West Hartford Legislative Delegation Recognizes Winners of Women’s History Month Essay Contest – We-Ha

West Hartford State Representatives Jillian Gilchrest, Tammy Exum and Kate Farrar presented the winners of the Women’s History Month essay contest with quotes and prizes during Monday’s Rotary Club Meet.


On Monday, April 18, State Representatives Jillian Gilchrest (D-West Hartford), Tammy Exum (D-West Hartford, Avon, Farmington) and Kate Farrar (D-West Hartford), members of the first all-female delegation from West Hartford in the State House of Representatives, recognized the winners of the Women’s History Month Essay Contest from the delegation at the Pond House Café in Elizabeth Park in West Hartford.

Annie Lopez-Lopez won from Conard High School and Amithi Nair won from Hall High School. The delegation presented the winners with citations as well as $500 each from an anonymous donor.

The competition was open to students from Hall High School and Conard High School. Participating students responded to one of two essay prompts:

  • Who is the most influential woman in your life today and why?
  • Who is your favorite woman in history and why?

The delegation received over 30 essays and selected a winner from each school.

Lopez-Lopez’s essay focused on her experiences as a first-generation Hispanic woman and the lessons she learned about independence, perseverance and how she can create change through life. education.

Nair wrote about Juana Inés de la Crus, a 17th-century Mexican writer, philosopher, poet and composer whose legacy remains important today.

“I am so grateful to the students who entered our Women’s History Month Essay Contest to reflect on the courage of women throughout history and to celebrate how their contributions have helped pave the way for generations. future. It’s wonderful to hear about the women who inspire our youth to break through barriers,” said Gilchrest.

“Congratulations to everyone who submitted entries. It was inspiring to read about the many women who have impacted so many of our young women’s lives,” Exum said. “Congratulations to the winners, Annie and Amithi. “There were over 30 entries and theirs came out on top. I want to thank them and all the participants for their contribution to recognizing and celebrating women.”

“Women’s History Month offers us the opportunity to recognize and reflect on the contributions of women — especially women of color — and to build a more inclusive perspective on our shared history,” Farrar said. “It was inspiring to read all of the submissions and learn more about the women who are influencing our young leaders.”

Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture and society. It has been observed in the United States every year during the month of March since 1987.

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