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A Teen Made A Graduation Dress Out Of Her Homework To Help Girls Get An Education

Erinne Paisley donated the money she spent on a store-bought dress to the Malala Foundation.

A high school student from Canada made her graduation dress entirely out of her old math homework as a way to raise awareness and money to educate girls worldwide.

Erinne Paisley

Erinne Paisley, of Victoria, B.C., told BuzzFeed News that she has always been interested in activism, and co-founded an activist organization at her school. This year, they focused on women's rights.

Erinne Paisley

Paisley sold the dress she had already bought for the occasion, and donated the money to the Malala Fund.

The fund, started by teen Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, fights to ensure all girls worldwide have access to a secondary education.

The dress read, "I've received my education. Not every woman has that right."

Through her activist work, Paisley got interested in the issue of girls' education. She had the idea to use her graduation to spread awareness that not every girl has the chance to earn an education the way she did.

Erinne Paisley.

"I kept thinking about the fact that over 62 million girls around the world don’t have access to secondary education," she explained.

After hearing about a girl who made a dress out of newspapers, Paisley had the idea to make her dress out of her homework to spread her message.

Erinne Paisley

The dress took Paisley and a friend about seven hours of "trial and error" to complete, and she made a few rough versions before the final product. Paisley said she used her pre-calculus notes, and finished it with satin straps and a velvet waistband.

Erinne Paisley

The teen is now auctioning off her dress to raise money for the Malala Fund. It is currently going for nearly $600.

Erinne Paisley

The teen, who is headed to the University of Toronto to study international relations, said the response to her project has been overwhelming, but she's thrilled the Malala Fund and its mission is being discussed

Erinne Paisley

"Every ounce of attention that this story can get is wonderful," she said.