Chip childwin, the 14-year-old whose parents are divorced and have since remarried, says she was born with a different idea of what it means to be a woman.
“I am the only child in the world who was born in the United States,” she tells host Rachel Maddow in a recent interview.
“I want to make a difference in the lives of women around the world, and I don’t want to be the president’s daughter.”
Her story is a common one in a country that prides itself on being progressive.
In 2015, then-President-elect Donald Trump appointed Chip to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she currently works.
She is the only girl in her class to be awarded a doctorate.
“If I’m not a girl, I can’t be a scientist,” she says.
“If I want to pursue my science, I need to be accepted into a male-dominated field.”
Chip was raised in a middle-class, working-class neighborhood in East Philadelphia.
She says her mother, who is not a doctor, had a difficult time getting her into college.
She didn’t have any support from her extended family, and she says she had to fight for her father to continue to work.
Chip says she is still dealing with the trauma of losing her father in a car crash.
“When my dad died, he was driving through Philadelphia when he hit a guardrail and crashed into a wall,” she recalls.
“When my mom came home from work, she was crying because she couldn’t even see my dad’s body because of the injuries he suffered.”
It was so hard for me to understand, because he was a good father and he did everything right.
“Chip says her father died of cancer when she was only 13 years old.”
Chip has a different vision for her future. “
He was just like, ‘If you didn’t do what I asked, then I wouldn’t be here today.'”
Chip has a different vision for her future.
“At 14, I want more,” she explains.
“That’s what I want, too.”