100 YEARS OF POWER

I’ve been thinking a lot about June 4, 1919—the historic day Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting all American women the right to vote. Tomorrow is the annual Women’s March, and 137 days until June 4, 2019, when it will be 100 years since that iconic date. 100 years of women’s suffrage; 100 years of women working to empower other women, 100 years of women speaking up, demanding change. 100. A big number and a small number all at once.

When I launched Hey! VINA, I knew I wanted to create a safe place for women to meet, connect, and join forces. I wanted us to have smart resources so that no matter where we are in our lives or in the world, we have the support system of other women in our lives there for us. I know that when you put a group of women together, sh*t gets done. As my friend Shelley Zalis of The Female Quotient puts it: “A woman alone has power; together we have impact.”

From the 19th Amendment to the #MeToo movement, history proves that women supporting women creates a wave of change. And not just any wave—but a tidal wave.

We see it with women like Tarana Burke, who started the Me Too movement in 2006, which led to 252 celebrities, politicians, CEOs and others accused of sexual misconduct since April 2017. Or newly elected U.S. congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib—who call one another “squad” and “dream team,” as they band together to put an end to the patriarchy that has upheld male power and privilege for far too long. Malala Yousafzai, who is fighting for millions of girls around the world to go to school. Or the sister survivors who bravely testified against U.S. gymnastics Olympic team “doctor” Larry Nassar, joining together to not only put him behind bars but to dismantle the system that allowed him to hurt so many, despite countless reports, warnings and red flags.

The list of women in this tidal wave is endless—and it’s only getting bigger.

It’s about damn time! For far too long, we’ve been living in the culture of patriarchy, where women were portrayed and taught by men-led entertainment companies and T.V. shows to compete with one another and become ‘frenemies.’ If we weren’t fighting over a guy, then we had to be fighting over a job, or a shirt, or a diet. I can’t even count how many times I’ve explained Hey! VINA to a man, and he’s exclaimed, “I thought women hated each other!” No bud, that’s just simply not true.

But we’ve flipped that script. We’ve leaned in. We’ve leaned out. We’ve linked up. We’ve supported each other—in every tagged #BelieveWomen meme, in every hashtag, in every march, we’ve fought the false narrative of women and how we see each other.

When I envision the future generations of women and what the picture looks like for the next 100 years, I see community, not competition. I see strength. In the next 100 years, there won’t be a day when we have a dream that feels too big for us. We will always feel supported. We will always feel like we have a network behind us, cheering us on, picking us up when one of us falls down.

We are laying the future of friendship right now. Today. We waste no time. We know there is a real human need for friendship. With loneliness being the biggest health epidemic of our time—equated to smoking 15 cigarettes a day—our health, happiness, and lifespan depend on making these solid, meaningful connections.

We know that women live about five percent longer than men—and our demand for community and need for sisterhood could be the reason, “Some have posited that the reason for females’ longer lives is due to our abilities in the social sphere,” says Amy Yotopoulos, Director of the Mind Division at the Stanford Center on Longevity. 

Could investing in your social life be a key factor in living to 100? Science says it certainly can! Not regularly spending time with friends and prioritizing your social connections has shown to reduce your lifespan by 30%, but on the upside, having close friends and spending time with them has shown to increase your lifespan by 50%.

We need these close bonds to keep the momentum going—so I’m making a 100 year commitment to you with Hey! VINA. In honor of the upcoming 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and in effort to help you live to centenarian status, I’m introducing the Hey! VINA Century Club. We’re offering a limited group of vinas the opportunity to join our Century Club, which means that you have 100 years of VINA VIP status. You’ll get all the amazing benefits of being a VINA VIP on the app, but more than that, you’ll be investing in the future of friendship for you and for women everywhere for the next 100 years.

We’ll add 100 years to your life. 100 years of vinas to meet. 100 years of friendships that will help you get through any hardship you face. 100 years of laughs. 100 years of a shoulder to cry on. 100 years of sisterhood.

Let’s live it up for the next 100 years together, and become a VINA Century Club member. Just look at all that women have accomplished together in 100 years. What does the next 100 hold for us?

Want to become a VINA Century Club member? Sign up on the Hey! VINA iOS app. 

FUN VINA PLANS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK AND WEEKEND!

Hey, vinas! Since our PLANS feature launched, you never have a reason to say “I have nothing to do today!” again.

Need more convincing? Check out this list of open events happening in our top VINA cities! All you have to do is RSVP in the app and show up. Just click the link below to pull up all the details. Cheers to more vinas!

