After years of working in real estate and tech, Naj Austin noticed that there was a “chronic lack of representation” of people of color in those industries. The realization prompted her to create a private club and workspace designed with people of color in mind. And so, Ethels Club was born.
“This same deficit of genuine representation is very much reflected in many of the third spaces, including social clubs that many of us rely on for our social nucleus, professional network and cultural anchor,” the 27-year-old told The North Star.
After two years of searching for a club that catered to people of color, Austin said she decided to establish Ethels Club. The brick and mortar space will allow members to “reclaim and redefine the parts of themselves that have been repressed and neglected.”
“I created Ethels Club to be a safe space that allows…
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