Every year, throughout Ontario, Grade 8 Girls are invited to participate with their local MPP’s in the Girls’ Government program. It’s 2017 and we are celebrating both Canada 150| Ontario 150 with the 100th Anniversary of women beginning to get the vote in Ontario. It’s time to hear from our girls as our next generation women leaders. Gender Equity is one of the Top 5 United Nation women empowerment goals. What would gender equity feel and look like for the future of Ontario girls?
THE ESSAY TOPIC
WHAT DO GRADE 8 GIRLS IN 2017 THINK THE EVOLUTION OF THE PROMISE OF CONFEDERATION MIGHT LOOK AND FEEL LIKE IN 2042 -- JUST 25 YEARS FROM NOW -- AND WHAT IMPACT COULD GENDER EQUITY HAVE ON THE LIVES OF GIRLS IN 2042?
Essay Length: 500 words double-spaced
Eligibility: The Competition is only open to grade 8 FEMALE students who are legal residents of Canada; attending an Ontario elementary school and have their parent’s permission to participate. Entries MUST be the original work of and written solely by the entrant.Format: The Essay must be double-spaced, numbered and type-written.
Deadlines:The Descendants of Mothers of Confederation Essay Competition will be officially launched on April 12, 2017. Deadline for submissions is May 24, 2017 in honour of May 24, 1918 when the Act to Confer the Electoral Franchise upon Women passed in Canada and came into force and effect on January 1, 1919.
Judging: The Essays will be judged on the following criteria:How well the Essay addresses the question or topic;How well the Essay is organized;The use of personal and non-personal examples to illustrate their point of view; and,Writing accuracy (spelling, grammar and punctuation).There will be a prize for first, second and third place.