The Girls Debate League



New York City’s First Debate Educators Conference!

Thank you to over 50 debate educators joining us for the inaugural Debate Con! New York City's first debate educators conference! Thank you to Aubrey Semple, Militza Diaz, Meagan Kowaleski, Eric DiMichele, Andrew Dale White Geathers, and Katie Vitale for presenting.... read more

Girls Debate Tournament Results!

Congratulations to all the participants of our Spring Girls Debate Tournament! Thank you to the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute and Silberman Graduate School. Thank you to all our incredible speakers and workshops! The topic was on Title IX and the day featured... read more

Girls Debate Tournament this Friday!

On June 3rd, the NYCUDL and BALI host the Spring Girls Debate League Tournament at the Silberman Graduate School. This tournament features public forum and parliamentary debate for both middle school and high school. Also joining us for the morning panel of lawyers on... read more


If you missed our newsletter, check out these summer debate institute opportunities!  All NYCUDL debate institutes are free!  Girls Debate League members are also eligible for free summer debate scholarships at the Women's Debate Institute, Bella Azbug Leadership and... read more


GIRLS DEBATE LEAGUE SPRING TOURNAMENT RESULTS Team Awards Speaker Awards Complete Results Schematics On Monday we hosted the Spring Girls Debate League Tournament!  Over 100 debaters from across the city participated in our Spring Tournament.  The resolution was... read more
March Public Forum Debate Topics!

March Public Forum Debate Topics!

Hi Everyone! So we have a busy month of March public forum debate tournaments - every single weekend!!   Our middle school tournament will be held on March 7th, MS 297 Hawtree Creek Middle School with the Queens Debate League. And our HS Tournament is the City HS... read more


OUR MISSION The New York City Urban Debate League founded the first girls debate league in the nation. This was brought about by several of our young women debaters coming together and proposing their own topics for tournaments rather than following the traditional "national topics." The Girls Debate League is founded not simply as just a competitive debate league, but as a holistic program of debate education which offers leadership preparation, women's issues study, guest speakers, youth empowerment, advocacy training, skills, and other content area. One of its goals is to provide the one of the best educational opportunities for women of all ages. Debate tournaments and awards are not the end but the means to equip future generations with the skills to be our leaders of today and tomorrow.
TOURNAMENTS The Girls Debate Program features day long tournaments in the Fall and Spring semesters. We often host these tournaments in partnership with the Bella Azbug Leadership Institute at Hunter College. The mornings include workshops with discussions and leadership skills. The afternoons include debates. The goal is to introduce all our young women to public speaking, debate skills, techniques, as well as college, career, and leadership prep.
MONTHLY WORKSHOPS  Each month at our monthly debate tournaments, we have a break out workshop for all young women who are interested in The Girls Debate Program. The workshop features guest speakers on women’s issues, discussions, and debates among our students. There are also leadership seminars, as well as special programs like public speaking competitions, poetry competitions and writing competitions. Our participants vote for the topics of the upcoming tournaments at these meetings.
THE WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONSHIP (WTOC) The Women’s Tournament of Championship (WTOC) is the culminating event at the end of the year. This debate for all ages which is invitational on topics selected by our young women. This is a two day event, with multiple days of debate, workshops, meetings, and an opening ceremony with dinner for all participants.
THE GIRLS SUMMER DEBATE CAMP PROGRAM During the first two weeks of August we host The Girls Summer Debate Institute. This program includes morning lectures and afternoon lab sessions in small groups. Students are introduced to all the debate formats at the high school and college levels - policy debate, parliamentary debate and public forum debate. The program also includes tours and guest speakers of some of the leading women’s organizations in the city.
GIRLS DEBATE FOR ALL AGES Our debate programs are for women of all ages. We work with young women, college students, women returning to complete college, formerly incarcerated women, senior citizens - and everyone who is interested in debating and discussing current events and politics as well as just learning public speaking skills.
SPECIAL EVENTS During the year we also host special events which includes invitational tournaments, public debates, guest speakers and seminars.