Elva Chen

Assistant Communications Manager

Hello! My name is Elva Chen and I am the assistant communications manager at FEMchess. I am a sophomore at California High School. Though I myself do not play chess, I was incredibly interested in FEMchess when I heard about their mission, to close the long-standing gender gap between males and females in the field of competitive chess. Gender gaps have always been an area of confusion for me, even when I was young. Why are so many areas so predominantly male-oriented when in theory, a 50/50 split is most logical? When I grew older, I realized it was the stigma around areas, such as chess, that discouraged girls to take part in it. Since then, I’ve always looked toward bringing attention to the unreasonable gender gaps that still exist and, I’m glad that, through FEMchess we can bring even more attention to the gender gap and work to slowly but surely lessen the gap.

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Elva Chen