Are Beauty Pageants for Women Empowering?

The media and it’s portrayal of women has left a lot to be desired, according to some. There has been a lot of debate about how much of a woman’s self esteem is based on unrealistic beauty standards. Beauty pageants have been a source of contention, with one side claiming it’s empowering for women and the other saying it’s merely stoking the flames of sexism.

Level: Intermediate: B1/B2
Running Time: 90 minutes +

Materials included

This free lesson plan is suitable for adults, teenagers, and General English classes. Each plan includes:

  • A debate motion
  • A summary of the controversy
  • Points for both Pros and Cons
  • Language to use in a debate
  • Debate role cards to help identify student groups
  • An article
  • Statistics (true or false exercise)
  • Vocab for the topic


For more information on how to use this in the classroom, please have a look at our detailed post on using free lesson plans.

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