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Mary Wollstonecraft Writing Award


2010 Winners

Award Description

This award, named in honor of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), the English philosopher who wrote the classic text A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792), is given annually by the Augustana Women's and Gender Studies Program. It is designed to recognize excellence in women's and gender scholarship at the undergraduate level.

Awards are typically presented in three categories:

  1. Short analytical essay
  2. Long analytical essay
  3. Personal/reflective prose (perhaps a series of journals you've written for a class, or a paper that draws heavily on your own experience, or makes its point creatively, rather than analytically)

Entries are in the spring term for student papers written in the previous spring, fall, and winter terms. Entry deadline is typically around April 1.

The deparment seeks entries that display excellent liberal arts scholarship and creativity at the undergraduate level. Entries should have a thesis or underlying insight that is skillfully supported and rhetorically effective. Since feminist scholars have influenced all academic fields, any course offered in the college could, potentially, be the basis for written work addressing historical, theoretical, social, psychological, artistic, and economic questions relevant to the Wollstonecraft Award.

Winners will receive a small monetary award and a certificate of recognition. Entries will be judged anonymously by professors from other colleges.

For more information, contact Jane Simonsen, History/WGS, x8916, OM228C.

2010 Award Winners

2010 Wollstonecraft Award Winners & Instructors
2010 Award Winners


Personal/Reflective Essay

  • Mariah Williamson, "Knitter's Revolution: Males in a Female Arena." Honors Foundations 102, Winter '09-'10. Instructor: Dr. Jane Simonsen

Long Analytical Essay

  • Allison Connelly, "Reading Truth to Power: A Two-Way Dialogue Between Feminist Theory and To the Lighthouse." English Senior Inquiry, Winter '09'10. Instructor: Dr. Karin Youngberg.

Short Analytical Essay

  • First Prize:  Lindsey Dixon, "Sierra Leone and the United States: Cutting Between the Issue." Introduction to Anthropology, Winter '09-'10. Instructor: Dr. Adam Kaul.
  • Honorable Mention: Aakash Patel, "Breaking Down the Gender ad Sexuality Binary System," Gender and Sexuality, Fall '09-'10. Instructor: Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow.
  • Honorable Mention: Kristine Juarez, "Gay On Glee."  Communications: Critical Media Analysis, Winter '09-'10. Instructor: Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow.