Jennifer Wells-Qu joined Equality Now in January 2016. Before Equality Now, she worked at several New York City startups including Seleni Institute, a maternal and reproductive mental health clinic. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Gender & Sexuality Studies and East Asian Studies from the University of Chicago, USA. Her senior thesis explored the effects of racialized sexual stereotypes on Asian American men and the implications for the women they sought to date.
Jennifer was first inspired to advocate for women’s and girls’ rights after learning about the use of sexual violence in the Darfuri conflict and as a universal weapon of war, and later after reading Kristof and WuDunn's Half the Sky. For Jennifer, the law is the foundation for social change. It provides a framework for implementing gender equality as well as recourse for victims of gender-based violence or discrimination.
Jennifer’s sheroes are Katie Meyler, Time Person of the Year and proof that one person really can change the world; Jimmy Carter, who has worked tirelessly to advance the rights of women; and Miki Agrawal, who is paving the way for female entrepreneurs. Her favorite quote is: “A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings” (Unknown).
Outside of the office, Jennifer enjoys planning her next big trip, reading Latin-American literature, volunteering for animal rescues, and visiting arts and cultural institutions in New York.
Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jwellsqu