Women’s History Month

We invite you to commemorate Women’s History Month at your school or in your classroom with our literature collection and special poster series featuring speech and debate coaches and alumni.

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Poster Series

Click each image below to view individual posters, or download the complete set.
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Women's History Month Poster Series
"IN A WORLD THAT TEACHES BLACK WOMEN THAT WE ARE LESS THAN, SPEECH AND DEBATE TAUGHT ME THAT I CAN BE EVERYTHING AND SO MUCH MORE." - Andrea Ambam

Andrea Ambam

"DEBATE CHANGED MY LIFE BY TEACHING ME TO BE A CRITICAL THINKER, AND I TAKE THAT WITH ME IN EVERYTHING I DO." - Yvanna Cancela

Yvanna Cancela

"SPEECH AND DEBATE EMPOWERS ME TO ADVOCATE FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN ORDER TO MAKE THE WORLD KINDER, BRIGHTER, AND MORE LOVING." - Joanna Bai

Joanna Bai

"DEBATE TAUGHT ME HOW TO THINK ON MY FEET, HOW TO ORGANIZE MY IDEAS, AND HOW TO BE ACCEPTING OF ALL PEOPLE AND POSITIONS." - Rachel D'Onofrio

Rachel D’Onofrio

"SPEECH AND DEBATE BROADENED MY PERSPECTIVE OF THE WORLD AROUND ME AND DEEPENED MY UNDERSTANDING OF MYSELF AND MY ABILITIES." - Courtney Janine Brunson

Courtney Janine Brunson

"I BELIEVE THAT ONE MUST BE A GOOD LISTENER AND THEN A DECISIVE EFFECTOR OF POLICY." - Carmendale Fernandes

Carmendale Fernandes

"AS LATINOS LIVING IN THIS COUNTRY, THERE IS A LIFELONG FEELING OF ‘I DON’T BELONG HERE.’ SPEECH AND DEBATE GAVE ME THE COURAGE TO GET UP ON STAGE AND SAY, ‘ACTUALLY, WE DO.’" - Marianna Garcia

Marianna Garcia

"JOINING THE SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM IN HIGH SCHOOL PROVIDED ME A COMMUNITY WILLING TO OVERLOOK MY DIFFERENCES AND ALLOWED ME TO GROW INTELLECTUALLY BY USING MY VOICE. AS A COACH, I HOPE TO PROVIDE MY STUDENTS WITH THE SAME WELCOMING COMMUNITY AND A PLATFORM ON WHICH THEY CAN EFFECT CHANGE THROUGH COMMUNICATION." - Meg Howell-Haymaker
Meg Howell-Haymaker
"SPEECH WAS A CONSTANT REMINDER THAT I AM NOT HERE TO SPEAK FOR MYSELF, BUT FOR EVERYONE IN MY COMMUNITY WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD." - Lily Indie

Lily Indie

"SPEECH AND DEBATE IGNITED MY PASSION TO TRANSFORM THE WORLD AROUND ME. BY RECOGNIZING THE POWER OF MY WORDS, I HAVE GAINED THE COURAGE TO BOTH SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER AND REINVIGORATE MY COMMUNITY." - Korey T, Johnson, Esq.

Korey T. Johnson, Esq.

"DEBATE CHALLENGED ME TO NOT JUST ACKNOWLEDGE PARTS OF MY GENDER AND SEXUALITY I HAD SUPPRESSED, BUT AFFIRMATIVELY EXPLORE WHAT MY IDENTITY AS A QUEER BLACK WOMAN WAS." - Brooke Kimbrough

Brooke Kimbrough

"MY FRIENDS AND COACHES IN SPEECH AND DEBATE ENABLED ME TO EMBRACE MY TRANS IDENTITY AND HELPED ME FIND MY VOICE. NOW, I WORK TO EMPOWER AND LISTEN TO OTHERS WHOSE VOICES NEED TO BE HEARD." - Jessica Kurr

Jessica Kurr

"DARTMOUTH DEBATE COACH KEN STRANGE TAUGHT ME TO THINK WITH INTELLECTUAL RIGOR. WITH IT, I FOUND EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS; RECOGNIZED THE NEED TO TRANSITION TO PRESENT AUTHENTICALLY; AND DISCOVERED HAPPINESS AND PRIDE." - Grace Mead

Grace Mead

"I WOULDN’T BE THE PERSON I AM TODAY WITHOUT THE SKILLS I ACQUIRED FROM DEBATE." - Kristen Pride

Kristen Pride

"I’VE LEARNED THAT YOU CAN BE AT THE TOP OF YOUR FIELD, WHETHER THAT BE SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, OR LAW, BUT IF YOU CANNOT COMMUNICATE THAT KNOWLEDGE, IF YOU CANNOT SHARE THAT EXPERTISE, IT DOESN’T MATTER." - Gina Sanchez

Gina Sanchez

"FORENSICS CLUB WAS GOOD TRAINING FOR A LAWYER IN WAYS THAT I BARELY UNDERSTOOD AT THE TIME. YOU NOT ONLY HAD TO SEE BOTH SIDES; YOU HAD TO PREPARE AS IF YOU WERE ARGUING BOTH IN ORDER TO ANTICIPATE YOUR OPPONENT’S MOVES." - Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

"I STARTED THE DEBATE TEAM AT MY HIGH SCHOOL AND IT IS THE SINGLE BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE! SPEECH AND DEBATE TAUGHT ME HOW TO USE MY VOICE AND INSPIRED ME TO PURSUE A CAREER IN PUBLIC POLICY" - Victoria Suarez-Palomo

Victoria Suarez-Palomo

"DEBATE GAVE ME A VOICE AT A TIME IN MY LIFE WHEN I FELT LIKE NOBODY WAS LISTENING. NOW I USE THAT VOICE TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF OTHERS." - Sarah Carthen Watson

Sarah Carthen Watson

"FORENSICS GIVES YOU A SENSE OF CONFIDENCE IN SPEAKING IN FRONT OF PEOPLE, A SENSE OF PRESENCE, AND A SENSE OF PRIDE. IT’S ABOUT THE POWER OF WORDS TO INFLUENCE IDEAS, TO UNCOVER A HIGHER TRUTH, TO CHANGE MINDS, AND FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, EVEN TO CHANGE LIVES." - Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

"SPEECH AND DEBATE IS A LIFE SKILL, NOT JUST A SPEECH SKILL. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM CHANGES LIVES FOREVER THROUGH WALKING IN THE SHOES OF GIANTS." - Jacci Young

Jacci Young

NSDA Poster Template

You can make your own posters featuring current students, coaches, or alumni from your program! Download the template below and follow the instructions to start creating.

This resource is provided under the framework of our Honor Society. We ask that you please feature individuals who live by our Code of Honor.

Literature Collection

Women's History Month Literature Collection
We invite you to explore our literature collection featuring stories and recommended texts for historical context.

Educational Resources

Women's History Month Literature Collection

Thank you for celebrating the month! This month and every month, we invite you to incorporate issues important to women into your speech and debate activities. Explore our Extemp questions, Impromptu questions, and Congress legislation focused on these important issues. Women’s History Month Congressional Debate legislation is also featured on our topics page for March 2020.

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