Rhode Island Students in Grades K-12 Can Enter the RBG Essay Contest

The Roger Williams University School of Law (RWU Law) is hosting a contest in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at RWU Law in 2018. Photo by James Jones/RWU Law.

The late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer for women’s rights and gender equality. The Roger Williams University School of Law (RWU Law) is hosting a second annual contest in honor of the feminist icon, where students all over Rhode Island from kindergarten to twelfth grade can submit an essay or drawing explaining how RBG and her many accomplishments inspired them.

“Justice Ginsburg cared about equality for all people,” says RWU Law Professor Emily Sack, who advises the school’s Women’s Law Society. “When she started her fight for women’s equality under the law, it seemed like an impossible task, but she worked hard and persisted, and made great strides for the things she believed in.

“She also knew that this is not something she could accomplish alone, and that we all have a part to play in making a better world,” Sack says. “She famously said, ‘Fight for things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.’ At RWU Law, we thought this essay contest would be a wonderful way for all of us, and especially our state’s students, to be inspired by Justice Ginsburg’s life and her call to action.”

The deadline to enter the contest is January 20, 2022 at 5 p.m. Not only will the winning entries appear in the Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly newspaper; they’ll also receive cash and book awards and be featured on the RWU Law website. While children of current employees or students of RWU and RWU Law cannot participate, children of the school’s alumni can.

When submitting the entry using the form here, the student’s name, and title of the essay or artwork should be included, as well as grade and school, along with a parent or guardian’s name and contact information. Artworks can be scanned or photographed. JPGs are preferred.

Members of RWU Law’s Women’s Law Society will be judging the submissions, which will be reviewed by grade level. One winning submission will be chosen from each category and will be announced during the annual Women in Law Leadership Lecture taking place in spring 2022. All winning submissions will also be featured on the RWU Law website. Winning submissions will need to present a W-9 to claim their prizes. Winners consent to submit a quality photograph of themselves to be used in print and social media. , as well as on the Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly newspaper and RWU Law website. For any questions or more information, email RBGessay@rwu.edu.

● For elementary school students (grades K-five), make an original piece of art based on the theme “How has RBG inspired me?” Use an eight-and-a-half-by-eleven-sized paper and materials you have available at home like pencils, crayons, markers and/or watercolor, with the title or short description at the top of the artwork. Artwork submissions may be photographed or scanned and then emailed. JPEG format preferred. The winning prize is $100 and a copy of the book I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy.

● For middle school students (grades six-eight), write an original one-page essay on the theme, “How has RBG inspired me?” Essay should be double-spaced with about 250 words. The prize is $175 and a copy of the book Notorious RBG Young Readers’ Edition: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.

● For high school students (grades nine-twelve), write an original one- to two-page essay on the theme, “How has RBG inspired me?” Essay should also be double-spaced and about 500 words. The prize is $225 and a copy of the book Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.

“If you want to be a true professional, do something outside yourself.” -Ruth Bader Ginsberg, March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020.

 

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