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 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.

“When [RBG] 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,” says Emily Sack, RWU Law Professor and adviser of the school’s Women’s Law Society. “…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 15 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 emailing the submission to RBGessay@rwu.edu, the title of the essays and artworks should be on the top of the first page, and artworks should be scanned or photographed. Include the student’s name, grade and school, title of the essay or artwork, along with a parent or guardian’s name and contact information in the email. 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 February, 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. Make sure to scan or photograph the artwork prior to emailing the submission. The winning prize is $75 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 $100 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 $150 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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