AAUW 2018 Speech Trek California State Finals

judged at finals
difficult to choose winner
all spoke very well


Caroline Irving, Redlands Branch Winner

Rohan Sharma, Roseville -South Placer Branch Winner

Chloe Johnson, Stockton Branch Winner

How would you have voted?


Speech Trek: 2017-2018 Contest Topic

AUGUST 17, 2017


Actress Emma Watson created the HeForShe campaign, which states in part:

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive.  Both men and women should feel free to be strong…it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals.  If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are–we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about.  It’s about freedom.”

According to Britannica.com, sexism is defined as prejudice or discrimination based on sex or gender, especially against women and girls. Although its origin is unclear, the term sexism emerged from the so-called “second-wave” feminism of the 1960s through the ’80s and was most likely modeled on the civil rights movement’s term racism (prejudice or discrimination based on race). Sexism can be a belief that one sex is superior to or more valuable than another sex. It imposes limits on what men and boys can and should do and what women and girls can and should do. The concept of sexism was originally formulated to raise consciousness about the oppression of girls and women, although by the early 21st century it had sometimes been expanded to include the oppression of any sex, including men and boys, intersexual people, and transgender people.”

How can we stand up to sexism?  What can individuals and organizations such as AAUW do to break down stereotypes and biases in school, at work, in the military, and in our communities?

Speech Trek is a speaking contest open to all California high school students, whether from public, private, home or continuation high schools.  Students who were among the top three finalists in the State Contest may not compete again.