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We the Students Essay Contest

2021 Essay Prompt

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What is the relationship between Equality and Justice?

Answering this question requires considering each of these principles and analyzing the relationship between them. To truly explore this question in an essay that is between 500 -800 words, you’ll need to go beyond "dictionary definitions," and express your understanding and reasoning about the connection between these two principles.  This reasoning involves a combination of observation, experience, and some pretty "big ideas." What does it take to understand them?  To build toward and maintain them? To see them with regard to each other? Why is this relationship important? We encourage you to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples, and well-researched facts into what you write. A good essay will demonstrate how equality and justice are not just abstract ideas but are part of the actions and choices of people every day. We genuinely want to know how you would answer the question – what is the relationship between Equality and Justice?

The winners of this year’s contest will receive:

1st Place – $7,500

Runners Up – 5 prizes at $1,500 each

Honorable Mentions – 10 prizes at $500 each

Essay Writing Guidance:

Note: Ideal We the Students responses…

While you are writing:

After you write, ask yourself:

1. Have I answered all aspects of the question?

2. Is my essay well-written?

3. Is my writing correct?

Other ideas:

Try reading your essay aloud to a family member. Does it sound like it flows easily? Can your audience member summarize your essay back to you in one or two sentences? (If they can’t, try going back and clarifying your ideas.)

Try putting your essay down for a day or two and coming back to it and re-reading it. Do you notice anything you’d like to change or add?