Join Womens Activism With The Story Of The Women Who Inspire You Writing Contest

Who are the women who inspire you? Public figures, historic changemakers or perhaps women you know personally and admire.  Our communities are home to countless inspirational women – friends and neighbors, teachers, and community leaders – yet their stories are seldom told.  Now, you’re invited to enter the WomensActivism.NYC Story Writing Contest for a chance to win prizes of $500, $350, and $150 by sharing the important role these women played in your life, your community or the world. 

WomensActivism.NYC is a project spearheaded by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States.  The stories collected for the contest will be preserved by the Municipal Archives to inspire future generations.  The goal is to collect 20,000 stories honoring women across the globe by the close of 2020. 

This is your opportunity to help write the women who inspire you into history.



The contest is sponsored by the New York Archival Society, which acts as a fiscal agent, advocate, and promoter of the City’s archives and library.  Story submissions will be accepted from July 15 – August 15, 2020. Winners will be announced by August 25, 2020. For contest rules and guidelines visit  NYArchivalSociety.

On August 26, 2020, the centennial of women’s suffrage in the U.S., DORIS will mark the occasion by lighting up the New York City skyline in purple and holding a virtual write-in event. For more information, please email: womensactivism@records.nyc.gov.

The NYC Municipal Archives preserves and provides access to the historical records of the government of the City of New York. It is one of the largest repositories of historical government records in North America. Collection highlights include 9 million historical vital records, more than 2 million still images and thousands of hours of film and video footage, 400 years of legislative and mayoral documents, and the most comprehensive collection of records pertaining to the administration of criminal justice in the English-speaking world.

Documentation of the city’s infrastructure include the exquisitely detailed drawings of the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park, two of the greatest public works achievements of the 19th century. The Archives online gallery provides research access to over 1.7 million items digitized from the vast holdings. Access the gallery here.

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