The future is female.
If that kind of bold, feminist statement gets you all huffy and puffy, then this is your cue to leave. If it lights your fire, however, then hold onto your lady-loving britches, because have I got some news for you, clad in pink and ready to get down to business.
The Wing has landed in DC!!! I repeat, The Wing has landed in our city.
If that doesn’t get you excited, then you must not follow the insta-famous women’s co-working space and social club on Instagram, where they have a cult following of women ready to work and fight for lady power, general respect, and world domination. That’s right –– The Wing is women only –– no boys allowed. They opened in New York’s Flatiron area in October and are already spreading their wings to locations outside of their home city –– DC is their very first stop outside of the Big Apple. It’s not where the brand plans to stop, though. They are slowly rolling out locations in other dreamy locations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, London, and Toronto.
But, of course, we all know which city’s Wing will be the best. (Hint: Starts with a “D,” ends with a “C.”)
A brand developed with a woman’s eye, The Wing is beautiful –– both on social media and in real life. There’s velvet couches, brass lighting, bold wallpaper, and plenty of mid-century modern furniture to ogle over. But beyond all of the good looks, there’s incredible substance. Stolen directly from their website, “The Wing’s mission is the professional, civic, social, and economic advancement of women through community. We believe that the act of coming together as women creates new opportunities, ideas, and conversations that will lead to greater mobility and prosperity for womankind.”
For anyone who wants to be a Wing woman, the cost is definitely not cheap – but it’s not out-of-the-question, either. Membership will run boss ladies $215/month or $2350 annually. It’s not nothing, but the list of amenities is proportionately large, including benefits such as drinks, food, blowouts on demand, a lactation room, a welcoming space to get work done, and guest speakers (past guests have included everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Hillary Clinton).
Inspiration for The Wing started out first as a solution to a gross, all-too-common bathroom encounter. The idea stemmed from Audrey Gelman, one of the club’s founders, when she was changing clothes in–between meetings in a Starbucks’ bathroom and her foot (much to her –– and my –– horror) touched the floor. Originally, Gelman wanted a solution for women on-the-go, a convenient place where busy women could stop in and change (or regroup) in peace –– an idea she dubbed “Refresh.” Over time, however, that idea slowly evolved to become a place where women could do whatever they wanted. That dreamed-up place is now known as The Wing (which proudly sells pins with the phrase “Girls Doing Whatever the F*** They Want in 2018”).
As idea of what The Wing could be has expanded, the business has drawn immense inspiration from women’s clubs of the past. Explained under the headline of “Roots,” their website reads:
“The women’s club movement was formed in the late 19th and early 20th century by pioneering women who provided each other with encouragement and community at a time when they needed it most. By the 1930’s there were over 600 such groups in New York City and over 5,000 nationwide.”
As of summer 2017, The Wing’s original location was tapped out at a member capacity of 700, with several thousand eagerly waiting “in the wings,” on the club’s waitlist. Interested in becoming a part of DC’s chapter? You can start the application process here. (Sorry, no boys allowed.)
As the saying goes, “Here’s to strong women –– may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”