Organizations that Support Women Outside of Parliamentary Formats


Girls Who Debate specializes in parliamentary formats, including World Schools Debate, Open Parliamentary, and HSPDP. However, many of our subscribers want to find resources for women in other formats. This article details other organizations that uplift women in the remaining formats of debate.


Girls Who Debate aims to help women in parliamentary formats: World Schools Debate, Open Parliamentary, and HSPDP. For those of you who do not participate in this format, we want to share a few resources you can use to support your own work.


1. Women's Debate Institute

The Women's Debate Institute is a program that offers classes and opportunities for women involved in debate generally. If you are interested in engaging in such programs to boost your knowledge, the Women's Debate Institute is a great resource.


The following is their mission statement:

"Our mission is to advocate for and facilitate a more gender-inclusive environment that advances educational and professional opportunities for marginalized gender identities. We continue to fulfill this mission with our constant expansion of programming and resources. Please check out annual reports to find out more!"


To learn more about the Women's Debate Institute, visit their site here.


2. Girls Debate

Girls Debate is a club run by the Harvard Westlake Debate team. The site offers cards and information for women in Policy, Lincoln Douglas, and Public Forum debate.


The following is their mission statement:

"We are the girls of the Harvard-Westlake Debate Team. We started GirlsDebate to provide resources, share support, and talk about issues that face women and other marginalized communities in debate. We will post card files, explanatory articles about commonly read positions, opinion pieces and advice, scholarly articles, and some light-hearted posts. We also hope to meet everyone who visits page; look for us at tournaments! If you're interested in contributing, please contact us."


To learn more about Girls Debate, visit their site here.


3. Debate NYC - Girls Debate

Girls Debate is a part of the New York City Urban Debate League. This organization holds round robin tournaments and workshops for women interested in learning about debate.


The following is their mission statement:

"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."


To learn more about Girls Debate NYC, visit their site here.