Meet Alice Williams — Founder of Ovira and women’s health advocate
Meet Alice Williams, Verve member and Founder of Ovria. Ovira is a wearable device that stops period pain and yes, she really does work! Verve CEO, Christina made it through a day of meetings in Sydney recently only thanks to this handy little device. If you get period pain, Ovira is a *game-changer*.
The technology has existed for decades but only now is it being used for period pain relief. This is just another example of women’s pain being underserved — not to mention underresearched, ignored, and often invalidated.
Tell us a bit about you? Why did you join Verve? Why is investing in women important to you?
I’m Alice, the founder of Ovira and it’s a pleasure to make your e-quaintance! I met the Verve girls recently at a startup event, and WOW not only was I was blown away by their fierce and caring nature, but the stats they offered up to me on women’s super in Australia left me dumbfounded. Women in Australia retire with 35% less super than men – HOW is that still a thing!?
Tell us your money story
I think I’ve always had a good relationship with money. I started working when I was 12 years old (please don’t come after me Fairwork) and was taught from a young age to save, so have never been in debt. Even though I hated it at the time, having parents that never handed over cash really set me up for success and forced me to work hard.
What does a ‘wealthy life’ mean to you?
Wealthy to me means freedom. Not necessarily money, but the freedom to do what my heart wants – travel, eating healthy, and being able to say ‘yes’ to whatever comes my way. I think on reflection, I already have a very ‘wealthy’ life.
What financial power do you possess?
Saving!!! I remember when I bought my first car, I came to work and my boss said ’there’s no way you could have bought that Alice, your parents must have paid’. Little did he know that he was actually the one that had paid…
If you could choose to have dinner with one amazing woman, who would it be and why?
I would love to have dinner with Malala Yousafzai! She is a 20 yo Pakistani student who wrote an anonymous diary about what life was like living under the rule of the Taliban. In the diary, she talked about how she deserved an education and how girls should be able to go to school, going completely against Taliban law. She was eventually shot by the Taliban, but survived the attack and went on to win the support of millions of people around the world, winning the Nobel Peace Prize. On receiving the award she joked to the crowd ‘I am probably the first winner that still fights with my brothers’.
Thank you so much to Verve Member Alice for sharing her story and being such a vibrant part of the Verve community. We believe that every woman has a unique story, and every story is unique in its power to improve the lives of other women. Are you a Verve Member and would like to share your story? Send us an email and let’s do it: firstname.lastname@example.org