In the spirit of Women’s Month, we are excited to feature one of our new favorite local businesses — the Ruby. Located in the Mission District of San Francisco, the Ruby is a warm, member-funded work space that emphasizes bringing women together in an effort to shirk the stereotype of the sterile Bay Area coworking space. In addition to offering a space for women and non-binary individuals to be creative, the Ruby is also owned and operated by passionate women. We are honored to support their cause by donating enamelware for their kitchen and spreading the word about the great work they’re doing for the community.
What’s it all about?
By day, the Ruby is a sunny women’s coworking space with a cozy atmosphere. Since the space opened its doors in January 2018, the objective has been to serve as a safe and welcoming place for women and non-binary individuals to create, share ideas, and network with each other. It places a special emphasis on artists, writers, and creatives true to the creative background shared by the business’s founders. The goal is to provide a friendly environment that focuses on supporting and enriching the surrounding community.
By night, the space turns into an event center for women’s book clubs, political gatherings, poetry readings, wine tastings, workshops, classes, and more. On Fridays, lunch is catered by local female cooks and chefs and members can sit down together to share ideas over a delicious, no-cost meal — later in the evening, even a cocktail or two. The space is also available to rent for special events that align with the Ruby’s core values.
In addition to empowering women and non-binary individuals, the Ruby also aims to combat the misplacement of the artist community in San Francisco. In recent years, the cost of living has forced much of the art and culture out of the city’s limits. The Ruby’s location in the Mission District represents its goal to resist the rising tide of housing prices and gentrification in that area — the membership fee is priced at an affordable yearly rate.
What’s in a membership?
There are two great membership options available. Full members get to enjoy all that the Ruby has to offer as a workspace, which includes free coffee or tea during the workday; access to conference rooms, lockers, and showers; and free lunches and happy hours every Friday. In addition, they are able to attend after-hours classes and weekend events whenever they want.
A community membership is the best option for individuals who don’t require a daily work space during the week but would still love to participate in any classes, workshops, or events that take place in the evenings or on weekends. Community members have full access to all events, workshops, Friday lunches, and happy hours. A variety of scholarships and fellowships are also available for those interested in joining the community but may be burdened by the full cost of a membership.
Want to check it out?
If you live in the Bay Area, it’s easy to apply for membership at the Ruby’s website. And if you don’t live in the area but love the idea — why not look around in your own community for other women-owned businesses? If you’re ready to escape a male-dominated work environment or are simply looking for a great place to meet new like-minded individuals and contribute to a growing movement of empowerment, the time is now. Let’s continue to celebrate our power together!