It was Valentine’s Day, and that gave a couple dozen members of the Niagara University community an excuse to share their love for writing. It was also an opportunity to celebrate the life of Susan B. Anthony, the famous women’s rights reformer after whom a writing a contest facilitated by NU’s Department of Women’s Studies is named.
Recipients of this year’s Susan B. Anthony Writing Awards were freshman Jessica Yagoda for her paper, Women Matter: The Importance of Women in Science and Engineering, and senior Marissa Felser for authoring The Origin of Turkey’s Headscarf Ban and the Implications for Women: Past and Present.
Both women received a check for $100.
The competition was open to all Niagara University undergraduate students.
Along with the award presentations and brief comments from the winners, the program also included remarks from Dr. Marilynn Fleckenstein, associate vice president for academic affairs; Sharon Green, coordinator of instructional services; and Dr. Shannon Risk, assistant professor of history, who spoke about Anthony’s immense impact on women’s rights, especially the right to vote.
When the program concluded, attendees enjoyed a slice of cake in celebration of Anthony’s birthday, Feb. 15, 1820.