Mary Wollstonecraft Writing Award
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:
- Short analytical essay
- Long analytical essay
- 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.
Wollstonecraft Essay Winners 2014
Long Analytical Essay:
"Queer Catholicism: A Reexamination of Ideals"
RELG 323 Sex Ethics
Prof. Daniel Morris
"The Reality of a Globalized Economy"
RELG 327 Business Ethics
Prof. Dan Lee
Short Analytical Essay
"The Neglected Heavens: Gender and the Cults of Helios and Selene in Bronze Age and Historical Greece"
Classics Senior Inquiry
Prof. Mischa Hooker
"The Global Feminist Approach to Psychoanalysis"
WGST 230 Global Issues in Women's Studies
Prof. Araceli Masterson
"To Paint a Protest"
Shakespeare to V. Wolf
Prof. Karin Youngberg
"Gendered Violence, Poverty, and Service Work"
WGST 201 Women and Change in the U.S.
Prof. Jane Simonsen
Personal/ Reflective Prose
"A Furry Tale"
Community and Faith
Prof. Jane Simonsen
"With the Beatles"
ENCW 203 Writing Creative Nonfiction
Prof. Anne Boaden