The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education and the State Historical Society of Iowa, invite Iowa’s youth to gain a deeper and more relevant appreciation of women’s roles in history and celebrate March as Women’s History Month by participating in the Write Women Back Into History Essay Contest.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.” Though women have always made significant contributions to these fields, historically those contributions have not been recognized as publicly as those of men. Here is a chance for Iowa’s youth to change that and learn more about women in these fields.
The contest is open to students in grades 6–9. Winning essayists will be awarded prizes and recognized at a special ceremony at the State Capitol during Women’s History Month, and each finalist will receive a certificate signed by the governor. They also will be introduced in the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives. All winners will receive some cash prize, names will be released to the press, and a special effort will be made to inform media outlets in the students’ communities of their honors.
The best essay on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math will receive book prizes and cash prizes as well.
The deadline for entries is January 24, 2014. Guidelines and entry forms can be found at http://www.women.iowa.gov/about_women/womens_history/essay_contest.html. Contact Sanjita Shrestha at ICSW for more information at 515-281-4219, 800-5584427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.