To stimulate support for the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment, the Student Council of the National Woman’s Party held an Equal Rights Essay Contest. Novelist and short story writer Fannie Hurst was one of the judges of the entries. If you were asked to judge an essay contest, what would you look for in a winning essay? Create a checklist that judges in an essay contest could use in evaluating the submissions. As you write the checklist, think about the characteristics of effective writing.
Next, write a persuasive essay that could have been submitted in the national contest in 1932. Use the checklist to ensure that your essay is of high quality. Trade essays with a classmate and use the checklist to evaluate the essay.