What better way to start off Women's History Month than a post highlighting all of the wonderful women's communities in my favorite city, Shanghai!
From mamas groups to strictly for women in business, Shanghai has a plethora of women's communities to help support, connect, and empower women.
To join any of the groups below, scan the QR code on WeChat, the must-have app in China, we don't use facebook or whatsapp in China, we use WeChat, to download click here. To learn more how we use WeChat in China, I wrote a previous blog post about it if you want to read it here
Dedicated to Shanghai’s LGBTIQ+ community. LQ focuses on empowering the LGBTIQ+ community through events and their soon to be released APP. LQ also has begun doing diversity and inclusion trainings for businesses and organizations around China.
A vibrant and fun community that organizes weekly social events from Zumba and badminton to discussions about love, sex, and many other topics.
Lean In Shanghai International
LISI is a non-profit circle part of the global Lean In platform founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The inclusive community aims to inspire and empower women to achieve their professional ambitions. LISI’s professionals have diverse backgrounds and expertise and are committed to inspire and empower women.
LISI organizes monthly events ranging from small intimate roundtables for open discussion centered around topics to speaker seminars. Each month is different and each meeting focuses on a different aspect of professional development. From negotiation in the workplace to body posture, LISI’s sessions are always inspiring and positive.
International Professional Women’s Society
Established in 1993, IPWS is a vibrant and diverse community dedicated to connecting professional women through multiple events monthly.
Topics of events range from e-commerce to intrapreneurship and always are well-moderated. Their monthly mentor walks are always full and great for younger women looking for mentorship. IPWS always has a diverse crowd of attendees with lots of women eager to network and develop their professional skills.
A grassroots DIY community that organizes a yearly festival and other events to promote gender equality and equity. Ladyfest aims to showcase, celebrate, and encourage the artistic, community, and political work and talents of women in Shanghai.
An amazing community that throws one massive kickass event every March around International Women’s Day to celebrate girl power. The event is usually an all-day affair that has workshops, performances, booths highlighting various communities and artists, food, drinks and is usually a lot of fun.
WeChat Official Account: Ladyfest_Shanghai
LT is a community dedicated to bringing together women that are newcomers to Shanghai. The community shares deals around town and general tips and advice to improve daily life in Shanghai.
A great community who gather occasionally offline. Primarily centered around WeChat groups that bring together an eclectic mix of women who discuss everything and anything related to life in Shanghai.
Women's Executive Network (WEN)
WEN provides senior female executive members of AmCham Shanghai with opportunities to connect with peers across industries and share relevant information through monthly programming including informal networking session, board-level skills training and executive coaching.
WEN members include C-suite executives, presidents, vice-presidents, partners and managing directors from a broad variety of industries. The goal of WEN is to create a community of women in top business leadership positions.
WeChat Official Account: AmChamShanghai
ShanghaiMamas.org is a diverse online community of international families living in Shanghai, China. They are there to support each other and respect each other’s views and feelings. Their discussions concern the real world of family life in Shanghai and they are primarily there for support, encouragement, helpful information, and community. All members deserve respect and support regardless of their choices, parenting or otherwise.
ShanghaiMamas meet weekly in different parts of the city to hang out, support, network and help each other be great moms in busy busy Shanghai. They also plan annual events for the community, support each other in business, and are active community members in Shanghai.
Girl Gone International
GGI! Girl Gone International is a non-profit, volunteer-led, global community dedicated to women who travel. Started in 2010 in Hamburg, Germany by Anne Scott, GGI has grown to over 140 cities globally and 30 in Asia and growing. Each community has a community manager that organizes offline social events and moderates various social media channels for women to connect and feel comfortable in their adopted cities. GGI also has a digital magazine, website, and a soon to be released APP. It’s one great big co-created community. There are currently seven active communities in China; Shanghai, Nanjing, Xiamen, Chengdu, Beijing, Suzhou and Hangzhou.