Girls Debate League

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The New York City Urban Debate League created the first debate league in the nation comprised of only female-identifying debaters. The Girls Debate League was founded not simply as a competitive debate league, but also as a holistic program of debate education which offers workshops, mentorship, leadership preparation, women’s issues study, guest speakers, advocacy training, and other youth empowerment and development activities.

 

After several of our debaters noticed the substantial gender gap in competitive debate, they formed the Girls Debate League to provide additional opportunities for female debaters in a safe and supportive environment. The Girls Debate League works to directly decrease the substantial gender gap in scholastic debate at a middle school and high school level and increase the number of young women continuing to collegiate debate. Currently, the NYCUDL has more female-identifying debaters than male-identifying debaters participating in our league. The majority of our female debaters are women of color, and the Girls Debate League adopts an intersectional approach to combating bias and equipping young women for competition in all contexts.

 

Throughout the year we also partner with incredible community organizations such as the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, which offers free summer leadership programs for young women throughout the tri-state area.

 

Upcoming Girls Debate League Events

Click below to sign up for one of our upcoming workshops or tournaments. Please note that for tournaments, you will need to create a Tabroom.com account to register. You can contact us at info@debate.nyc for any help with registration or the visit Tabroom.com Help link by clicking here.

 

2018-2019 Season

 

October 21st (Sunday) - NYCUDL-Westfield Girls Debate Round Robin Invitational. Click here to apply! 

 

October 27th (Saturday) - NYCUDL Girls Debate League Invitational Tournament and Workshop. Click here to sign up!

 

December 19th  - Michelle Obama's "Becoming Michelle" Special Invitation for High School Female Debaters. 

 

January (Saturday) - NYCUDL Girls Debate League Winter Invitational Tournament & Workshop

 

March  (Friday) - NYCUDL-BALI Girls Debate League Women's History Month Debates (TBA)

 

June - NYCUDL-Morgan Lewis Girls Debate League Law Mentorship Night (TBA)

 

July - NYCUDL-BALI Summer Debate Institute for Girls 

Previous Girls Debate League Events

2017-2018 Season

 

September 16th (Saturday) - Girls Debate League Workshop #1. Learn more and view photos!

 

October 19th (Thursday) - Girls Debate League Leadership and Planning Committee #1

 

November 4th (Saturday) - Girls Debate League Workshop #2. Learn more and view photos!

 

December 21st (Thursday) - Girls Debate League Leadership and Planning Committee #2

 

January 27th (Saturday) - NYCUDL Girls Debate League Invitational Tournament. Tabmore information, and photos.

 

February 16th (Friday) - Girls Debate League Workshop #3

 

March 23rd (Friday) - NYCUDL-BALI Girls Debate League Women's History Month Debates. Tab and more information

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May 12th (Saturday) - Girls Debate League Workshop #4

 

June 12th (Tuesday) - NYCUDL-Morgan Lewis Girls Debate League Law Mentorship Night

 

July - NYCUDL-BALI Summer Debate Institute for Girls