Roy Gilbert

One Year Later: How The Little Wing Supports Working Moms

The Little Wing was created to provide Wing members with on-site children’s programming.

Initially, the Little Wing was created to provide Wing members with on-site children’s programming A majority (55%) of U.S. mothers with children younger than 18 at home are employed full time, up from 34% a half-century ago, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau Current Population Survey data. Unfortunately, employed moms (50%) are more likely than employed dads (39%) to say being a working parent makes it harder for them to advance in their job or career. Before she became the first “visibly pregnant CEO” to grace the cover of a business magazine, Audrey Gellman and co-founder and COO Lauren Kassan at The Wing were leveraging the data above and creating an inclusive space for working mothers too. Last year The Wing – the network of co-working and community spaces designed for women that has raised a total of $117.5 million in funding since its founding- created ‘ the Little Wing .’ The Wing addressed some of the emotional challenges mothers feel in the workplace. Initially, the Little Wing was created to provide Wing members with on-site children’s programming and babysitting. It was supposed to be a safe space to drop their children off under the supervision of certified babysitters, or ‘Wing-sitters.’ The Wing already had innovative workshops and programming in mind for the space, addressing diverse topics such as effective sleep and toilet training, a feminist-curated children’s library, mindful co-parenting, queer parenting and family planning, sibling relationships, stress-reduction, as well as feeding and solid foods. […]

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