Celebrating and recognizing women Hosts on International Women’s Day

Key Takeaways

  • Women earned more than $16 billion on the platform in 2022.
A collage of women Hosts

Key Takeaways

  • Women earned more than $16 billion on the platform in 2022.

This International Women’s Day, we celebrate our women Hosts on Airbnb, who we could not be more proud to recognize, nor fortunate to have on our platform. Today and every day, women are worthy of recognition for all they do and certainly for all they have weathered over the past three years – through a pandemic that has been disproportionately unkind to women, in workplaces that remained inflexible, and most recently, in uncertain and stressful economic times across the globe. 

On Airbnb, women are a light that makes our Host community shine and in 2022, they continued to make up a majority of the community (55%), with even higher proportions in the US (58%), Australia (65%), Ireland (60%), New Zealand (70%) and South Africa (64%)1

But their contributions to our community are about so much more than quantity. Here are some of the ways in which women excelled at hosting on Airbnb last year: 

  • More earnings: Women earned more than $16 billion on the platform in 2022, nearly 10% more than male Hosts2.
  • More five-star ratings: Women Hosts received a higher share of five-star reviews (91%) than men (88%).
  • More new Hosts: Of those who self-identified with a gender, women made up nearly 15% more of our new Host community.

At Airbnb, we’ve made it easier than ever before for women to become Hosts. Last year, during our 2022 Winter Release, we launched Airbnb Setup, which provides new Hosts with the options to match for free with a Superhost for one-to-one guidance, host an experienced guest as their first guest, and receive one-tap access to a specially trained team of Community Support agents. 

Top women Hosts of 2022 

To honor our women Host community, we are highlighting 25+ women who are among the most highly rated Hosts from countries around the world. To find these stellar Hosts, we identified women who had the highest share of five-star ratings in their nation. Incredibly, since so many women have 100 percent five-star ratings, the tiebreaker went to whomever had the greatest number of reviews. A few data highlights of our top women Hosts of 2022 include:

  • The average rating of identified Hosts in the countries below was 5.0.
  • 100% of the Hosts maintained perfect five-star ratings. 
  • The Hosts have nearly 2,500 five-star ratings between them.

Top Women Hosts of 2023, in their own words: 

Joana from Portugal, on why she started hosting: "The death of my 4-year-old boy, Miguel, changed my entire life. I bought the house as a ruin and did a full renovation. I worked very hard to build a place with love, [and] to host guests as part of our family. This “hosting job” it’s much more than opening doors to guests. It’s literally opening doors to friends."
Larissa from the US, on why she started hosting: "Since my children moved to the East Coast to start college, graduate school, and careers, my spouse and I realized that our house was too big for just the two of us. We decided to give hosting on Airbnb a try. From that moment on, hosting on Airbnb became a passion for me. I loved the flexibility it offered, the new connections I made with travelers, and the extra income it generated. I felt grateful to have discovered a way to put our unused space to good use and be a part of the sharing economy."
Maureen from Ireland, on why she started hosting: "After a divorce and we sold our family home. I suddenly had to start over in my early 50s. I got a house that needed a lot of work and when I started fixing it up I made the master en suite into a studio apt. I needed the income to keep the roof over my head but most importantly it's kept the lonely from the door. I have met extraordinary people and have been invited all over the world in return."
Celestine from the Netherlands, on advice for women considering hosting: "If you have a passion for receiving guests and creating a beautiful space for them where they can relax and feel at home, don't hesitate to start. It's not about the money in the first instance, never really. It's about the love and the passion and the desire to share something you love with others. Everything else will follow automatically."
Sunisa from Thailand, on advice for women considering hosting: "Share with a sincere spirit and keep on improving your communication, your property, and your offer of a worry-free local experience."

1All figures in this release are estimates based on internal Airbnb data from 2022 for self-reported women / men Hosts.

2Based on internal Airbnb data looking at the earnings of self-reported women and men Hosts in 2022.