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Coworking Firm to Open Female Only Office in Toronto

With #metoo movement across North America lately, we have seen a lot of services pop up that cater to female clientele only. Just few days we wrote about Uber like ride share for women in Toronto.

The Wing, New York City based, coworking space for women only, has their eyes set on opening an office in Toronto. The Wing , has been around for few years, is a network of co-working and community spaces uniquely designed for women. They have raised $32 million in funding and also announced new offices opening in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and London.

Toronto will be their first Canadian location due to Toronto’s recent popularity in the tech scene.

Even though The Wing has a long waiting list, their NYC area  Brooklyn is adding members. Membership in New York right now is $2,350 a year for access to one location and $2,700 for access to all locations.

Co-founder of The Wing, Audrey Gelman said:

“We do rolling membership. We don’t want to open at full capacity, because we want to get a sense of how the space is used.”

The Wing is not just about making money. The Wing’s mission is the professional, civic, social, and economic advancement of women through community. They 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.

Even though they are growing rapidly, their growth is by no means an easy one. The company is currently under investigation by the New York City Commission on Human Rights for possible discrimination against men due to its no-men-allowed rules.

So female and interested in some co-working space? They are coming to the 6ix in early 2019.

Women’s Only Ride Sharing Launched in Toronto

Update: We have just found out that only few weeks after launching and claiming over 3,000 in downloads, the app, DriveHer, has been hacked and all user data taken. DriveHer had to suspend operations as soon as they found out.

“As a precautionary measure, we are writing to let you know about a data security incident that may involve your information on March 30th -April 3rd, 2018. To our knowledge, the data accessed did not include any credit card information.”

DriveHer rep said that they are looking to see what happened and figure out how data got compromised.

Not the best publicity for the newly launched app and might drive female users to stick with Uber or Lyft instead.

Original Story Below

Women only ride sharing business, DriverHer, similar to Uber and Lyft has recently launched in Toronto with a lot of media covering the company.

Aisha Addo, an app founder of DriveHer, said idea came to her when taking a taxi one night with a male chauffeur who became asking her personal questions about her dating life and if she lived alone. She said that made her feel very uncomfortable and she has decided to do something about it.

Addo said that the app has had over 3,000 downloads on Android and iOS in the past two weeks with over 100 female drivers have signed on as well.

Not everyone was happy though, some potential male customers wondered if this was discriminatory and against provincial human rights:

A lawyer, Saron Gebresellassi, working for DriveHer disagreed that the app is against provincial’s human rights:

“DriveHer is entirely compliant with provincial human rights legislation. There’s no prejudice to the men. They’re not going to be stranded. There’s other alternatives for them to get around. Men aren’t being persecuted by not availing themselves of this taxi service.”

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This service is similar to women only subway trains or bus rides in countries like India or Mexico where male dominated culture oppresses women. However few feminists point out that segregating male vs female does not solve an issue of why women feel unsafe.

Love it or hate it, we live in Canada, where ideas and success of ideas are essentially decided by market supply and demand. And now you have other options to Uber or Lyft, particularly if you are a female taking a ride alone at night.

Females in Tech in Canada, Time To Move Past Stereotypes

In the past few months, the conversation on women’s rights and gender parity has gained increasing importance. We are no longer paying lip-service to gender disparity, and women have become more and more vocal on the many ways that inequality affects their lives.

Canadian government is trying to help with their recently launched CanCode program investing $50 million over two years:

#Metoo brought awareness to the daily violence experienced by women, one that is an intrinsic part of our society, while #Timesup is working on addressing inequality and injustice in the workplace and those are issues that can range from pay inequality to  sexual harassment in the workplace. Indisputably, the best way to address many of these issues is to increase women’s representation.

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When it comes to technology, women are grossly underrepresented, – in Canada only 21% of graduates in technology and education and 9% of software developers are female. Think about the missed opportunities in terms of lost careers and business opportunities? We are missing out on services, products and ideas catered to and created by 50% of the population.

If the future is to be Female, we need to move past stereotypes and make sure our daughters have access to those sectors that are experiencing the fastest growth. Currently in Davos, the world leaders are discussing how the inequality in STEM will widen the pay gap. 

Here is what Jennifer Flanagan, Youth.STEM.Innovation Feminist & promoter of reconciliation. Everyone should code! CEO, Actua, had to say about it:

Startup Women Weekend Femmes in Montréal 3.0

Another successful Startup Women conference has taken place in Montreal. Great initiative to get more women into IT space. See videos and photos below from their recent event celebrating 10 years of TechStars.

The Fondation Montréal inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to encourage the success of a new generation of promising Montreal entrepreneurs, in concert with a committed business community.

Thanks to the generosity of experienced business people, its donors and volunteers, the Foundation is able to invest in newly created businesses in Montreal through start-up grants and expert advice.