Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Female-focused co-working spaces offer career and child-care help still lacking in many traditional workplaces

The booming co-working industry, launched to accommodate the increasing number of entrepreneurs and corporate employees who work remotely, is now tailoring itself for women by offering workspaces with female-focused networking and career seminars.

Increasingly, these workspaces, as well as those that cater to all working parents, are also offering child care, a service still lacking in many of America’s workplaces.

About half a dozen co-working spaces are slated to open or expand this year in the District and Northern Virginia, offering services specific to women or child care. They include the Wing, a trendy, all-female co-working space and social club in Manhattan that is expanding to the District in April with a 10,000-square-foot space in Georgetown. Another — Play, Work or Dash, a co-working space with child care in Vienna, Va. — recently doubled in size. The District is also home to Hera Hub, which advertises a “professional, productive, spalike environment” for women.

Nationally, co-working spaces for women have opened in cities including St. Louis, which boasts the Rise Collaborative Workspace for female entrepreneurs, and in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, where members of Quilt take turns hosting workshops or co-working sessions in their homes. READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON POST HERE...