Meet Angela Meyer – an Ace Lady restoring some gender balance and bringing gender insights to One Percent Collective’s Board of Trustees. Angela is a longtime marketing and communications professional, published author and sometimes sailor who we’re stoked has come on board.
You seemed instantly keen when we approached you to join the One Percent Collective board – thank you! What was the ‘why’ in your decision to join The Collective?
Anything with the word collective piques my interest. I really believe that when we work together we can change the world. I also like the One Percent Collective model and how easy it is to give. I thought maybe one way I could give was to join the board and use some of my skills to help grow the brand. Thanks for having me!
You co-founded Double Denim – an agency and consultancy specialising in Gender Intelligence. New Zealand women experience financial inequality throughout their lives yet according to a 2018 World Giving Index Report, New Zealand women are more likely to donate to charity than men. What’s your take on that?
Women control 80% of the 36 trillion dollar global economy. We are responsible for 80% of all purchasing decisions, we build brands and businesses yet we are paid less, retire into poverty due to both the pay and motherhood gap and 87% of us in New Zealand feel afraid and 74% anxious. The bulk of caregiving is done by women. Women buy for others, we donate. We grease the wheels of society with our unpaid labour. Emotional labour is a thing - and women do it. We are more likely to be marginalized, we understand what it means to be ‘other’. We also understand how important healthy communities are. Given all of this, it is not surprising to me that women are more likely to donate. It’s time for men to step up.
Can you give readers the Ace Lady Network elevator pitch and talk about how generosity fits within the Ace Lady ethos?
Imagine a feminist fun park where you can feel more at ease, energised, empowered and connected? A space that recognizes what it is like to be a woman in the world ( we see you gendered bullying, gender pay gap, etc) and a place you can take your bra off and relax, have a laugh or if you want to change the world we are up for that too. That’s the Ace Lady Network. It is founded on generosity. Anna Dean and I have been voluntarily running it for 7 years. One of our popular events is Help A Sister Out, where anyone can bring a question, from does anyone have a list of female tradies to how do I get over a break up to how do I parallel park. We can tap into the network and always find an answer because of the generosity of spirit in the ALN.
That time you, your husband and son set out to sail from the Caribbean to Brisbane, what did you learn about yourself?
A level of patience I never knew possible. Sailing is really, really slow. And resilience – so much resilience. Sailing with a one-year-old when I had giardia and seasickness and our boat was filling with water in the middle of the Pacific Ocean I learned I am calm under pressure. I also discovered that even in the most difficult times I can always blast out an 80’s rock anthem to get me through. It’s amazing how growing up in landlocked Palmerston North listening to AM radio really prepared me for the ocean. :)
My husband calls me ‘Capability Meyer’. Take from that what you will.
What’s in a Kuna Colada cocktail? When did you have your first one? What were the circumstances?
Rum and coconut water. We were in the Kuna Yala off the coast of Panama and had run aground on a reef. After some spectacular problem solving, and me stress singing Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer” (I know? What was that about???) we managed to winch ourselves off and navigate out into open water. Once we had securely dropped anchor we rowed to shore, found a fresh coconut and created the Kuna Colada cocktail to calm our nerves.
Is there a motto you live by?
Most recently the motto I have in my head is “every step brings you closer”. It serves as a good one both literally and metaphorically. Just before Christmas last year I walked solo along the Te Araroa from my home in Wellington to my mother’s place in Palmerston North. It was a wonderfully challenging experience and I had to do some very long days to beat a front of bad weather - I’m still waiting for my toenails to grow back. TMI, sorry. It’s also a great motto for the work I do at Double Denim.
What piece of advice would you give 5-year-old Angela Meyer?
Don’t spend your whole life worrying about body image. It’s a massive waste of your precious time and no good will come of it.