Write Women Back Into History
Sponsored by the Iowa Commission on the
Status of Women, Iowa Department of Education, and the State
Historical Society of Iowa, the Write Women Back Into History
annual essay contest serves to celebrate Women's history
month--March--and to increase awareness of the contributions
made by Iowa women.
Write Women Back Into History Guidelines and Entry Form.
The theme for 2014 is “Celebrating women of character, courage and committment.” The deadline is January 24, 2014. Download the guidelines and entry form for more details.
2013 Contest Winners:
Best Essays, Grades 6-7
1. Grace Denner
New Hampton Middle School, New Hampton
Teacher: Erin Snyder
2. Sophia Xiao
Pleasant Valley Junior High, LeClaire
Teacher: Lyra Johnson
3. Carolyn Frank
Home school, Ames
Teacher: Jennifer Frank
Best Essays, Grades 8-9
1. Dakota Lucht
Northview Middle School, Ankeny
Teacher: Linette Mace
2. Laci Droll
Iowa City West High School, Iowa City
Teacher: Jeff Finn
3. Caleb Mark Gipple
North Mahaska Junior High, New Sharon
Teacher: Donna Boots
For more information, call (515) 281-4470.
2013 Celebration Day
On March 14, 2013, the winners
came to Des Moines to celebrate their success.
Students were introduced in both chambers of the Iowa
met with Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds,
and enjoyed a tour of the Iowa Capitol.
Focus of Essays
are encouraged to choose a woman, preferably from Iowa, from
any historical period, past or present, and write about the
accomplishments of her life and how she has made a difference
to the student and to society in the social justice and civil
rights arena. Although Iowa women are preferred and encouraged,
the subject of the essay may be a woman from another state
or another country.
should identify the following:
Why the woman should be written into history (i.e., what
meaningful contributions has she made to her community,
the state, nation, or world?), and
she is important to the student. Students should consider
what people would learn about us from this essay 50 years
successful essay will discuss why the student researched,
read about, interviewed, and/or found the subject to be
a role model; it should not merely be a biographical sketch.
student’s own thoughts on the significance of the
woman’s contributions are important.
Oral interviews are strongly recommended.
Other research methods may be used as long as the information
in the essay is accurate and sources are cited.
Can You Participate?
Any Iowa youth in grades 6 - 9th may
enter one essay.
Cash prizes will be awarded to
the first, second, and third place winner in each of the
6-7th Grade and 8-9th Grade divisions (first place - $100,
second place - $75, and third place - $50).
Special awards and cash prizes are
given to the best essays on women in science and engineering
each of the 6-7th Grade and 8-9th Grade STEM divisions.
All winners will be honored in a
ceremony at the State Historical Building and introduced in the House
of Representatives and the Senate.
of the winning essays and lists of winners for previous
more information, contact Kristen Corey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 281-4470.
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