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Concerned Women to Biden Administration: Stop the Assault on Women’s Rights; Protect Title IX

By | Erasing Women, News and Events, Social / Cultural Issues, Women's Sports | No Comments

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing the Department of Education’s (ED) plans to unilaterally amend Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.) to follow along with the Biden Administration’s radical push for an elevation of the concerns of men who identify as women, over those of women in all areas of federal law. It will effectively be the destruction of Title IX.

 

President Joe Biden has ignored the concerns of millions of women as he moved swiftly on an Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation, and another one on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, including Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Women lose under the proposed extreme implementations of these orders, and that is why Concerned Women for America (CWA) is standing in strong opposition.

 

Recently, CWA’s Doreen Denny, one of the nation’s leading experts on the protection of women’s rights against the gender identity push that seeks to erase women’s unique makeup as women, Annabelle Rutledge, National Director of CWA’s Young Women for America program, and Mario Diaz, CWA’s General Counsel met with high-level officials from OMB and ED to express the concerns of the hundreds of thousands of concerned women members from around the country.

 

Denny’s statement set the tone for CWA’s clear stance for women and scientific truth in policymaking. She said in part:

 

Forcing a new interpretation of sex under Title IX is a direct threat to every woman and girl in America. What this proposed rule does in practice is nothing less than erase our status and protections as females. There is an inherent conflict in these policies already playing out across the country today:  female students are being assaulted in school restrooms; female athletes are losing their rightful opportunities in WOMEN’s sports. Have you quantified those costs?

 

Let’s be clear: “gender identity” does not equal sex. Therefore, it should not be used to undermine Title IX protections for women. “On the basis of sex” as stated in Title IX, should be based solely on the immutable genetic fact of being male or female – not on gender perceptions.

 

A person’s subjective claim to being the opposite sex does not, and will never, make that person the opposite sex. Gender dysphoria is a real condition, and its treatment deserves compassion – but the answer is not to affirm a lie and require everyone else to comply.

 

Biology is not bigotry. As women, we expect that the sex discrimination protections of Title IX passed into law 50 years ago will continue to protect our safety, privacy, and opportunities based on our objective female status – as intended.   Whatever objective you have for “inclusion” must not be accomplished on the backs of women and girls.    

 

Ms. Rutledge followed up with a passionate plea representing the young female athletes who feel entirely ignored and under threat because of these ill-conceived, radical policies. Her statement said in part:

 

Young Women for America is made up of these brave women in high school, college, and young professionals. Each group is directly impacted by a refusal to uphold Title IX.

 

Our Young Women for America leaders have stepped up to the plate to do their part to protect women’s sports and are begging that you respect reality and basic biology by rejecting any proposed rule which would include gender identity. Gender identity is not sex.

 

We are in an unfortunate situation when high school and college-age females are having to uphold reality while government entities seem bent on undermining Title IX at every turn. Our leaders have asked for excused absences, covered their work shifts, and taken tests early so they can show up and fight for their rights by testifying in committee hearings and press conferences. They understand it is not just their rights, but the rights of all women who are coming behind us.

 

You may not be hearing these tragic stories – but sadly I  hear them too often.

 

You can check out some of the testimonies below:

 

 

Finally, CWA’s General Counsel spoke about the illegality of trying to amend the clear text and protections under Title IX’s legal classification of “sex” by unilaterally changing the meaning to include “gender identity.” Diaz cautioned of the unintended consequences for women and of clear Supreme Court precedent that has ruled against such manipulation of federal law through administrative rules and procedures.

 

The Biden Administration officials were respectful and welcoming of CWA’s comments and expertise in this area. We can only pray that they actually take our counsel and slow down the left’s radical push in this area so that they may stop trampling on hard-fought, historical women’s rights victories in pursuit of a counterfeit diversity policy.

