been. They've been thriving despite the challenges, and will continue to grow in the future.
“Women are craving community, connection, and confidence, and that’s what we’re going to give them,” Stacy Taubman founder of the St. Louis-based RISE Collaborative told Bloomberg.
Here's a look at the best women-only coworking spaces from across the nation.
With a homebase in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, this co-working/hangout space has been called “a new kind of exclusive club for the Instagram generation” by Quartz. They have all the typical coworking perks as well as some very unusual ones — the wall art is solely by women artists, and an R.H. Lossin-curated library features authors including Rosa Parks, Clarice Lispector, Ayn Rand, and Danielle Steele. Monthly memberships are between $150 and $185.
Earlier this year, The Wing closed an $8 million Series A round and expanded to add three more women-only coworking spaces, so they're not going away anytime soon.
According to its site, the aforementioned St. Louis, Missouri-based RISE “meets the unique needs of businesswomen by enabling its members to engage with the curated community of members and advance themselves both professionally and personally through collaboration and educational programming.”
Full-time membership plans are $120/month or $200/month, depending on if you're going for part-time or full-time access, but high school students can pay just $25 and $50 for those same options.
This dedicated network of female entrepreneurs hails from Los Angeles, and the bold design at its location make it pop. In addition to those cool patterns, membership will offer you a suite of resources including contacts, networking events, and additional content. Prices range from $99/year to $499/year.
According to founder Heather Ashby, this Portland, Maine-based location is “a shared workspace and social club designed to support female professionals.” Unlike most women-only coworking spaces on this list, it isn't around yet: It will officially open on December first of this year, and you can read more about its goals here.
This female-focused coworking space's claim to fame: A “spa-like environment.”
The site calls the space “a shared, flexible work and meeting space where entrepreneurial women can create and collaborate in a professional, productive, spa-like environment. The platform provides our members with connections to other business experts, access to educational workshops, and visibility within the community… thus giving them the support they need to be prosperous.”
Locations featuring their women-only coworking spaces include California and DC, as well as Stockholm, Sweden.
Bloom, just launched in October, operates out of Las Vegas. The space comes with reliable Wi-Fi, smart televisions, conferencing equipment, printing, coffee and teas, and a shower. There's even a podcast room and a maternity room for nursing mothers. Pricing packages start at $35 a month.
Additional photos showcasing the new venue, which was founded by Ginger Melien and Chelli Wolford, are available over here.
Based out of Mill Valley, California, The Hivery offers a community experience complete with events and workshops, as well as a brightly lit location. It offers a starting price of $275 a month, paired with a one-time $75 signup fee.
The Riveter's female-centric coworking space invites men and allies in, so it's not quite the women-only location that this list features. But they're worth mentioning, as a rapidly expanding business that's aimed at helping women meet and work together: The Seattle-based service has outposts in Capital Hill and Fremont, with a Bellevue location coming in Spring 2018, and plans for California and Texas in the works. I hear their floating desks are particularly fun — you can get one of those for $180 a month, or opt for dedicated desk for $450 a month.