Ming Canaday by a cityscape
Ming M. Canaday

Meet the Founder

Ming Canaday earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 2013, where she triple-majored in International Studies, Chinese, and Asian Studies. While attending the University of Oregon, Canaday traveled to China on three separate occasions, completing coursework at China East Normal University and Nanjing University and interning in Guangzhou and Nanjing.


After graduating, Canaday moved to New York City where she pursued a certificate at the City University of New York in Disability Studies to better advocate for individuals with disabilities. She also completed a summer internship at Human Rights Watch, assisting with research on issues related to China’s policies towards people with physical, mental, and developmental impairments.


Canaday completed coursework for a Master’s degree in the History of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2016. During her time in Europe, Canaday traveled extensively on the continent and also to the University of Cape Town in South Africa to complete her dissertation research on contemporary attitudes towards rising Chinese migration to that region.


Canaday currently resides in Washington D.C. Before founding TGOW, Canaday was a former fellow at RespectAbility, a non-profit organization that seeks to reduce stigma and increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. She also served as a Congressional staffer in the United States Senate.


In her spare time, Canaday enjoys swimming, exploring new neighborhoods, traveling, and reading.