THE RISK OF GENDER-BIASED DECISIONS: WEIGHING THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF PARENT JUDGES IN PUBLIC FORUM DEBATES BY OLIVIA MCCAULEY

We, girls, do not succeed in debate at the same rate as their male counterparts. In Public Forum, female entries constitute roughly 42% of participants (Rostrum, 32). Given near-equal participation, female debaters should be represented at similar rates on the mainstage and in elimination-rounds, across time. But this is empirically disproven. At local tournaments featuring…

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BDE BY DORI SCHURR

Having energy in a round can be difficult as a female.  No, not because typically the D in BDE is something some women don’t have…Because big debate energy requires much more confidence in every step, every move, every word, and women in debate can sometimes lack that essential confidence.   Since my start as a…

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