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  • 2020 Girl Power Contest Winners

    Elementary School First Place: Gena Hyson, Age 10

    The Barriers Women of the world today hold the titles of doctors, scientists, authors, engineers, politicians, business owners, educators and the list continues. However, women are still restricted from the things they are told not to do. I know, I know, they have the right to vote, and the right to be what they dream of, these accomplishments weren’t easy to overcome but barriers still stand in the way of our hopes and dreams. It’s hard to admit that there are indeed still some barriers that women face everyday. “What are these so called barriers,” some may be thinking? Ever heard of the book, A Wrinkle In Time? First, they thought the author, Madeleine L’Engle was crazy to put a girl as the main character in a science fiction novel! Publishers rejected her writing time and time again but L’Engle persisted on her idea and guess what? Her book became a New York Times best- seller! Some thought that would never occur during her publishing era. Guess they were wrong huh? Another barrier is that women still have a lack of power, due to others little belief in their leadership capabilities. These roles can range from government positions to becoming the principal for a school. Furthermore, traditional patriarchy is another barrier. Men or the father of the house make all of the rules and decisions. Sounds unfair that this barrier still stands? We must show a cultural mindset, an awareness of cultural differences, that men aren’t always above women in everything. I’m not saying that all men think that today, but some of them do. We should shift our thinking to the next time a woman runs for president or even wants to run a business; support her and encourage her efforts. Whether it takes a whole community, or just one social media share. In addition, ending occupational segregation must be a priority for a new cultural mindset. Why are we still asking, “Oh, she’s going to be a police officer? Should we even hire a woman?” Social framework is another one. Let me give you some examples. -“We need someone who is going to be tough.” -“We didn’t think you would want that much responsibility.” -“But you're so good at taking notes.” -“I need you to plan the office birthday parties.”

  • Elementary School Honorable Mention Sabrina Williams, Age 7 Video

  • Middle School First Place Winner: Bella Berrellez, Age 12 “Cages” By: Bella Berrellez I feel like a caged bird unable to fly free Trapped by those who won’t let me breath Those who won’t let me just be Those who try and change me And won’t let me fly free These people tell me I can’t wear certain things Or look a certain way Just because some people can’t act the right way I shouldn’t have to change me Just so these people will leave me be These boys should know we’re not toys They should know how to behave And not to make too much noise They should know they can’t touch us like that Or call us those names. I shouldn’t have to be caged just so these people get their way I shouldn’t have to change how I look so their not shook I want to be free I want to be me I can break these chains that hold me tight The ones that won’t let me take flight I can do this by telling people it’s not right By spreading the word and gaining the might To battle through this fight So other girls like me could one day fly free And won’t be stuck in these cages and chains And won’t be held to unfair expectations we’ll be ourselves and won’t be held in our cages Instead be soaring through the sky exceeding the expectations

  • Middle School Honorable Mention: Ayza Siddigi, Age 12 https://youtu.be/My66Rp3W-IU Honorable Mention: Evyia Makrodimitri, Age 12

  • High School First Place: Consuela Watts, Age 16 The Challenges We Face And What We Can Do To Replace Tarana Burke. Malala Yousafzai. Serena Williams. Rihanna. Susan B. Anthony. Harriet Tubman. Sojourner Truth. Mary Edwards Walker. Marie Curie. Sarah Breedlove. Margaret Sanger. Amelia Airheart. Rosa Parks. Shirley Chisholm. Mae Jemison. You may wonder… what did these women do ? They are all women But what do I have to lose Are they in juxtaposition And why should I listen? Well really… I can’t promise, To be honest They have anything in common, Different races, Ages, Creeds, Faces, All scrambled, But beneath that You must see Every genuine act of greatness Helped us get where we are today It paved the way for our access In so many fields Schooling, business, politics, rights, philanthropy, No one else would. So they took the wheel, Even when things got hard No rewards or meals They kept on pushing And Eventually sealed the deal So you probably think “great” “Works done now” “So I’ll sit on my high horse, And my throne, With a crown” Listen… we are still underpaid, molested, and abused Often taken out of a position because they feel we are confused

  • Still lacking representation, and used as sexual props in media Even though a lot of us are walking encyclopedias Still not good enough to be the president Let alone be a resident of an apartment Sex trafficking is high and we are the main department, Unfortunately. So girl, You can't think like that The work is not done And even when we are finished And the war is won We must continue fighting And standing tall because Nothing good ever happened, to a soul who did nothing at all So I’ll take one from the greats and apply it to this And I want you to hear it , So listen closely sis’. Ask not what your sisters can do for you , But what you can do for your sisters. We all work together. We’ll be equal to the misters. One day. Honorable Mention: Tariana Tucker Prove Myself Born As A Female I was born to prove myself As a male, I’m already halfway there As A Little Girl I’m seen as cute and adorable But never a leader of my country My friend, he’s already the next president But I have to prove myself As A Teenage Girl I’m being influenced while choosing my path Girls want to be artist, designers, and teachers While I want to be CEO of my company But they ask, “Don’t you want to do what you're best at?” Why can’t my best get me on top? As A Young Lady I’ve chosen to be a lawyer Sitting in a class with only men Sitting here trying to prove myself Prove Myself?

  • To Who? Who’s watching my every move that I have to prove myself? I was put in a mindset To Prove Myself From the time I was shown what boys do and what girls do To prove that I could do the same Prove Myself? To Whom? To the little girl who wanted to be a astronaut To the teenage girl who wanted to be president and see her country succeed To Me The one who wanted to see limits broken Prove to Myself that I can do it Honorable Mention: Yoksha Muruganantham We all are human: We all may not be women But we all are human And we make mistakes The greatest one being What we’re overlooking Women have no place It wasn’t till 1920 On that August 18th When finally we made progression We were denied our vote But we all spoke So came the 19th Amendment Men and Women are far more equal Than their past, ever so evil But things STILL need to change Yes we have jobs, can vote, and are educated Yet in society, we are still understated We can’t even get equal pay Women are less represented Everywhere, but I don’t understand it We can do what they can We are talented, dedicated, hard working Then why aren’t things changing? Time to take a stand

  • Who said we’re inferior? Who said they’re superior? Enough is enough We may be unique, but we’re not different Humans are humans We need to come together, we’re never giving up We’ve been given the power to feel Right from wrong, we can see So let’s show those who cannot Using our strength, our voice We all, together, have a choice Let’s clear up this blind spot A rally, a gathering, marching down the street Holding our souls, and what we believe Every person counts, no one who tries is a fool Cause we may be not all be women But we all are human Let’s try to change the rules Honorable Mention: Lara Ojha Her baby lies motionless under fluorescent blue light. Runnels mark the passage of sorrow over her tired cheeks. The pantomime of beeps and whistles from respirators echo in the eerily quiet room; tubes come in and out of him as he sleeps, all too peacefully. This premature, his respiratory organs are not developed. She will have to stay in the hospital with him for months. Long, strenuous months filled with the emotional turmoil of fear on top of the intensely meaningful beginning of motherhood. A period of time for which she will not be paid. On her third birthday, her aunt gave her the Tintin comic set - 24 tales of a journalist traveling the world, fighting bad guys, and uncovering societal truths. Detailed drawings of great ships, Arabian streets, and monolithic mountains encouraged her to learn to read. It was like taking a sledgehammer to a brick wall, showing her that if Tintin could traverse the world, she could do it twice as well. Little girls would look up to her. Her pride in leading her high school newspaper, her thrill to be at her dream college, all shadowed in this darkened room. She competed f