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Journal of Women's History 13.2 (2001) 153
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The Future of Women's History
Susan K. Freeman
The Journal of Women's History is proud to cosponsor the junior division women's history prize for the National History Day competition. Thousands of students in grades six through twelve presented their projects in 2000, based on the theme "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events," in regional, state, and national competitions. An annual contest, National History Day judges individual and group documentaries, exhibits, papers, or performances. Participants compete for awards in a variety of categories, including two women's history prizes.
In this section, we present an essay by junior-division prizewinners Nicole Lockhart and Jenna Pergande, from Lovett Ledger Intermediate School in Copperas Cove, Texas. Their documentary film on women during World War II, Women Who Answered the Call, received the Journal of Women's History-sponsored prize for women's history. Placing first in the senior division women's history competition, Lynette Yorgey of Washington, D.C., performed a piece on women in Afghanistan titled "School without Walls." We are happy to print a short essay on her individual per-formance as well. Thank you and best wishes to the students, teachers, and National History Day staff whose interests in women's pasts are transforming the study of history in the schools.
Susan K. Freeman is a doctoral student in history at the Ohio State University, where she is completing a dissertation on adolescent girls and sex education in the mid-twentieth-century United States.