by Hailey Smith
The Greenspring Review held a digital book giveaway contest through their Instagram. This was an interactive way for its followers to engage in Women’s History Month by commenting under their posts a female figure who has impacted them and then tagging another friend to do the same. They also had to be following the GSR page in order to enter the contest and await the winner. The winner was decided on March 28, so congratulations Jasmine Benning! She had a choice of three books: I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, and Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. The winner picked the V.E. Schwab’s novel.
This giveaway started on March 22nd through the 26th. Followers successfully posted numerous comments of female figures including mothers and grandmothers. One response by @abbyybruce said “one female that has impacted me is also my mom! Growing up, she worked a full time job while also raising us and going back to school.” Most commenters would then tag a friend to share their story of an important female in their life. On the second day of the giveaway, GSR posted, asking followers “what words of female power inspire you.” Some examples of women included RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Morgan Harper Nichols, Audre Lorde, Taharah Mafi, and more. One quote commented by @m.g.sauer says, ““More than she was known for her accomplishments, she was known for the way she was loved.” – Morgan Harper Nichols”. Then, they tagged a friend to keep the line of inspiring quotes rolling.
This highlighted the significance of community within the Greenspring Review by interacting with its followers to appreciate female figures and their role models. Reading these comments made me want to search up some of these women. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to ever have the honor of being a justice on the nation’s highest court. She served for 27 years and was an advocate for women’s rights. Sadly, she passed from cancer at the age of 87 this past year. She was also the first female professor at Columbia Law School and founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. This contest made me realize all of the significant women in my life and people in history including my mother, grandmother, RBG, and even myself. Overall, this was a great way for students and other followers to appreciate one another’s female role models in life.