This award is named in honor of Audre Lorde (1934-1992), a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet." The prize is given annually by the Augustana Women's and Gender Studies Program, and is designed to recognize excellence in women's and gender scholarship at the undergraduate level. This award was previously known as the Mary Wollstonecraft Writing Award.

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Submissions from 2022

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Coming Out as a Queer Latinx, Giselle Barajas

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At the Dinner Table, Briana L. Kunstman

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Flippin' Medicine: Reflection and Action in Medical Education, Alison Lawrence

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Coming Out Culture and LGBTQ+ Teachers, Maddie Schaefer

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She Ain't Sorry, Gavinya Wijesekera

Submissions from 2021

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Zeroed Out, Moreen Akomea-Ampeh

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Asexual Protagonists: What Their Patterns Reveal About the Representation of Asexuality in Current Literature, Jaclyn Hernandez

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Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere: Why Mass Incarceration is a Feminist Issue, Too, Vanessa Iroegbulem

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ABVD., Briana L. Kunstman

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My Intangible Orb of Dreams: An ADHD Introspection, Audre Lewis

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Treatise, Scripture, Manifesto: Reckoning With "Love Cake", Lalini Shanela Ranaraja

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Why the Binary?: Cisnormativity in Athletics, Iliana Smiser

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"Queer Even in Safe Spaces: Homeless, Shelter Failures, and the Queer Community", Kara West

Submissions from 2020

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Masked Marginalization, Moreen Akomea-Ampeh

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The Morphology of Sex: Tracking Change in the Sex Discourse at Augustana College, Robert E. Burke

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The Bloody Truth, Elizabeth Fulkerson

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Embracing écriture inclusive Students Respond to Gender Inclusivity in the French Language Classroom, Rebecca Lynn Garbe

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Not Queer Enough: How Current Medical School Curriculum is Failing the LGBT+ Community, Vanessa C. Iroegbulem

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I'm So Lucky to Know You, Melody Konrad

Submissions from 2019

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Disrupting the Androcentric Prison System, Amber Hanke

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Homeland, Reimagined in The Woman Warrior, Tran Le

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Give Name to the Nameless So It Can Be Thought, Lalini Shanela Ranaraja

Submissions from 2018

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Female Underrepresentation in STEM, Erin Cygan

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The Power of Queer Representation in the Media, Jack Harris

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A Transformative Tragedy, Cassandra Karn

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Gender and Sexuality Portfolio Post One: An Introduction to the Special Interest Topic of Motherhood, Valeria Denise Melo

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