By RepresentWomen on June 23, 2021
Hi! My name is Paige Chan, and I am a Research Intern at RepresentWomen. I recently graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University - New Brunswick with a double degree in Political Science and Philosophy. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to work in politics, but I was confused about how exactly to apply myself outside of the stereotypical working on a campaign or as a representative. It was at Rutgers University that I discovered that research was a career pathway that satisfied both my desire to make a difference and my personal strengths.
At Rutgers, I had the privilege of working on the Young Elected Leaders Project. My experience working on that research showed me just how important research is to understanding, informing, and affecting the policies that are ultimately discussed by the government. At RepresentWomen, I hope to continue to affect policy, but this time for women advocacy and rights. Women have immense potential to change our society for the better, but they need the opportunities to do so. What attracted me to RepresentWomen was that their research aims at comprehensive systematic changes to help women as a whole, such as through ranked choice voting, rather than aiming to help individual women.
A fun fact about me is that I was also a Religion Minor at Rutgers University and in my free time I read academic articles about the intersections of philosophy and religion, especially eastern religions such as Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism. Some of my favorite things in the world are botanical gardens, rainbow sprinkles, and the Jersey Shore boardwalk on a summer night. I also have no pets, but my sister has a Samoyed which may be the fluffiest thing alive.