Cheers to NastinesS
by Rula Al-Nasrawi
I spoke with the founder of Nasty Woman Wines, Meg Murray, on the inspiration behind her company and the future for nasty women everywhere. 20 percent of the company's net profits will go to different causes and charities to help the cause. Cheers to that.
OTC: Tell me about what inspired you to start Nasty Woman Wines.
MM: At first I just thought it would be a fun idea. Something fun to do on the side to celebrate the first female president. I purchased the domain names and trademarked Nasty Woman on election day.
The next day things took a different turn. I was upset and crying on the kitchen floor. My five year old daughter said "It's okay Mommy, how old do I have to be to run for President?" In that moment, I decided to get nasty. I decided that if I wanted change I needed to be involved. I also realized my daughter asked "when" not "if."
I didn't want to see [our progress] slip backwards. With encouragement on social media and from friends I got busy. NASTY WOMAN WINES was launched shortly after that with the hard work of many.
What is your story and what led you to this profession?
I joke that politics drove me to drink. I earned my major in International Studies and minor in Political Science from Portland State University. After graduating, I worked for the World Affairs Council of Oregon then for a US Congresswoman as her finance director and then some other political organizations and candidates. I moved to San Diego in my early 20s, because, why not?
After the election cycle I was looking for work and ran across an ad for an International Wine Broker. I went for it thinking "hey it is sort of in the field of my major." Kind of a stretch but I convinced myself. I had a lot of fun learning about wine, sales and marketing and eventually opened my own wine industry consultancy firm. There has been no turning back. My husband is a winemaker, we are a wine family, and we are also launching our own personal wine brand (Project M Wines) in another year.
Why is it important for women to keep control of words like "nasty" and "bitchy" etc?
We need to change the conversation. I believe by taking control of those descriptors and making them a title, one that we can be proud of, we remove the bullshit and get to the heart of the matter. We need less fluff and more substance when talk about gender parity.
Why are YOU nasty?
I persist and I don't apologize for doing so. I believe that it is important to speak out for those marginalized.
Who are some nasty women you look up to?
Here are a few, there are so many more.
My father. He was a Nasty Woman Supporter and taught me how to stand up for equality. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and lived in an intentional community in the south. He has since passed but I believe he would be proud of this brand and what it stands for and supports.
Meryl Streep. She is one of the most talented actresses of all time, she is poised, well spoken and calls it like it is.
Senator Kamala Harris. She is incredibly smart, clear and driven.
Joanne Rowling (J.K. Rowling). Amazing, creative writer and bad ass thoughtful philanthropist.
What advice to have for people trying to not just get through this time but to truly have their voices heard?
Listen. While we want to have our voices heard if we are not listening, and listening to understand, we can not attempt to create a common ground to then truly be heard.