Imagine a place where mothers don’t have to choose between work and family. A place where women are supported, encouraged to practice self-care (and work!), all with baby tucked away safely in a designated childcare with a separate entrance and exit. Seems like a dream, right? Meet The Jane Club. Based in LA – don’t worry, I’m lobbying for an Austin location- The Jane Club is the first and only community and workspace with onsite childcare that is designed with amenities needed by mothers – a workspace, child care and an entire village of services, experiences and products. Co-founded by actress June Diane Raphael and producer Jess Zaino, The Jane Club is rewriting the rules between women and work and we are here for it. While The Jane Club is in town for SXSW, we sat down with Jess to get to know a little more about the co-founders and what brought them together and what we can expect to see from The Jane Club in the future.
Meet The Jane Club, A Co-Working Space For Moms
July 18, 2019
We were inspired by the work and legacy of Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Jane Addams who funded the first Jane Club in 1892. We like to shine a light on the forgotten women of history.
The Jane Club is rewriting the rules between women and work. It is the first and only community and workspace with onsite childcare that is designed with amenities needed by mothers – a workspace, child care and an entire village of services, experiences and products.
The village we are building is beyond our wildest dreams. We feel like we set up the space for women to not choose between work and family. The magic of the space has to do with the incredible women who are here, connecting, supporting each other, and living their best lives. The Jane Club offers a premier suite of amenities that take care of the woman who is taking care of everything else.
June and Jess met at a woman’s activist group after the 2016 election. They both found themselves either apologizing for their careers or their mothering and needed a space where we could marry the two. They were shocked to realize there was nothing out there like this. And The Jane Club was born! It is an incredible thing to watch women mobilize and activate. It is important to not only stand up but to support things that make a difference in the lives of all. We are proud to be Activists. We are proud to support and strengthen the matriarchy.
Samantha Wetton is our designer with the creative direction of Erin Fetherston. The space in its beauty is nurturing which supports our mission of taking care of women and each other.
Absolutely it was intentional.
We do believe it is a beautiful solution to a long-standing problem.
We are thrilled to meet all Austin Janes! We will offer a workspace and our signature child care powered by Helpr in The Nest. Our programming includes workouts, glam, Fireside Chats with female filmmakers and Influencers, meditation and invitation only events that culminate in our Sunday Night Market with live music and local Austin vendors in collaboration with Love Child!