Princess Enheduanna was the world's first recorded author, and a woman of color. In 2300 BC, Princess Enheduanna was proclaimed High Priestess of Ur in front of an awe-struck crowd of Sumerians, breaking the chains of a male-dominated Ancient Mesopotamia. When she recorded her name to her hymn, “Lament to the Spirit of War,” she engraved herself in history as the world's first author.
Princess Enheduanna inspired ColoredVoices to search for voices and fresh perspectives from marginalized groups that often go unnoticed. Enheduanna's story inspired us to publish the voices of youth and of minorities who's opinions on public policy are not given enough importance. In honor of Enheduanna, ColoredVoices awards the Enheduanna Diamond Award to each issue's top essay submission, and the Gold and Silver Awards to the second and third place winners.