The Reinvention of Women’s Clubs is Helping Build Careers

The role of women in society has been evolving over the past century. While some maintain traditional roles others either choose to go a different route. Some willingly and others out of necessity. In the current age, the days of women staying home and being supported by their fathers or a husband are all but a distant memory in many cases. Women may desire to have their own money, but it’s much more than that. It’s a practical need. In addition, women are realizing their passions and desires to make their own way through life whether single or with a partner. Self-awareness is key to achieving goals but there is more that is needed. Women’s clubs are making it a lot easier for women to realize their potential and their dreams.

A very special and new kind of women’s club

When you delve into the meaning of the word “club,” you discover that the meaning has changed over time. As they pertain to women, in the 19th century these literary women’s groups evolved to politically charged groups such as the Women Christian Temperance movement which led to prohibition. The new group recently formed is called Luminary. She asserts that they don’t call it a club. It’s more as a hub for women who wish to collaborate, bringing yet another definition to the word that describes a group of women who gather together for a specific purpose.

What is Luminary?

Luminary is a new model for the archaic term “women’s club.” Instead of focusing on issues that lead to divisions within society, their goal is to build community. Cate Luzio is a banker by career and is also the founder of Luminary. The location is the the NoMad neighborhood of New York and the headquarters is in a 15,000 square foot building. Luzio seeks to disperse with any form of elitism because they are counterproductive for the group’s purposes. The application process for Luminary is open with a variety of packages available including day passes and flexible memberships. Women from all socioeconomic levels and backgrounds are welcome to apply for membership. The club is about fostering women in business and leadership positions.

A variety of women’s groups with similar goals

Luminary is not the only women’s club of this type in operation. A group was formed in London with the mission of facilitating networking and the building of a sisterhood to address the gender inequalities n the workplace. In addition, The Wing is yet another group established for women to collaborate in New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The re-invention of the women’s club

The organizations which are currently in operation and new ones that are forming represent a brand new model that is a definitive evolution of what is known as a women’s club. Not all of them focus on the same details but they do share some common goals. These include the establishment of a space where women can freely collaborate to achieve career and personal goals. These new organizations are springing up all over the country and throughout the world with the mission of improving opportunities for women to not only advance in their careers, but to do so without adding to the existing levels of social anxiety with regard to issues of gender and equality. These clubs are modern and developed to more fully meet a broader range of women’s needs in the continually changing society. They prioritize people within communities where they exist who have previously been pushed aside while the wheels of progress turn.

A place where women can grow and develop

The new model takes aim at creating holistic environments with spaces that are designed to meet the unique needs of women with a 360 degree focus. In addition to gaining self-awareness, recognizing and realizing potential, the model also prioritizes health, wellness and beauty as unique female needs. Some women are parents and some have religious beliefs. The model is multifaceted in its approach to providing support and space for every aspect of being a woman and a human being. The new women’s clubs attend to the physical, social, emotional, educational, spiritual and intellectual aspects of women, meeting them at whatever points in their lives they may be at.


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