To increase your success in influencing readers, ensure your writing is:
- RELATABLE: written in a way that readers can identify with the writer, the story, or the concept presented
- ASPIRATIONAL: appeals to America’s promise of equality
- EDUCATIONAL: contains one gender equality fact that is objective and not arguable
- INCLUSIVE: readers should feel the letter is for them / impacts their life
- ACTIONABLE: ends on a hopeful/optimistic note + call to action
Bonus points for humor and/or a key quotable line that can be shared on social media!
To increase the likelihood of publication, consider writing about current events or a recent article. Also, please be sure to match the length of your communication to your audience:
- Writing Prompts: Write4Rights campaign has writing prompts here
- Work with an Editor: Send a note / copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and our writing team will be happy to help!
- Check the Length:
- Letter to editor: usually 150-400 words, check the publication for guidelines
- OpEd: usually 450-750 words, check the publication for guidelines
- Journal article: starts around 1,500 words, check the publication for guidelines
- Note to an elected official: can be as short as a sentence or two, or longer like a letter to the editor.