July 20, 2017

Airbnb and the Plight of the Female Host and Traveler

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Earlier last month, in commemoration of International Women’s Month, Airbnb released a 37-page report called “Women Hosts and Airbnb: Building a Global Community.”

In the report, the homesharing marketplace revealed a number of facts and figures meant to demonstrate how the company has helped economically empower women around the world, helping them earn some $10 billion since the company’s inception in 2008. The company said that today, some 1 million women host on Airbnb, accounting for 55 percent of its global host community.

Last year, female hosts in the U.S., for example, collected an average of $6,600. Women also make up some of the Airbnb community’s most involved hosts, too: 59 percent of “Superhosts,” hosts considered among the best reviewed, are women and more than 60 percent serve as Home Sharing Club leader hosts.

Missing from that report, however, was the discussion of the complex needs of female Airbnb users, whether they act as hosts or guests. These are, often, needs related to safety, security, and a strong sense of community or support that are especially heightened when women travel (or host) alone.

“People are starting to realize that it’s different when you travel as a woman,” said Beth Santos, founder and […]

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