NYC PLANS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🍷Let’s head to the FREE wine tasting with Jenny at Union Square at 2pm — SIGN UP HERE

🍽🍸 Let’s do dinner and drinks with Paula at Fig & Olive at 7pm — RSVP HERE

💃 Let’s go out dancing with Mila at The Park at 10pm — JOIN IN HERE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

🍶🎨 Let’s try our hand at pottery with Mir at La Mano Pottery at 1pm — SIGN UP HERE

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

☕️ Let’s grab coffee with Pamela at Pennylane Coffee at 4pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

🥂🦋 Let’s grab drinks with Tasia at the Monarch Rooftop Bar at 5:30pm — RSVP HERE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

🍻 Let’s hit up happy hour with Cara at the Third Floor Cafe at 6:15pm — JOIN IN HERE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

🍗🥧 Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving-eve with Tiffany at FREQ at 11pm — RSVP HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

✌️🏙 Let’s do something with Jenny in Manhatten at 1pm — RSVP HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

👯‍♀️ Let’s go out dancing with Natilee at Playroom NYC at 10:45pm — JOIN IN HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

🎉 Let’s go to this Afro Code Day party with Ashley at Hudson Terrace at 4:30pm — SIGN UP HERE

🎟 Let’s check out The Heavy Hitters concert with Tiffany at Hulu Theater/Madison Square Garden at 8pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

SURRY HILLS, AUSTRALIA PLANS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

✌️Let’s do Sunday dinner with the VINA CEO Olivia June at Winery at 6pm — RSVP HERE

SAN FRANCISCO PLANS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

☕️ Let’s grab coffee with Grace at Stanza Coffee at 10am — RSVP HERE

🍝 Let’s do dinner with Shang at Chili House SF at 6pm — JOIN IN HERE

🍹 Let’s grab drinks with Lesley in San Francisco at 9pm — SIGN UP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

🛁🎉 Let’s do a spa, dinner, club night with Nakisha at The Marker San Francisco at 3pm — RSVP HERE

CHICAGO PLANS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

✨ Let’s check out the lights festival with Emily at Magnificent Mile at 3pm — JOIN IN HERE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

🎸 Let’s go to the Amine Concert with Carly in Chicago at 7:30pm — RSVP HERE

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

🎤 Let’s go to the 6lack concert with Dree at The Riviera Theater at 9pm — SIGN UP HERE

WASHINGTON, DC PLANS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

☕️🍰 Let’s have high tea with Meredith at The Mandarin Oriental at 3pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

💃 Let’s go out dancing with Jess at WILD DAYS at 10pm — JOIN IN HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

👯‍♂️ Let’s go out dancing with Nenneh at Bliss Nightclub at 11:45pm — RSVP HERE

LOS ANGELES PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

✌️ Let’s go to SuperDuperKyle Con with Jhai at Hollywood Palladium at 7pm — SIGN UP HERE

🎟👩🏻‍🎤 Let’s go to a concert with Kaliyah at Hollywood Palladium at 8pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

💃🌟 Let’s go to Dancing With The Stars with Sarah at The Grove at 12pm — JOIN IN HERE

TORONTO PLANS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

🍔🍷 Let’s hit the food and wine expo with Keila at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at 6pm — RSVP HERE

🎳🥳 Let’s go bowling for Eva’s birthday with Eva in Toronto at 8:15pm — RSVP HERE

SÃO PAULO PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🍻 Let’s grab drinks with Caroline in São Paulo at 9pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

💅 Let’s get a manicure with Caroline in São Paulo at 7pm — JOIN IN HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

🛍 Let’s go shopping with Caroline in São Paulo at 6pm — SIGN UP HERE

SINGAPORE PLANS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

✌️ Let’s do something with Syafiqah at Bugis Junction at 9am — CHECK IT OUT HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

🍳🍊Let’s do brunch with Phua at Bread Yard at 12:45pm — RSVP HERE

☕️ Let’s meet for coffee with Xia Xiaomi in Singapore at 2pm — JOIN IN HERE

MONTREAL PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

☕️🥛 Let’s get coffee with Lily at Milton B – Cafeteria Urbaine at 3pm — SIGN UP HERE

🤗 Let’s do something with Lily at Societe V at 6pm — CHECK IT OUT HERE

CALGARY PLANS 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 

🍱 Let’s get dinner with Sarah at Sushi BBQ Inn at 6pm — JOIN IN HERE

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA PLANS 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

📚 Let’s start a book club with Laura at 10am — JOIN IN HERE

✌️Let’s do something with Michelle at 2pm — RSPV HERE

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

📚 Let’s go to Slut Walk and march together with Eliza at 12pm at Father’s Office Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant — JOIN IN HERE

DALLAS PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

✌️ Let’s do something with Sierra at 9pm — JOIN IN HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

🦃Let’s have a Thanksgiving meal with Rue at Second Floor Regionally Inspired Kitchen at 12pm — RSPV HERE

OAKLAND, CA PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🎵 Let’s do Trap Karaoke with Nakisha at the New Parish at 9pm — JOIN IN HERE

