WASHINGTON — Attention ladies and … ladies: A popular New York co-working hub and club is making its debut in D.C.
The Wing is opening its doors for the first time outside of the Big Apple on Thursday, April 12 in Georgetown. The 10,000-square-foot shared office space boasts everything from an all-female author lending library; to an art gallery featuring female artists; to a cafe, cocktail and coffee bar; and a beauty room, stocked with Chanel products.
The Instagram-worthy work hub is a nod to women’s clubs from the turn of the 20th century.
“We were very inspired to sort of resurrect that concept for modern women — the difference between women 100 years ago and women today is that women work,” said Audrey Gelman, The Wing’s co-founder and CEO, who launched the concept a year and a half ago in New York’s Flatiron district.
The light-filled, second-floor space on Thomas Jefferson NW has plenty of places to plug in for daytime deadlines, plus seating along a tiered theater for evening events.
Gelman said in addition to offering conveniences geared toward women — like showers, lockers, a lactation space and a meditation room — The Wing helps foster female-driven entrepreneurship and partnerships, not to mention friendships.
“Women are hiring each other; they’re quitting their jobs to start their own thing,” Gelman said.
“We’ve had a lot of members who are starting their own companies and getting funded through the network of The Wing, and that’s really powerful because women-founded companies are only receiving 3 percent of all the venture capital dollars in this country.”
Plans for spaces in San Francisco, West Hollywood, Williamsburg, London, Toronto and Seattle are in the works, but Gelman said D.C. was the obvious first stop outside New York.
“It’s the center of power and so many decisions are being made and so many women are on the front lines of fighting for equality and the values that we share here and the reason why we’re doing this,” she said.
Memberships start at $215 a month; applications are available on The Wing’s website.
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