The Alice Paul
Feminist Jurisprudence Essay Contest


Sponsored by the Women and the Law and Legal Rhetoric Programs of

American University, Washington College of Law

- The purpose of this competition is to inspire the next generation of scholars, lawyers and activists to make daring and creative contributions to feminist jurisprudence.


Feminist Jurisprudence Essay Contest Named in Honor of Alice Paul

Washington College of Law has a long tradition of supporting feminist legal scholarship. To honor this tradition, our Feminist Jurisprudence Essay Contest has been named in honor of Alice Paul, a Washington College of Law alumna. Alice Paul, class of 1922, authored the original Equal Rights Amendment (while studying at WCL) and founded the National Women's Party. Paul played a pivotal role in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. She wrote the equal rights amendment in the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations in 1923 and pushed for the inclusion of "sex" in the 1964 Civil Rights Act - still the only Federal protection women have against discrimination in the workplace. She presented this at the 75th anniversary of the Seneca Falls meeting. We hope to inspire the next generation of scholars, lawyers and activists to make daring and creative contributions to feminist jurisprudence.