Young feminist praised for mature writing

Amelia Hale
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A teenage feminist has been named as one of the top 10 young writers in the country in a literary competition.

Amelia Hale impressed judges of the National Literacy Trust’s ‘Your World, Your Words’ competition with her mature approach to writing at just 15 years old.

The pupil, from St Aidan’s CE Technology College, Preesall, submitted an entry to the contest, which called on students to write about something they feel passionate about, on why she is a feminist.

She wrote: “I am a feminist because if you do something ‘like a girl’ it is seen as a bad thing.

“I ama feminist because I believe woman should not be objectified.

“I am a feminist because of the amount of rape jokes I hear.

“I am a feminist because the biggest threat to men is still heart disease, but the biggest threat to women is still men.

“I am a feminist. And I believe that you should be too.”

Judges praised Amelia for her “her provoking and well-researched essay” as she was awarded with the opportunity to do a writing workshop led by journalists Judy Yorke, Nick Bentley, and Catherine O’Dolan.

She said: “In the session with the journalists we learnt about what makes a good story, particularly what makes a great introduction to a piece. It was really interesting to learn from working journalists.”