Founded in July 2018, For Women Who Roar is a digital and print magazine that aims to elevate the voices and stories of women. The Sister Journal’s values align with FWWR so we spoke to Founder Megan Febuary, whose passion and drive will inspire you to roar your truth from the rooftops.
What’s your story? How did FWWR come to fruition?
I like to say For Women Who Roar was born when I was around 12 years old. That’s the age I wrote my first book. It was filled with poetry and stories of middle aged kids I was in school with. We were all hurting and found the safest way to express it was through language. I still have this little stapled together book today. A couple of years ago, I wrote my first poetry book titled For Women Who Roar. After sitting back with it, I realised I wanted this to be something bigger. I’ve always been a writer, artist, and space holder for women, but I wanted to create a business that was an actual storytelling platform. It made sense that it would be a magazine, online and print, just like my first book, as well as a podcast and events where women could connect and share in real life.
What has been the highlight of running FWWR?
This movement is my heartbeat. Before I started FWWR, I was having an existential crisis every other week. I was doing work I love, but at the end of the day felt so empty. FWWR is most definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m learning so much, but it is also the most satisfying.
What has been FWWR’s biggest challenge so far?
Most definitely monetising. Figuring out how best to fund this business is the biggest challenge. I am in throes of trying a lot of different tactics to see what works and appeals to our audience. Once thing I’ve learned in running a company is that you have to be okay with failing. You have to be okay with showing up when things get hard.
Which influential woman inspires you most?
I think this can change often depending on the season of life, but I am always inspired by poets. The late Maya Angelou and Mary Oliver have been such a source of healing and bravery for me in their work. I come back to their words often.
How do you think we can make changes in the world to uplift women and unite in sisterhood?
Keep listening to each other. Keep making space for one another. It is easy to live in this scarcity idea and delve into competition, but everyone has a unique story to tell and offering to give the world.