Sporn out of a dual frustration from changing in Starbucks bathrooms and men’s advances in co-working spaces, Audrey Gelman conceptualised The Wing, a women-only co-working space and social club. With hopes of resurrecting the women’s club movement which gained traction in New York during the turn of the 20th century, Gelman joined forces with Lauren Kassan, who quickly left fitness startup ClassPass for the venture.
The pair launched The Wing’s first location in New York’s Flatiron district in 2016. The 12th-floor airy penthouse filled with pastel-hued interiors, a feminist library, beauty room and cafe remains physical proof The Wing doesn’t stop with desks. There’s a pump room for early mothers and ‘freak out’ room for the overwhelmed. New York women swiftly jumped aboard the concept with more than 200 founding members including writer and director Lena Dunham, Glossier CEO Emily Weiss, and rapper Remy Ma, plus a 1300 person waitlist. Members now pay US$215 monthly; an annual total of US$2350.
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