Essay Contest

Essay Contest

Poster with woman using ballot box, 1920s, large word VOTE at top
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Public Statement
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Friday, November 22, 2019

League Essay Contest - Due Feb. 16, 2020

Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

2020 is an historic year in women’s right to vote in United States elections because the 19th amendment was passed granting women’s suffrage in 1920.  To celebrate the event and to remind citizens of those momentous times, the League of Women Voters is sponsoring an essay contest open to all Los Alamos students in grades 9 through 12 attending public, private, or home schools.

The topic of the essay is “U.S. women fought for decades for the right to vote, finally achieving the vote in 1920. What were some of the obstacles to achieving suffrage? Since 1920, there have been many obstacles potential voters have encountered in trying to vote. Discuss one challenge that you think is significant.”

The cash prizes offered are:

        • First prize:  $400
        • Second prize:  $200

Essays are due February 16, 2020.

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Instructions for Essay Contest on Women’s Suffrage

Topic:  U.S. women fought for decades for the right to vote, finally achieving the vote in 1920. What were some of the obstacles to achieving suffrage? Since 1920, there have been many obstacles potential voters have encountered in trying to vote. Discuss one challenge that you think is significant.

Eligibility:  open to all Los Alamos students in grades 9 through 12 attending public, private, or home schools.

Due date:  February 16, 2020, before midnight

Length:  900 to 1500 words, answering both questions

Format:  electronic, double-spaced, 12-point font

Sources: include a separate page at the end listing references you have consulted (not counted in the 1500-word limit).

Prizes:  $400 first prize; $200 second prize

How to send essay:  send an email to president@lwvlosalamos.org.  Include your name and phone number and attach your essay.

Questions:  please contact president@lwvlosalamos.org.

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