New York, also known as the “empire city” is known for being the pulsating heart of the United States’ economy. In recent years, it has become a hub for Women-started businesses, reflecting a broader trend of increasing female entrepreneurship. This surge in female entrepreneurship isn’t merely a testament to broader, societal changes — it also represents a significant economic opportunity. These companies span multiple industries – from finance to fashion and offer products and services that cater specifically to women. Here, we shine a spotlight on some of the notable Women’s industry companies that has New York as its home base.
Founded by Carolyn Childers and Lindsay Kaplan, Chief is a private network explicitly crafted for women in executive leadership. Designed to empower these women, magnify their influence, and pave ways to bring others along, Chief promotes more women to occupy the leadership positions and stick around. With a diverse membership base that includes the most senior executives in the United States, Chief was recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2021.
Thinx co-founded by Antonia Saint Dunbar and Miki Agrawal is a one-stop platform that offers reusable underwear to replace pads and tampons. Operating from the heart of New York City, Thinx has paved its way since 2013 towards a sustainable approach for women’s hygiene products.
Landit, a technology platform developed by Lisa Skeete Tatum and Sheila Marcelo, aims to improve the engagement and success of diverse groups and women in the workplace. With a personalized career pathing solution, Landit offers every individual a customizable “one size fits one” alternative that businesses can utilize to develop, attract, and retain high-potential diverse talent.
Leading the fertility clinic network and as family-building benefits provider, Kindbody, founded by Gina Bartasi and Joanne Schneider, provides comprehensive virtual and in-person care. This includes fertility assessments, education, fertility preservation, genetic testing, in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor and surrogacy services, and adoption.
Ellevest, co-founded by Charlie Kroll and Sallie Krawcheck, is an interactive platform aimed at helping women achieve their financial goals. Ellevest offers a modern and engaging user experience that aids in portfolio construction, investment selection, and the development of algorithms for forecasts and recommendations.
PowerToFly, co-founded by Katharine Zaleski and Milena Berry, is a global platform dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusivity, and transparency at the workplace. The platform links diverse candidates with organizations that prioritize diversity, thereby promoting a balanced work environment for everyone.
Proprietary hygiene wearables for incontinence and feminine care are offered by PantyProp, a company started by Crystal Etienne. PantyProp features smart technology designed to ensure stain-free comfort and prevent leaks and stains.
A disruptive lingerie e-commerce startup co-founded by Gary Bravard and Morgan Hermand-Waiche, Adore Me, aims to revolutionize the lingerie industry by offering high-quality lingerie at affordable prices.
Founded by Georgina Gooley, Jason Bravman, and Toni Cruthirds, Billie is a wellness company that offers shaving supplies and body products. Billie is committed to providing TLC from top to toe for women and believes that women should get a great shaving experience without having to pay a premium.
Started by Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan, The Wing is a work and community spaces provider designed for women. The Wing operates from multiple locations including NYC and it relies on community to advance women in professional, civic, social, and economic areas.
AYR, a women’s wear line headquartered in New York City and co-founded by Maggie Winter, is an e-commerce platform. AYR which stands for “All Year Round,” provides women’s wear clothing with a special emphasis on denim, making fashion wearable and affordable, all year long.
In conclusion, these are a few of the many innovative Women’s industry companies operating in New York City. They are breaking glass ceilings, revolutionizing their industries, and creating new platforms for progress. Women entrepreneurs are indeed reshaping the future of business in the city that never sleeps.