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HeForShe Contest Deadline May 1st
HeForShe Contest Deadline May 1st
Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Time: 11:59 PM

The fourth annual SJU #HeforShe Gender Equity Essay Contest submission deadline is May 1st. The contest gives students an opportunity to share their vision as to how we can meet the goals of the #HeForShe movement. Students currently registered at St. Jerome’s University (SJU) or University of Waterloo undergraduate students enrolled in an SJU course in any year or discipline are welcome to submit essays relevant to that topic for a chance to win a First Place prize of $500 or the $250 Runner-up prize.

#HeforShe is part of an initiative launched in 2015 by UN Women to advance gender equity and women’s empowerment. St. Jerome’s University and the University of Waterloo have joined this initiative and pledged to address issues of gender equity and serve as catalysts for change. Students are encouraged to submit an academic paper written for a course that is relevant to the topic or write an independent paper on gender equity. Topics that may help guide what constitutes a relevant essay for this contest include:

  • Gender and popular culture
  • Women in STEM
  • How men and women are harmed by sexism
  • Digital inequity
  • Intersectional inequity/equity
  • What contribution can men and women make toward gender equity
  • Gender and literature
  • Historical areas and movements (e.g. early modern period, suffragettes, Black feminist movement)
  • Technofeminism or digital feminism
  • Women and work
  • Gender and language
  • Gender equity and religion

If you are unsure if the topic of your paper qualifies, please consult St. Jerome’s University’s HeforShe essay contest committee member Norm Klassen for more information.


Please review the following submission guidelines carefully before entering the contest on or before the May 1, 2019 submission deadline:

  1. Submissions may be made directly by the student essayist or, with the permission of the student, nominated by a professor or course instructor.
  2. This paper must have been written by a student currently registered at St. Jerome’s University for any SJU or UW course or by a University of Waterloo undergraduate student for an SJU course in which they are currently enrolled. “Currently registered” and “currently enrolled” mean registered and/or enrolled in Spring 2018 and/or Fall 2018 and/or Winter 2019.
  3. The student can be registered in any year or discipline.
  4. The essay topic and content must relevant to the #HeforShe goals.
  5. Students may submit only one essay for consideration in any given academic year.
  6. Papers must have been written in the Spring or Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 semesters.
  7. The student should not have graduated before September 1, 2018.
  8. Essays written for courses may be revised prior to submission.
  9. Senior’s honours essays and book reviews will not be accepted.
  10. Papers must use a recognized academic style (e.g. APA, Chicago, or MLA format) and be no more than 15 pages in length including bibliography.
  11. Papers must be submitted electronically to this address: Papers will be anonymized before being circulated to the adjudication committee.
  12. The student’s UW ID number only should appear on the front page of the essay and as a footer on each page.
  13. The student’s name, course number and professor’s name should appear only on the entry form—NOT on the essay itself.
  14. Entries failing to meet these guidelines will not be considered.

Due to the current building closures on campus resulting from the pandemic, all essay submissions must be made electronically. Electronic submissions should be emailed to as a .doc or .docx only.


All entries must be received no later than May 1st, 2019.

Register using the following entry form.

The Selection Committee reserves the right to forego the presentation of the awards if no worthy recipient is identified.

To find out more about this important initiative, please use the following links:

UN Women Press Release


University of Waterloo’s HeforShe


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