Israel’s first female-oriented coworking space offers women a pedestal

Panthera, Israel’s first women-centric coworking space, literally translates to ‘female panther’ in Hebrew. Galit Ana Ben Simhon, Panthera’s co-founder and CEO, said that it is a space where “women seek a dialogue, while men often opt for a monologue.”

The Tel Aviv space is 1,000 square meters laden with contemporary art and panther statues and offers women entrepreneurs a multitude of services and networking opportunities. Panthera also hosts cultural events, lectures, and business courses.

The female-oriented coworking model has grown in popularity as the feminist movement has resurged in a huge way. Spaces such as New York-based The Wing and many others offer similar services seen at Panthera.

According to a December 2018 report by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, women in Israel earn only 69% of average monthly male salaries as of 2017.

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“The situation is worse for women. From the get-go we arrive at a male-dominant world, run according to male conduct and values,” said Ben Simhon. “When the feminist revolution happened, what it did is to add on a job.”

IVC Research also reported that women account for only 7% of founder and co-founders among Israeli startups between 2000 and 2017.

Panthera hopes to support women in their professional endeavors and create a network that pushes them to foster successful businesses according to Ben Simhon.

Aayat Ali

Aayat is an editor for the Daily Digest based in Lexington, Kentucky. She has worked with local coworking spaces since August of 2017 and enjoys taking her firsthand knowledge to write about the fascinating, constantly evolving world of flexible workspaces. Feel free to reach out to her at aayat@allwork.space View all posts by Aayat Ali