The Florida Commission on the Status of Women (FCSW) honored the winners of its 6th annual Women’s History Essay Contest today during a celebration luncheon on the 22nd floor of the Florida Capitol as part of the annual LEAD Summit. In recognition of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage the middle-school participants in this year’s contest were challenged to write about “What the right to vote means to you and explain why everyone should vote in the 2020 election.”
“As we begin 2020, we hope that this contest will inspire our middle school students to learn more about the men and women who contributed to such a major turning point in our country’s history,” says FCSW Commission Chair Rita Barreto Craig. “The Florida Women’s History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s great history and learn about the importance of voting.”
“The Women’s History Essay Contest is an excellent tool that allows our children to learn about the women who shaped Florida. It also lends the learning experience of seeing themselves as leaders seeking ways to improve the lives of women today,” says Commissioner Marilyn Stout, Chair of the Essay Contest Task Force. “The students who participated in the contest did a great job of expressing the contest theme, and I congratulate them all. I also want to thank all the parents and teachers who helped the students create their entries.”
First-place winners in each grade were awarded $100 each; 2nd place $75. Each was presented a special recognition letter from Governor Ron DeSantis. Students read their essays, and their teachers were also recognized for their dedication to learning. Highlights of the event were addressed by Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee, Florida Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Deborah, Tannenbaum, and Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey.