Susan B. Anthony Writing Award

Open to any Niagara University undergraduate who writes a critical paper about women’s issues.

Two Awards Will Be Given

  • One to a first-year student
  • One to a sophomore, junior, or senior


  • Length for first-year students: 4-15 pages.
  • For sophomores, juniors and seniors: 6-15 pages.
  • A condensed version of an honors thesis chapter is acceptable.

Submissions Will Be Evaluated on These Criteria

  • Paper must exhibit sensitivity to women’s issues.
  • Paper must have been written for an undergraduate course at Niagara University within the last three semesters.
  • First-year students: Paper must exhibit high-quality research and appropriate documentation; or must closely examine a primary text about women or women's issues; or must critically examine a woman's issue.
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors: Paper must exhibit high-quality research and include appropriate documentation.
  • Paper must exhibit high-quality writing and include a clear thesis.
  • Paper must be of interest to a general audience.
  • Resubmitted papers will not be accepted unless substantially revised.
  • Only one submission per student is allowed.
  • Submit four paper copies, double-sided.
  • Do not put any identifying information on your paper. When you submit your copies, you will complete a cover sheet with identifying information.

The winners will receive a monetary award at the annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, from 6-7:30 p.m. in VIN 407.

Thank you to the College of Arts and Sciences for funding this award.

Previous Winners of the Susan B. Anthony Writing Award


Winning Paper

2018 Erika Ruggieri "Equal Pay, Any Day"
2018 Marissa Seib "The Madness Behind the Bly-lines"
2017 Sara Anderson "Diversification of the Literary Canon"


Sara Anderson

"Jane Eyre: Feminist of the Victorian Era"


Emily Bork

"Hunger as a Dual Entity in Carmen Laforet's novel, Nada: A Literary Case Study of Franco's Post-Civil War Spain"

Merve Oduncu "Two Different Judiths: A Comparison of Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentilischi's Depictions"
2014 Sarah Page "Under the British Raj: Women and Gender in British India"
2013 Jessica Yagoda "Women Matter: The Importance of Women in Science and Engineering"
Marissa Felser "The Origin of Turkey's Headscarf Ban and the Implications for Women: Past and Present"
2012 Amy Young "Media's Construction of the 'Perfect' Body: Taking a Closer Look at Weight Loss Supplements"
Kelsey McGinty "The Woman Caught in Adultery: The Story of Forgiveness, A Closer Look at John 7:53-8:12"
2011 Elizabeth Trzaska "The Perception of Women in the Workplace"
2011 Kaitlin Harvey "C'est un Monde de Femmes: Simone de Beauvoir's Unique Approach to Resisting a Patriarchal Society"
2010 Sebastian Galbo "'A Landscape of Imperfections': Sylvia Plath's Quest for Dismantling and Reconstructing Natural Landscapes in Patriarchal Literary Traditions"
2010 Colline Landry "When Is It Enough? How Media's Portrayal of Women Is Affecting Women in Real Life"
2009 Daphne Wyse "I'll Cut Off My Hair and March Off to War"
2009 Sarah Chaudhry "Rape Culture" (Honorable Mention)
2009 Lauren Ceier "The Woman Behind the Mask: Living in a TIme In Which She Had No Voice" (Honorable Mention)
2008 Sarah Traphagen "'The Walls of Her Forsaken Home Seemed to Encircle Her': Dorcas Bourne's Domestication of the Foreign in Hawthorne's 'Roger Malvin's Burial'"
2007 Kelly Jabar “Women’s Rights in the Middle East: Islam vs. Culture”
2006 Betty Andropolis “From Interdependence to ‘Female Parasitism’: The Evolution of Marriage, Motherhood and Women’s Loss of Identity due to the Rise of the ‘Sexuo-Economic Relationship’ ”
2006 Meghan Anson “‘Cruel-hungry’: Appetite in Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgensons”
2005 Nola Cornett-Heidrich “Gender Perceptions and Battered Women Who Kill: It Matters Who the Jurors Are”
2005 Kristen Wagner “Manipulating the Account of Hannah Dustan”
2004 Katie Young “Female Genital Mutilation: An Increasingly Global Concern”
2003 Michelle A. Cooke “The Conditioning of Children to Fit Stereotypical Gender Roles”
2002 Patricia Alaimo “Words, Memory and a Young Mind: In Tina DeRosa’s Paper Fish”