This award, named in honor of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), the English philosopher who wrote the classic text A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792), is given annually by the Augustana Women's and Gender Studies Program. It is designed to recognize excellence in women's and gender scholarship at the undergraduate level.

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Submissions from 2017

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Where Do Women Stand? Attitudes Towards Female Political Participation in India and the US, Grace Anne Carlson

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Being the Other Woman: Watanabe’s Unrequited Love for Naoko in Norwegian Wood, Giselle Carter

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María de Zayas and the Art of Breaking Free, Erin Cygan

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From Weak Woman to New Woman and Back: The Long Struggle to Legitimize Women Athletes in the U.S., Rashaun DeBord

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“Man, Don’t Feel Like a Woman”: Christian Scriptural Interpretations, the Binary Gender System, and How They Can Lead to Misogyny and Homophobia, Alyssa Froehling

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Reproducing the Capitalist Patriarchy in the Evangelical Christian Sexual Purity Movement: A Feminist Christian’s Concern and Hope, Hannah K. Griggs

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Salvation Through Community and Protest, Hannah K. Griggs

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What a Fat Girl Wants, Briana Lee

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The Whole World to Please, Elena Leith

Submissions from 2016

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Fictional Survivors and Real Life Survivors: Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead as a Slasher Film and Unnecessary Depictions of Sexual Violence, Alyssa Froehling

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Indian Women’s Uplift Movements and the Dangers of Cultural Imperialism, Hannah K. Griggs

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Parallels and Foils between the Men and Women in the Icelandic Family Sagas, Rebecca Knapper

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Music and the Migrant: A Transnational Account of Cumbia, Irene L. Mekus

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The Public vs. The Private, Elise "Alice" G. Roberson

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Thecla Penetrates the Popular Perception, Leah Jo M. Shelton

Submissions from 2015

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The Multiple Victims of Rape, Mourin Azar

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Visibility Feminism, Alyssa Froehling

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Motherhood in The Feast of St. Nicholas, Rukmini Girish

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The Hidden "Homo" in "Rip Van Winkle:" A Queer Theory Reading, Rebecca Knapper

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Comrades Under the Rainbow Flag: Public Expression, Regulation, and Questions Surrounding the LGBTQ Community in Contemporary Taiwan, Abby Lange

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Mayan Women’s Organized Weaving Projects in the Guatemalan Highlands: Narratives of Struggle and Resistance, Maggie Richardson

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Dear Augustana, Alice Roberson

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The Representation of Women and Gender in Warner Bros. Cartoons: A Performance of Satire, Eliza Wells

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The Rise and Fall of Female Stereotypes in Looking for Alaska, Alina Zabolotico