Hi my name is Grace Wong and I’m a junior at a small independent progressive school in my favorite city of Portland, Oregon. Fun fact, I was born and raised in this awesome Northwest town!
In my free time I dance on my school’s POM team and also train in classical ballet, I play classical violin and piano and am a part of Mock Trial, Model United Nations, and Junior State of America. I also volunteer with Write Around Portland and Literary Arts. But most importantly I am a co-president of E^2.
I am a dork for documentaries and after watching Girl Rising I knew that I had to start making a difference. There were three other girls at my school who ran similar programs to Girl Up and so last year we decided to join forces and start Equality Enforcers. Equality Enforcers is a coalition of four international organizations: Girl Up, She’s the First, Lean In and Girls Learning International that aims to promote women and girls within our community, domestically and internationally through community events and advocacy. I am the President of the Girl Up branch of Equality Enforcers. In our first year we have hosted speakers from MercyCorp, the Nike Girl Effect, and had a panel of local women politicians and lobbyist. We have partnered with local organizations such as Camions of Care and the Cascade Aids Project. With Camions of Care we packaged over 800 care packages of feminine hygiene products for Portland’s homeless women. With the Cascade Aids Project we were able to fundraise for condom dispensers with free condoms to promote safe sex within our community.
In the summer of 2015, I have the privilege to travel to Rwanda with Girl Up to both learn about science and technology but also advocate for women in STEM.
I am so honored and excited to be a Teen Advisor and promote gender equality and give girls the access to healthcare, ensure they’re counted and receive an education. I cannot wait to meet my fellow Teen Advisors to advocate for the Girl Up campaign!