Our Hall of Fame aims to celebrate the success of female presenting/ identifying or non binary debaters in the community.
This is important as this is an activity where according to
” Student-led research of 50 debate tournaments nationwide, including local fixed-round and national circuit elimination competitions, … half of all elimination tournaments, … [had] all boys in finals. What’s worse, there was no single tournament with more than one girl in finals, even though 42 percent of the participants identified as female on average. The staggering numbers, uncovered by student researcher Julia Lynn and Ohio’s Laurel School director of speech and debate Rich Kawolics, appeared in a spring 2018 issue of Rostrum, a publication of the National Speech and Debate Association” (Read more here).
We hope that by celebrating the success of female presenting/identifying and non binary folks, we celebrate those that succeeded despite the odds and send the message to younger girls and gender minorities in the community that success is possible for you too.
We also will move our Hall of Fame to have a submission based aspect of it, as we think individual success in this activity is just as important as the number of wins in elimination rounds in the activity. Gave your first amazing summary? Finally dominated a crossfire against a rude opponent? Won your first break round? Broke for the first time/ had your first winning record? These individual successes matter too and we hope that you will share them with us.
Our Hall of Shame frankly is a project not meant to shame, we like the name because it rhymes with the Hall of Fame
(Note: we are looking for a new name, please send us a suggestion if you have one!). This project is meant to represent the impact of sexist comments and experiences in the Debate space. We believe compiling these comments will help legitimize the anecdotal stories about female experiences in the debate space, as the Hall of Shame shows that these stories happen to other women and gender minorities too.
“The Hall of Shame is the reason why I realized the experiences that I had in this activity mattered. It finally felt like my experiences weren’t just a me thing, I wasn’t an exception to the patriarchy” — BR Staff member.
Note: we understand the oftentimes, the experience of women/ gender minorities in the debate space are hard to isolate with just our identity. An experience with a rude judge, opponent, or teammate does not necessarily mean that it was the result of sexism– however we do believe that women/ gender minorities tend to experience these comments with higher frequency. For this reason, we won’t censor any comments that don’t necessarily indicate that their experiences were necessarily solely because of sexism– part of the struggle is never knowing and doubting our experiences because implicit biases within others are not something that we can identify.
Our Hall of Appreciation is straightforward: it is a place to appreciate the good in this activity.
Like the Hall of Shame, the Hall of Appreciation is a submission based page where you submit your experiences and stories that made an impact on you regarding sexism in debate.
We have dedicated a page for appreciating female/ gender minority role models in the community. In a world where coaches and captains are overwhelmingly male, celebrating the impact of role models and mentorship is important.
We have also dedicated a page for Male Allies in this activity. Ever wondered what you can do as a male ally? Maybe reading about other acts of being an ally can help. Appreciating male allies are important because they can be the reason why our voices can be heard when they are actively being muffled.
Lastly, we have a “general” page for comments that don’t fit into either category.
Overall– we encourage appreciating the good in this community, and the changes that we have seen. They matter just as much as the bad in this activity– probably even more.