Top 15 Essays: 2014

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The Winners!

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of Country to Canberra’s essay competition for 2014! Congratulations to Libby O’Brien, Hannah Worsley and Vesna Clark who took out the competition and won a power trip to Canberra.

Read the Essays

The top 15 essays are published below. Click on the links to read the young women’s perspectives on gender equality. The essays tell diverse stories from a cross-section of rural Australian communities, discussing issues such as:

  • Sexism at school,
  • Females entering male-dominated industries,
  • Country sport, and
  • The media’s impact on self-confidence.

*Please note, the essays contain the opinions of the authors only. Country to Canberra does not endorse the views of these essays. Rather, this is a platform for young women to express their thoughts and observations. 

Winner 2014

Vesna Clark, NSW

Click here to read the essay by Vesna, one of Country to Canberra's inaugural essay competition winners.

Winner 2014

Libby O'Brien, QLD

Click here to read the essay by Libby, one of Country to Canberra's inaugural essay competition winners.

Winner 2014

Hannah Worsley, NSW

Click here to read the essay by Hannah, one of Country to Canberra's inaugural essay competition winners.

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Vanessa Sporne, NSW

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Emily Hobart, WA

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Mikayla Gash, VIC

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Kaitlin Loft, VIC

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Megan Kelly, SA

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Elizabth Ross, NSW

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Melissa Brown, QLD

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Melanie Brash, NSW

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McKenzie Barnes, VIC

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Charlie Beaty, SA

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Kathleen Lambert, VIC

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Ella Graham, SA

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Country to Canberra made high-level edits to some of the essays as per standard publication procedures. This included fixing spelling and grammar errors.

We received a high number of fantastic entries in our inaugural year, making it incredibly difficult to select winners. Thank you to all the girls who entered in 2014, and stay tuned for more exciting opportunities #GirlsLead