Womens Groups: Communities Built on Common Interests and Friends
By Janis Kupferer
This is an article about womens groups*, but to start, I’d like to write about what I know of men’s groups … … … … … okay, that was easy.
The fact is that when I think of a men’s club, I immediately visualize the stuffy, conservative, overly-decorated “club” to which Niles Crane belonged on the television show, Fraiser. I also think about the Men’s Club for Hair, which makes for a great testament to the power of advertising, but alas, a completely different article all together.
Womens Groups: Unity and Support
When I think of womans groups or clubs, however, no one particular image comes immediately to mind. There is such a great variety of organizations that form to unite and support women, that my mind kind of stumbles to find that one iconic image of what “womans groups” looks like.
Over the years, I’ve belonged to many womens groups, starting with the brownie troop which met at Mrs. Davie’s each Tuesday afternoon, on to my college sorority, and now, a handful of women’s business networking groups. On the surface, the purpose of each of these organizations is unique. The scouts are about building girls of courage and character, the sorority about providing community service, and the networking group about supporting the efforts of women in business.
But scratch just below these missions and you’ll find that the over-riding reason for womens groups to exist is to provide a community to women. Women like to belong, we like to be a part of, to be indentified with a group of other women as “one of them.” I proudly sported my Girl Scout uniform to school each week, wore my sorority badge nearly everyday, and eagerly announce my membership in my networking group.
Womens Groups: Something for Everyone
The neat thing is, that regardless of what you like and are interested in, there is most likely a group formed around that interest. Like tennis? If so, there are a ton of women’s tennis leagues around most towns—just check with any community center or park system. Politics your passion? Well then, womens groups like the League of Women Voters or NOW might be for you. Like … pinochle or canasta or poker? I guarantee there are womens groups in your area where you can foster these interests, all while you are mixing and mingling with other enthusiast, and building a new community for yourself.
At SocialJane.com, we work every day to become one of the largest womens groups on the internet. Our reason is simple, to help women find their own community, and sense of belonging through friendship—one or many. And with a few good friendships in hand, you can pursue those interests of yours—poker or politics or pilates—with a your own new community of friends.
* Yes, we know that we’ve misspelled this phrase “womens groups” throughout this article. We’ve done so for purposes of SEO (search engine optimization). Seems that folks are not too worried about grammar when Googling. Our apologies for the intentional error.