The Brookline Commission for Women Presents the 26th Annual Essay Contest “A Woman Who Inspires Me”

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the Brookline Commission for Women is sponsoring its 26th annual essay contest to honor the women who inspire us most.  To participate in the contest, we would like to hear about a woman who is important to you and why she is so special.  Talk with her, get to know her, learn about her life and share with us why she inspires you.  Remember, seemingly "ordinary" women have done extraordinary things!  This person can  be your doctor, babysitter, neighbor, friend, mother, teacher, etc. 

When writing your essay, please follow the rules:  
Eligible Grades: 
To be eligible, you must be in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade and live in Brookline or  attend one of the Brookline  public or private schools. 

The Essay:    
1) Your essay should be 500 words or less.
2) Your essay can be typed or hand written and should use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling. 
3) Remember to include the name of your inspiring woman in your essay.
4) Your subject must be someone you know personally and is currently living.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  Be sure to attach an entry form to your essay.  Essays can be submitted through this link or left for pick up at the main office of a Brookline Public School or mailed to the BCW c/o 350 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445. 

An awards ceremony is planned for March 29, 2018 where winning essays will be acknowledged and read out loud by the author. The women who inspired the essays, along with the authors’ families will be invited to attend.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each grade.  The Brookline Woman of the Year will also be honored at the ceremony.  The ceremony will be at 6:30pm in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Public Library. 

Please email any questions to the Brookline Commission for Women at or call 617-730-2734.

* 1. Please provide the following information:

* 2. Please provide the following information regarding the Inspiring Woman:

* 3. Please paste your essay here. Your essay should not exceed 500 words.

* 4. Please indicate your relationship to the nominated Inspiring Woman.

Thank you for your submission. The Brookline Commission for Women will be in contact if your essay is selected for recognition. Please press "Done" below to submit your essay.