MEET ETHEL'S CLUB
Ethels Club is a social and wellness club designed with people of color in mind. We believe that people of color deserve space, online and IRL, that centers and celebrates who they are.
As people of color we lack representation in most spaces and often find ourselves on the outside looking in, or belonging to communities that do not fully embrace our celebration, language or spirit.
“People of color are often so familiar with navigating white spaces that even when there’s a possibility of bringing more of ourselves into a room, we simply don’t know how. We’ve assimilated to white cultural conditioning, and that assimilation has become part of our identity. While this can help us “get ahead,” the compromise is that we forget what it feels like to be our whole selves.”
- Kelsey Blackwell, author and activist
I have always craved and sought out spaces and communities that made me feel safe. Whenever I enter a space, I always hope that I’m able to leave my burdens at the door and feel fully comfortable in all facets of my identity. However, as a Black woman, this often isn’t my reality. When I started to look particularly within the landscape of social clubs and other third spaces, I found this to be even less of the case. That’s when the wheels really began to turn and the idea of Ethel’s Club became less of an idea and more of a necessity that had to be created.
Ethels Club was made so that people can reclaim and redefine the parts of themselves that have been repressed and neglected. We provide a physical and digital space for members to build, empower and support one another.
We believe that people of color deserve space to heal & thrive.
At Ethel’s Club, we see our members as unique individuals that deserve care, celebration, and healing. When we’re given the tools to thrive as individuals, we create new worlds when we come together as a community.
Our clubhouse is home to a 4,500 sq ft space that includes a podcast studio, a wellness room, library, rotating art gallery, quiet rooms and a boutique that carries items created by artisans of color. Due to Covid-19 we have shut down the clubhouse and built a digital space online, with the same goal.
What's included in the digital membership?
Virtual programming held three times a day centering wellness, culture and community.
The ability to connect with other members around the world
Access to a writing club, book club, design club and others
Exclusive job postings
Perks and discounts
All for $17/month.
What does the world look like when it's built by a team of Black and brown folks who are invested in each other's well-being and joy? It's our mission and we want you to join the movement.
While our clubhouse is closed, its important that we continue to show up for our community and support all of the creatives building platforms and providing unique experiences.
We're committed to building Ethels Club for anyone who believes in the empowerment of marginalized communities. This is a space for our voices, which are so often marginalized, to be heard. When the community is nurtured and empowered, everyone benefits.
The funds from this campaign will go toward supporting local creatives through programming within the digital clubhouse and gifting memberships to folks building towards liberation and leading radical change within their communities.
If you're interested in learning more about how to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The team behind Ethel's Club
All funds raised on the iFundWomen platform will be used to grow our digital community.