Being a woman in the world can get a little exhausting, but, lately, women are flocking to members-only organizations to find a reprieve and a community.
Clubs are giving us a safe space to hang out, get some work done, network, and swap ideas with other like-minded ladies. From collectives for women in the arts or in STEM, to membership-based clubs that offer work space and spa nights, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Here a few of the most popular.
The WW Club
Founded by journalist Phoebe Lovatt in 2015, The WW Club originated in Los Angeles as a place for women to come to get some work done. At first, The WW Club was just a pop-up set to host interested ladies for a week’s worth of wifi, coffee, and community. After that initial week, things continued to expand. You can head to the WW Club for a cocktail reception, dance party, workout class, or to take in a panel discussion. Their website also features resources for the working woman, including a podcast, a blog, a newsletter, and even downloadable worksheets to help you carve out time to reflect on your career and personal goals. Now, The Coveteur’s Emily Ramshaw calls Lovatt’s club “the creation of your dream girl squad” and they’re hosting events everywhere from New York to Taipei. Founder Lovatt is also the author of the acclaimed book The Handbook for Women Who Do Creative Work, a staple for any lady creator. The book is a compilation of lessons and stories on freelancing, womanhood, and work by Lovatt and some of the women she (and we!) most admire, including the likes of Ann Friedman and Sharmadean Reid. Learn more about WW Club here.
The Lady Project
The Lady Project, created by Sierra Barter and Julie Sygiel, began in Providence, Rhode Island. Now, Barter and Sygiel define their organization as “an economic development non profit…that connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things.” Their work stems from the belief that creative and passionate women should be given opportunities to collaborate and that, when they do, they create something special. The Project flaunts an impressive list of events that foster community and inspire the entrepreneurial set, including the 3×3 Series featuring three members speaking for three minutes each. Today, there are eleven Lady Project chapters across the country, and, if you don’t see your city listed, you can get in touch with the Project’s team to talk about bringing some collaborative goodness to your own hometown. In addition to their already inspiring and important work on a chapter-by-chapter level, the Project also hosts The Lady Project Summit, an annual day-long event dedicated to workshops, speeches, and bringing hundreds of powerful women together. Lady Project members include prominent CEOs, social media moguls, bloggers, business owners, and more. Learn more about the The Lady Project here.
Art Girl Army
Art Girl Army, or “AGA,” started in Brooklyn two years ago. According to its mission statement, AGA “strives to create safe spaces where women feel empowered, inspired, celebrated and supported.” Now based in both New York City and Los Angeles, AGA is targeted towards women looking to find artistic collaborators, share news about upcoming projects and opportunities, and support each other. The group also has a strong base on its online Facebook group, where women write in to share artistic opportunities and schedule meet-ups. Now, just two years after it began as a meet-up in a New York apartment, over 1800 women across a wide range of artistic disciplines are part of Art Girl Army’s rapidly growing membership base. AGA has already fostered important and career-altering connections by providing a community through which female artists are able to network and share resources – a rare and important opportunity. They continue to build community by hosting themed meet-ups, panel discussions, workshops, and networking nights, among other innovative and inspiring programming. Learn more about AGA here.
This may very well be the year of the women’s club — there are so many more wonderful and exciting organizations carving out important spaces for women to come together. Thankfully, these groups seem to provide a safe, inviting, and warm space for women to step out of the stresses of daily life and build important connections, find mentors, and create long-lasting friendships that sustain and motivate them.