AUSTIN, TX PLANS 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

🎵 Let’s go to Heavy Metal Show Partner with Kimberlee at Come and Take It Live at 5pm — JOIN IN HERE

CHARLOTTE, NC PLANS 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🎬 Let’s go to the movies with Marla at AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 at 7pm — JOIN IN HERE

INDIANAPOLIS, IN PLANS 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

🥂 Let’s grab drinks with Crystal at 9pm — JOIN IN HERE

DENMARK PLANS 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

👯‍♀️ Let’s go to Women’s Circle with Denisa at Olof Palmes Alle at 7pm — JOIN IN HERE

FINLAND PLANS 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Let’s go to Sunrise Avenue’s Gig with Noora at Club Teatria Oulu at 11pm — JOIN IN HERE

If your city isn’t mentioned here, go to the PLANS feature on Hey! VINA and start looking! Make sure your radius to find new vinas is set to at least 50 miles away from you—that way, you’ll see open plans in that same radius. And you can always create your own open plan as well! 

FUN VINA PLANS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK AND WEEKEND!

Hey, vinas! Since our PLANS feature launched, you never have a reason to say “I have nothing to do today!” again.

Need more convincing? Check out this list of open events happening in our top VINA cities! All you have to do is RSVP in the app and show up. Just click the link below to pull up all the details. Cheers to more vinas!

NEW YORK CITY PLANS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

🛍Let’s go shopping at Monica Vinader in NYC at 5:30pm-7:30pm with Brittany — RSVP HERE

🍹Let’s get Korean BBQ and drinks at Korea Town at 8:30pm with Benita — DETAILS HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

🍷Let’s go to the Freedom and Feminism Gala with Lynda at 22 Battery Place at 10pm — JOIN IN HERE

💃Let’s go to Epic Dancehall Palooza with Stacia at 431 W. 16th St. at 10:30pm — RSVP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🥂Let’s go to dinner and drinks with Paula at Fig & Olive at 7pm — SIGN UP HERE 

👯‍♀️Let’s go out dancing with Mila at The Park at 10pm — RSVP HERE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

🎨Let’s go to a pottery class with Mir at La Mona Pottery at 1pm — SIGN UP HERE 

CHICAGO PLANS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

📱Let’s make a group chat with Susana at 1:30am — COME JOIN HERE

🎹Let’s see Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridger at Thalia Hall with Olivia at 7:30pm — DETAILS HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

🎵Let’s go to Rezz with Elena at Aragon Ballroom at 7pm — RSVP HERE

👯‍♀️Let’s go dancing with Octavia at Benchmark at 7:30pm — RSVP HERE

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AUSTIN, TX PLANS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

💃Let’s go out dancing at Barberella with Taylor at 9pm — RSVP HERE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

🍷Let’s get dinner at Korea House Restaurant with Rebecca at 8pm — RSVP HERE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

💃Let’s go out dancing at Scratchouse with Jordan at 11pm — RSVP HERE

WASHINGTON, DC PLANS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

🎵Let’s go see Tasha Cobbs at Warner Theater at 9pm with Tanaa — MEET ME HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

✌️Let’s do something with Rachel at 2pm — SIGN UP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

☕️Let’s go to high tea at the Mandarin at Mandarin Oriental with Meredith at 3pm — SIGN UP HERE

CANADA PLANS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

🥂Let’s get dinner at Naina’s Kitchen with Sarah at 6pm — SIGN UP HERE

LOS ANGELES, CA PLANS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

🦃Let’s go to Friendsgiving at Habesha Lounge with Shanila at 8:30pm — SIGN UP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🎵Let’s go to a concert at Hollywood Palladium with Kaliyah at 8pm — SIGN UP HERE

OAKLAND, CA PLANS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

💃Let’s go dancing to Regaton at Complex Oakland with Alexis at 10pm — SIGN UP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

🎵Let’s do trap karaoke at The New Parish with Nakisha at 9pm — SIGN UP HERE

MEDFORD, MA PLANS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

🍷Let’s go to wine club at Modera Medford with Alyson at 7pm — SIGN UP HERE

PORTLAND, OR PLANS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

🍹Let’s grab drinks at QuarterWorld Arcade with Natalie at 6pm — SIGN UP HERE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

🍷Let’s grab drinks at The Great Lost Bear with Hannah at 7pm — SIGN UP HERE

MINNEAPOLIS, MN PLANS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

✌️Let’s rufus du sol at First Avenue with Angela at 6pm — SIGN UP HERE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

✌️Let’s do something at Kitty Cat Klub with Ashley at 8pm — SIGN UP HERE

If your city isn’t mentioned here, go to the PLANS feature on Hey! VINA and start looking! Make sure your radius to find new vinas is set to at least 50 miles away from you—that way, you’ll see open plans in that same radius. And you can always create your own open plan as well!