Speech Trek

Speech Trek

Eleanor Stem Allen Memorial Speech Trek 

Speech Trek is a speaking contest open to all California high school students.  

Speech Trek, in its tenth year, is an AAUW California Project that begins on the branch level with a speech tournament for local students and culminates with three top statewide finalists performing their five-minute speeches at the AAUW California convention/annual meeting in April.  

 2015-2016 Contest Topic

Gender Bias and Inequality

What is gender bias and inequality? What is its impact on people? Why should organizations such as AAUW continue to work to change its practice?

Gender bias has been a part of human history around the world, and is still present in most world cultures.

AAUW has worked for 134 years to counter gender bias and inequality in America. For decades AAUW has researched and released highly respected reports, including its most recent, Solving the Equation (March 2015) on the impact of gender bias and discrimination, recommending courses of action to change practice and culture.

Recently, AAUW has joined with Pantene to empower women on 12 campuses to put these ideas into action. For more information on this coalition, go to aauw.org – “Sorry; not sorry:  AAUW and Pantene Team Up To Help College Women Shine Strong”. If you were participating in one of the campus events how would you respond to this years topic?

Branch Speech Trek Coordinators, download these files for use in producing and presenting your contest.

·        Branch Toolkit 2015-2016

·        Student Forms 2015-2016

·        Brochure 2015-2016

The complete Speech Trek policy and rules are outlined in the Speech Trek Policies and Procedures.

Make sure your members know that donations to Speech Trek are tax deductible.  Checks must be written to AAUW CA SPF, write Speech Trek in the memo line. For more information, contact AAUW CA Speech Trek Coordinator, Cathy Foxhoven speechtrek@aauw-ca.org.


Eleanor Stem-Allen Memorial

2014-2015 Speech Trek Contest Finalists

 Watch their videos HERE

Emma Harrington – 1st Place

11th grade, New Technology High School, Napa Branch of AAUW. Emma is proud to have been named student of the month at her high school. She plays on the Varsity Golf Team, and has had a role in each of New Tech’s drama productions. As a junior, she is just beginning her college search and will likely focus on communication, media and the performing arts.

Sydney Jones  - 2nd Place

10th Grade, Connections Academy, Sonora Branch of AAUW. “Sydney is active in Show Choir and school plays. She is a 4-H All-Star, who enjoys raising lambs and sewing. Next year, she will be part of her school’s Academic Decathlon team. Sydney plans to enroll in a university, hoping to teach at the college level.”

Ciera Miller – 3rd Place

12th Grade, Elk Grove High School, Sacramento Branch of AAUW. “Ciera is the Student Body President at her school. She has participated in Mock Trial for three years and this year she received the privilege of being team captain. In addition, she is the vice chair of the city of Elk Grove’s Youth Commission. Ciera plans on attending a university and major in com- munications. Her goal is to go to law school and become prosecuting attorney. “



Created: 08/10/2008 Updated: 10/26/2015