Women’s issues paper assignment
Research and make an argument about an issue of relevance to African women:
Your paper should be analytical in nature. Take a stand and make a clear argument about your topic. Take advantage of my offer to discuss theses/arguments early in the process – better to hear, “This argument is no good,” when you’re just getting started than to read it on your paper next to a grade.
You may wish to focus on a prominent African woman. Here are some suggestions:
- Helen Suzman
- Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
- Wangari Maathai
- Winnie Mandela
- Nadine Gordimer
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali
You may wish to focus instead or as well on a major issue. Here are some suggestions:
- The education gender gap
- Family structure and roles – e.g. polygamy
- Women’s role in the HIV/AIDS epidemic
- Sexual rights and freedom
- Female genital mutilation
- Body image as it relates to a broader issue
- Female political leadership
I MUST approve your topic, even if you select one of these.
- Your proposed topic and tentative argument are due on Thursday, April 2.
- A draft or significant outline is due on Tuesday, April 8 – write over the weekend.
- The paper is due on Friday, April 11.
- Late papers lose a letter grade a day. Turn in your paper on time. Never turn in nothing.
- Write on a topic that I approve.
- Make a formal, structured, and concise argument.
- Write at least 5 pages.
- You may double-space.
- Include citations and a bibliography in MLA style.
- Use 12-pt Times New Roman as your font.
- Use the standard Word margins (left & right: 1-inch, top & bottom: 1.25-inch).
- Proofread your paper for errors.
- Don’t cheat, plagiarize, or commit multiple submission.