Please note the Carol Adams Prize competition has been suspended for 2013 onwards.
Winner 2012: The winner of the Carol Adams Prize 2012 is Francesca Whalen from the Grammar School at Leeds. Francesca's winning essay was 'How far do you agree that the 19th Amendment wsa a false dawn for women's civil rights in America?'
2011 No prize was awarded for 2011.
Natalie Drew has won the 2010 Carol Adams' prize for Women's History for her essay 'How far would you agree that the significance of the WSPU's contribution to the achievement of women's political rights has been exaggerated?'.
The essays received were of a good quality. There was a very good well-argued essay from William Lord on the position of women in post-war America which earned second place.
Rachel Young from Portsmouth Grammar School was awarded the 2009 Carol Adams essay prize, it was announced at the WHN annual conference held in Oxford in September. Rachel's essay was titled 'What was the real role of gender in the Early Modern European witch hunts?'
In a strong year, other entries included essays on women's suffrage, women in Nazi Germany, an exploration of the Victorian notion of 'the angel in the house' and the position of women in the 1960s.
The Women’s History Network has awarded a £100 prize to Cara Brennan (pictured below), of Harrogate Grammar School, for the best essay on women’s history. The award was set up in honour of the late Carol Adams (first Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council) who helped pioneer women’s history in schools. The prize is aimed at students studying for their AS/A2 levels or their Higher Nationals.
Cara’s essay was ‘To what extent were the natures of the suffragists and the suffragettes different in the years 1903 to 1914?’ Cara studied for History, Politics and English Literature at ‘A’ level and received a Grade A in each of her subjects. She is now studying English Literature at the University of Newcastle. Cara was awarded the prize because her essay was well structured, analytic and historiographically aware. Her essay was a lucid exploration of the main differences — and some of the similarities — between the two major organizations. The judges were impressed with Cara’s knowledge of the subject and her historical flair.