Meg Wachter, Editor
This time it’s us that have the girl crush! Meg Wachter is fighting the good fight - writing, editing, photographing and organising the hell out of life. We love her passion, focus and sense of humour as much as we love her magazine. So great to have you on board, Meg!
What do you do?
My name is Meg Wachter and I am the editor-in-chief at Got a Girl Crush - a blog & magazine about women, by women, for everyone! I am also a photographer and personal organizer. I like meeting and learning about new people!
Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?
Not today, Satan!
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
My 30s/self-acceptance, the power of community, choosing passion or profit.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
A physical extension of this online resource I compiled for those who were asking what they could do next after the Women's March - a town hall-style panel and Q&A (TBA) in March. We're also working hard on Issue 06 of Got a Girl Crush Magazine!
What is your dream project?
Doing the magazine/event planning full-time.
What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?
I can belch like Barney Gumble from The Simpsons.
If you could choose to hear from any female contemporary at a Make Nice event, who would it be and why?
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (who was in our 4th issue) - because her Stop Telling Women To Smile campaign is one of the most beautiful, powerful, and effective forms of street art I've seen as a means to speak back against gender-based street harassment.
What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?
One thing I strive for with Girl Crush is absolutely more intersectionality - not just race, but age too. I'm tired of living in the echo chamber of 20 and 30-somethings. We need to talk to older generations of women more!
What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
Many summers ago I was riding laps on my bike around Prospect Park in Brooklyn and got increasingly aggravated at the lack of awareness of pedestrians that kept wandering in and out of the bike path. I eventually yelled, "Get out of the way!" at one of them and but a moment later a beautiful Rastafarian man with dreds, clad in full spandex, and on a racing bike pulled up next to me out of nowhere and said, "Hey girl -- ain't no rules around here. You just worry about yourself," and sped off. I know it was meant to be more of a cycling directive, but I've taken it to heart as words to live by after living in New York City for 11 years! Ha.
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
I LIVE my supportive female network! And, no. I didn't always have a strong network of women in my life or my career. I often only had male friends growing up, but always very much craved the empathy of a solid female core. Starting Got a Girl Crush in 2009 as catch-all blog with my friend Andrea in San Francisco (who I met on TUMBLR), was the single greatest decision and (unknowingly) biggest life-changing event in my life. Eight years later I now run the magazine with one of my closer friends, Amanda, and we are working on our 6th annual print issue which is distributed around the world! I meet so many incredible and inspiring women on a daily basis now. Some of the women we've featured in the magazine I now call close friends (to be honest, the blog was originally started as a means of reaching out to ladies we admired and wanted to be friends with anyways)!
Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?
Working at record store in high school in my hometown of Akron, Ohio was such a saving grace in my formative years. I knew nothing about music besides a healthy diet of oldies that my folks listened to...and given that my first concert was New Kids on the Block - I was ripe for the molding as the youngest employee at Quonset Hut! I was turned onto SO much music and had a disposable income that went right back into buying CDs and records. I was always the designated driver when all the employees went to concerts together (was too young to legally drink anyways!) and loved hanging out with the older kids who took it upon themselves to make me mixes or tell me what music to buy. Who knows what crap I would've ended up listening to had I not had this experience!
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
Listening to: (music) Lizzo, Solange, Rhianna, ESG, Iggy Pop, Princess Nokia, Charles Bradley, (podcasts) Call Your Girlfriend, Death Sex & Money, Radiolab, On the Media, 2 Dope Queens
Reading: Steven King's "The Dark Tower" series
Watching: RuPaul's Drag Race
How can we find our more about your work?
Who would you most like to answer these questions next?
Sandra Hong and Melissa Wong from New Women Space
Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow of Call Your Girlfriend