Women S Role In History Essay Contests

Commission Announces 2018 Women’s History Essay Contest

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Tallahassee, FL (Updated December 7, 2017) — The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is seeking entries for the 2018 Women’s History Essay Contest from students in grades 6–8. The Commission invites students to participate in order to gain a more relevant appreciation of women’s roles in history.

“Celebrating women’s history presents the opportunity to honor and recount stories of our female leaders’ talents, sacrifices, and commitments and inspires today’s generations,” says Essay Contest Chair Commissioner Elena Spottswood. “Learning about our past allows us to build our future. This essay is designed to inspire the future leaders of our state and to help them learn about our government.”

Winning essayists will be awarded prizes and recognized at a special ceremony at the 5th Annual Women’s Legislative Summit to be held at the Capitol in Tallahassee in February 2018. All winners’ names will be released to the media and published on the Commission’s website.

Good news! In order to accommodate the challenging schedule posed on Florida by the storms of this Fall, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women has extended the deadline for the 2018 Essay Contest to Friday, January 12, 2018.  It is the desire of the Commission for all Florida Middle School students to have the opportunity to participate.

Students wishing to research legislative leadership for their essays can find more information here:

Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Members – (Mary Lou Baker, Senator Gwen Margolis, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senator Mary R. Grizzle, Senator Toni Jennings, Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry, Senator Paula Fickes Hawkins, Senator Helen Gordon Davis, Betty Castor, Carrie P. Meek, Ruth Bryan Owen, Elaine Gordon.)

Members of the Florida House
Members of the Florida Senate

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Commission Announces Women’s History Essay Contest

Click here for official entry information.

Tallahassee, FL (September 14, 2016) — The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is seeking entries for the 2017 Women’s History Essay Contest from students in grades 6–9. The Commission invites students to participate in order to gain a more relevant appreciation of women’s roles in history, and engage young minds of women’s role in the future. Since its inception in 1982, the Hall of Fame has recognized and honored Florida women who, through their lives and work, have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for all citizens of the state. Currently, there are 97 members of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, including former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, singer Gloria Estefan, internationally-honored tennis athletes Chris Evert and Althea Gibson, Pilot Betty Skelton Frankman, Bethune-Cookman College founder Mary McLeod Bethune, Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Carrie Meek, Tillie Fowler and Ruth Bryan Owen, Florida Trend Publisher Lynda Keever, and Everglades advocate and suffragist Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

“Celebrating women’s history presents the opportunity to honor and recount stories of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices, and commitments and inspires today’s generations,” say Essay Contest Chair Commissioner Ekecia Taylor. “Learning about our past allows us to build our future. This essay is designed for youngsters to bring the future into the present and design the improvements they want to see in Florida through women.”

Winning essayists will be awarded prizes and recognized at a special ceremony at the 4th Annual Women’s Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee in March 2017. All winners’ names will be released to the media and published on the Commission’s website. The deadline for entry is December 2, 2016.

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is a nonpartisan board, statutorily created in 1991 consisting of 22 appointed members, administratively housed in the Office of the Attorney General, Pam Bondi.

Learn more about the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame here.

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