Traditionally, women have not been encouraged to communicate rhetorically and to use the public sphere in order to affect a large number of people, and events around them. The program enables Barnard students to practice public speaking in a peer environment and to use opportunities like the Cicero Speech Contest to speak up about issues that matter to them and the larger community. It also helps these young women transform themselves, other women, and the world at large. This contest brings Barnard’s best public speakers together for a lively competition in two categories: persuasive advocacy speech and impromptu speech. Come to be persuaded, to be entertained, and to meet promising young voices as they debate the topics that matter most.