GSAL International Women’s Day Essay Competition 2022

In anticipation of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March, this exciting competition was open to all students in Year 7-9. The purpose of the competition was to encourage students to undertake independent research, think critically and communicate clearly about a pioneering or trailblazing woman from the past.

The challenge was to write a 150-250 word essay on one female trailblazer or change-maker from the past, outlining their accomplishments and explaining why they are seen to be significant. Shortlisted essays were then read and reviewed anonymously by the school Principal, with winners identified in each of the three year groups. You can read the winning entries by following the hyperlinked names of the trailblazing women that the entrants chose to write about, below. CPD – Staff Editor

Year Group Winners

Eloise (Year 7) – Coco Chanel

Hattie (Year 8) – Harriet Tubman

Sarika (Year 9) – Florence Nightingale

Highly Commended

Dorothy (Year 7) – Frida Kahlo

Samran (Year 7) – Marie Curie

Diva (Year 8) – Rosa Parks

Zachary (Year 8) – Nefertiti

Theo (Year 9) – Mala Yousafzai

Additional Entries

Two entries were received from particularly proactive students in Year 10, but they are ineligible for a prize given it was a Y7-9 competition!

Onella (Year 10) – Hypatia: Alexandria’s Educator

Tatiana (Year 10) – Maryam Mirzakhani

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