It’s just another frat house, say many women with regards to the trend of coworking spaces cropping up all over the world. On the other hand, a women-only co-working space has been branded “girly”, “exclusive” and more, however, a certain Amy Nelson decided to move away from the traditional co-working space, with The Riveter, which is neither comparable to WeWork nor The Wing.
“If coworking is the future, then why does it still look like a frat house?”
As the founder and CEO of the Seattle-baed co-working space, she knew she didn’t want to block out men from the space, but rather create an inclusive community that would thrive in the business world. On what made her start The Riveter, she said, “I was going to these classes, walking into these coworking spaces, and I was like, wait a second, like if coworking is the future, then why does it still look like a frat house? Because it really did, to me.” She dreamed of starting something which was created by women for everyone and made it happen. With a flair for politics since childhood, she always thought she belonged in international politics, however, she decided to get into law to pay off her student loans and discovered that though men and women start at the same line, they do not finish that way. Hence, she wanted to change this.
25% of their community are men and they all came there on their own
Inspired by the iconic American woman, ‘Rosie The Riveter’, this co-working space finds its presence in locations across Seattle and Los Angeles; the company will also expand to nine more states this year. According to her, women should be able to find a community of working people where they feel comfortable. Today, a majority of the well-known co-working spaces are owned and run by men, for other men. One of the biggest differences between The Riveter and other spaces is that one doesn’t have to know a woman there to be a part of it. 25 percent of their community are men and they all came there on their own. Offering flexible working memberships, entrepreneurs and freelancers can choose how long they want to work at this space and they are also open to all genders.
Apart from these, the company also offers social events like breakfasts and meet-ups with best-selling authors and collaborate with top organizations like Microsoft and more to help people find their ideal working community.
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