Girls Debate League


The New York City Urban Debate League founded the first girls debate league in the nation. This was brought about by several of our debaters coming together to provide additional opportunities for female debaters as well as challenge stereotypes and sexism in the traditional debate community. Historically, there is a substantial gender gap in scholastic debate which increases in high school and higher education to the point that the vast majority of college student debaters are male. Girls Debate is founded to change that. The result is that in the New York City Urban Debate League there are more females than males participating in debate. 


The Girls Debate League is founded not simply as just a competitive debate league, but as a holistic program of debate education which offers workshops, meetings, mentors, leadership preparation, women’s issues study, guest speakers, youth empowerment, advocacy training, skills, and other content area. We also partner with incredible community organizations such as the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute which offers one of the most powerful summer leadership and debate programs for youth.


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.


Sign Up for Upcoming Girls Debate League Tournaments and Workshops

Click below to sign up for one of our upcoming girls debate workshops or tournaments. *Note - for tournaments, you will need to create a account to register for all tournaments. For workshops, it is a basic Eventbrite registration form. You can contact us at for any help with registration or also visit Help link by clicking here. 

Sign Up for Girls Debate Leadership Council Meetings

The Girls Debate Leadership Council for both adults and youths meet every other month to help plan workshops, tournaments and other programming to support Girls Debate. We also partner with the NYC Mayor's Office in the development of a Girls Youth Leadership Council which also has additional opportunities. For adults -  join us in planning and designing workshops that will impact the lives of our girl debaters. Your skills and knowledge as a coach, debater, mother, alumni, lawyer, or volunteer can make a difference!

Archive of Girls Debate League Workshops

Click below to view our agendas of previous girls debate league workshops and tournaments.