This fall, we invite current and newly graduated (up to 5 years) students to submit an essay about gender equality and the 28th Amendment (Equal Rights). Pick a writing prompt, research your topic, organize your thoughts, and get writing!
Submissions due Tuesday, December 1st.
- Have you experienced gender discrimination? Share your story and reflect on changes needed in our system to prevent others from experiencing the same.
- America was founded on a document that purposefully excluded the majority of Americans (women, people of color, immigrants, non-property owners) and even today most Americans live at the intersection of multiple forms of discrimination. How can America better live up to its value of “liberty and justice for all” using the 28th Amendment?
- America is the 10th most dangerous country in the world for women. How will the recognition of the 28th Amendment impact our culture and relationships with the international community or under international law?
- How should individuals ensure our government (police, prosectors, judges, lawmakers, and policy makers) upholds “equality of rights under the law” (healthcare, criminal justice reform, childcare, pregnancy discrimination, etc.)?
- Find a recent news story that shocked you and examine how systemic gender inequality played a role in that story.
- Not loving any of the above? Develop your own writing prompt and answer it.
- The submitted essay must be an original essay, not previously published elsewhere, submitted by the author.
- Judges will compare submissions within each of the four groups:
- High school students
- College students
- Graduate school (including law schools) students
- Recent graduates (students who graduated in the last 5 years)
- Judges will review essays using the checklist from: Writing to Influence
- Each contestant can choose one of the following essay lengths
- Short: 150 - 300 words
- Medium: 300 - 999 words
- Long: 1,000+ words
- Date Due (updated): Tuesday, December 1, 2020
- Prizes TBD + publication of the first place essay in each group
- To include:
- Contestant's name, as it should be published
- Email address
- Phone number
- Address of school
- Year graduating / graduated
- Writing prompt chosen
- Confirmation that the essay has not been printed elsewhere already
- Length of essay chosen
- Short / medium essay submitted directly in the form
- Long easy submitted via link to essay (online PDF / Google doc)
- Link for submission will be posted here by November 15th, along with an update on prizes