Ponny White is a West African, Liberian refugee, reproductive justice advocate and a storyteller. Her passion for social equity has allowed her the opportunity to work with notable organizations like Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Youth, Girls for Gender Equity, The Century Foundation, School Readiness Consulting, Minnesota Young Women’s Initiative and others.
Ponny’s reproductive advocacy efforts predominantly centers and uplifts the experiences of BIPOC girls, young women and GNC youth; All which are demographics that disproportionately experience reproductive injustices and are deprived of full bodily autonomy. Using her advocacy knowledge, Ponny has spoken at over 20 reproductive justice conferences including: the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC), Black Girl Freedom Fund, Get Free: A Black Feminist Future Conference. Since 2018,Ponny has also presented her works, on gender, race, and other sociopolitical topics impacting young people, at workshops, virtual webinars, media broadcast channels and colleges/ universities including: the University of Cincinnati, Gustavus Adolphus college, and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Her work, most prominently with Girls for Gender Equity, has encompassed redlining political policy proposals like the Protect Black Women and Girls Act of 2020, speaking on panels, and co-authoring Girls for Gender Equity’s “We Remember: Black Youth for Reproductive Freedom” memo.