2010 Women’s History Month Essay Contest


Women  Hold  Up  Half  The  Sky

(a Chinese Proverb)

I am, was, and always will be a catalyst for change.  1972 Presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm 

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.    Poet Audre Lorde

Women in leadership roles can help restore balance and wholeness to our communities.  I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves.  Wilma Mankiller, first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation 


Describe a woman whom you admire and how and why she has been an inspiration, a role model in your life.  How has she provided leadership to improve her world, her nation, her neighborhood, or community?  Explain why her actions are valuable and what you have learned or can learn from her.    

”  Who can enter?                           Any adult learner in D.C. who is working with a tutor or working in an adult basic education, family literacy, ESL, or GED program.


”  Guidelines?                                  See the attached sheet.


”  Date due?                                     Monday, March 22, 2010

”  Grand prize                                 a computer



–Sponsored by the Adult Literacy Resource Center, D.C. Public      

                Library with support from D.C. LEARNs –

14th Annual – 2010 Women’s History Month
Essay Contest Guidelines

”    Your essay should be at least one page.


”    Use a word processor to type your essay.  Students can use computers in the lab in Room 300 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.  Call Stephon Gray to make an appointment (202/727-1616) to use the lab.


”    Fill out the application form below.  Print clearly.  Let us know what level of student you are and if you are just learning English.   Check Level and Language on the application !  Attach the form to your finished essay.


”    Send, bring, or fax your essay to the Adult Literacy Resource Center, Room 300, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC  20001. 

”    Fax:  202/727-0193.   Due date is Monday, March 22, 2010.


”    We will notify all winning writers by April 5, 2010.  Essays will be reviewed in the categories (levels) listed below.


”    Awards Reception for All Essay Writers:  Monday, April 26, 2010, 6:15 – 8:00 p.m.  at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G Street, N.W., Room A-9


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Name: _________________________________________________________________

                  First Name                                (Please print)                                                      Last Name


Address: _______________________________________________________________

                        Street                                       City                                                Zip Code


Phone (day):  _______________________  Phone (evening): _____________________


Adult Education Program:  _______________________________________________


Level:    * Basic/Beginning        * Intermediate        * Advanced (GED)


Language:    * Native Speaker of English                        * English as a Second Language