Network of enlightened Women and the Washington Examiner Partner to Empower Young Female Writers

CONTACT: Kathryn Alford, Communications Manager
Andie Gage, Marketing Associate

April 19, 2021


WASHINGTON, DC — Last year marked several historic moments for women, including a record number of women elected to Congress, the election of our first female Vice President, and the fifth woman to ever be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

To celebrate these achievements for women, the Network of enlightened Women, known as NeW, and the Washington Examiner are pleased to announce they are partnering to host the 2021 NeW Essay Contest. This contest, giving women the chance to reflect on the future of American women in this country, will run from April 19 to May 2. Women can submit an essay here.

This scholarship contest is open to all female high school seniors and college students in the United States. Participants will be invited to respond to the following prompt in 600-750 words for the chance to win a $500 scholarship and the opportunity to be published:

Last year was a historic year for women in America, with a record number of women elected to Congress, the election of our first female Vice President, and the fifth woman to ever be confirmed to the Supreme Court. These women represent a diversity of views and don’t all agree on issues. But they all blazed new trails for women. What do their achievements mean for the future of women in America? How does having women with different views and from different backgrounds benefit America? What issue(s) do you think all women should come together on to advance women? How can we encourage other countries around the world to support women in positions of power?

“The NeW Essay Contest gives women the opportunity to reflect on and write about the accomplishments women are making each day in our country and around the world. It is important that young women celebrate and recognize the incredible history happening in front of them. NeW continues to educate, equip, and empower young women through programs like the NeW Essay Contest,” said Karin Lips, President of NeW.

“The Washington Examiner is excited to be a partner to this important project. We’re grateful to be able to extend our support to young women as they look towards forging their futures and a better American future. Get writing!” shared Hugo Gurdon, editor in chief of the Washington Examiner.

The winning essays from the 2020 NeW Essay Contest were featured in the Washington Examiner on Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2020. Read the winning high school essay and winning college essay.

For more information about the 2021 NeW Essay Contest, visit the NeW website or contact Andie Gage at


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