- The Wing is a women-only coworking space and club with two locations in Manhattan, and a brand new space in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, which is set to open this February.
- In November The Wing raised $32 million in a Series B funding round led by WeWork.
- Its SoHo location, which opened in November, provides its members with desks, a beauty room, space to nap, meeting rooms, a library, and a café.
- 8,000 women are on the waiting list for membership to The Wing.
When The Wing, a coworking space and social club for women, launched in October 2016, founders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan didn’t realize how large the demand for membership would be or exactly the type of comfort it would provide its members. In the months before the 2016 presidential election, Gelman, who has experience working in politics, said she believed Hillary Clinton would win.
“This was going to be the golden age of women in power, so women could have rooms like this,” she told Business Insider. “It was sort of a triumphant concept. Obviously that’s not what happened.”
Overnight, after Donald Trump’s victory, The Wing was inundated with calls from members and people on the waitlist, who, according to Kassan, were saying, “I didn’t realize how much I wanted or needed a space like this.”
Now, the club has 1,500 members and an 8,000-person waiting list for its two locations and soon-to-be open Brooklyn space. It also plans to launch another space in Washington, DC.
It recently raised $32 million in a Series B funding round led by WeWork, bringing its total investment to $42 million, according to Forbes. NEA also contributed to the funding round.
The Wing’s prices, which vary between $2,350 to $2,700 a year, offer members access to a variety of perks. With a focus on growing a community for its members, the club provides more than a place to set up your laptop. Speaking events, community volunteer opportunities, movie screenings, and happy hours provide a home base for its members to build relationships.
The Wing is serious about its no-men-allowed rule. On the day we got a tour of the SoHo space — its opening day — we were told not to bring along any male coworkers. We found it already buzzing with members.