South Carolina Makes it “Sweet 16” States With Laws that Protect Female Athletes

By | News and Events, Press Releases, South Carolina, Women's Sports | No Comments

For Immediate Release
May 17, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

 

CWA state leaders and activists continue work to pass these laws

 

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Save Women’s Sports Act (H4608) into law that bans biological boys identifying as girls from participating in girls’ sports at the K-12 and college levels. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Carolina has been working closely with the governor and the state legislature to move forward with legislation that protects female athletes and champions their accomplishments.

 

“Concerned Women for America of South Carolina applauds the House and Senate members who worked so diligently to get this important piece of legislation passed,” said CWA of South Carolina State Director Madison Rainey. “We also thank Gov. McMaster for signing the bill into law. Now girls and women in South Carolina will have an equal playing field in their sport of choice.”

 

CWA’s Young Women for America leader, Emily Cope, a Chapter President at Clemson University said, “Thank you, South Carolina Legislature, for fighting for female athletes and Gov. McMaster signing ‘The Save Women’s Sports Act’ into law. This bill will protect athletic integrity for women and girls across South Carolina and protect opportunities for college scholarships for years to come.”

 

In March, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV against the University of Pennsylvania for its discrimination against women by allowing Lia Thomas, a male swimmer, to compete on its swimming team.  This follows two other complaints filed by CWA.

 

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary, at 571-420-2488 or [email protected].

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

 

Nance Joins OAN’s Stephanie Hamill

By | News and Events, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, joined OAN’s In Focus with Stephanie Hammill to discuss the possible end of Roe.

 

Watch the full interview below. 

 

CWA Calls on Roberts to Release Dobbs Decision in Light of Leaks & Intimidation Tactics

By | News and Events, Press Releases, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

 

Washington, D.C.— Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say about the leaked drafts of the United States Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

 

“The betrayal of trust we have witnessed today at the United States Supreme Court by what is reportedly the malicious leak of a private draft of the Court’s Dobbs opinion is outrageous.  

 

“This appears to be another attempt by the left to intimidate the justices to uphold a law that is clearly unconstitutional. On the contrary, these tactics should only embolden the Court to stand firm on law and principle. Chief Justice John Roberts must take charge of his court and issue this decision as soon as possible, sending a clear message that the Court will never be intimidated.

 

“The hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America  remain prayerful and cautiously optimistic as we work to provide loving alternatives to the violent ending of a human life through abortion.”

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Concerned Women Applaud RSC for Supporting Legislation to Protect Female Athletes

By | News and Events, Press Releases, Women's Sports | No Comments

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary   
[email protected] 
571-420-2488

Washington, D.C. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee  (CWALAC) applauds the clear statement by the Republican Study Committee (RSC) that Title IX must protect women and girl athletes on the basis of biological sex not gender self-identification. Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC, said:

“After 50 years of progress for women and girls, Congress must step in and save Title IX from doom. What’s happening in women’s sports today under the NCAA and Biden Administration defies science and common sense and is an affront to every female athlete in America. This radical agenda to obliterate the enduring differences between the sexes is draconian and erases women’s inherent dignity and status under the law. 

“We have seen firsthand the NCAA’s indefensible and wrongheaded policy allowing biological men to compete in women’s sports and win national titles.  Not to be outdone, the Biden Administration is weaponizing the administrative state to expand Title IX’s definition of sex to include gender identity. This must stop.  Every educational institution has an obligation to provide equal opportunities and benefits on the basis of sex, male and female, otherwise, it stands in violation of Title IX. 

“No school should be able to force female athletes to compete against biological males identifying as girls or displace female athletes from sports designated for women and girls. That’s why CWA has filed civil rights complaints against several of these institutions—including the University of Pennsylvania—and has endorsed efforts by Congress urging the NCAA and the Biden Administration to stand down from undermining women’s sports.

“This issue is nonpartisan. Our daughters deserve better. We thank the RSC for its plan to file a discharge petition and urge the House to act swiftly to pass the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

Nance in Christian Post: Flying the Flag of Our Faith

By | News and Events, Special Feature | No Comments

Nance’s latest Op-ed in the Christian Post encourages Christians to take part in “Faith Month,” Concerned Women for America‘s initiative for people of faith to display the Christian flag. 

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus encouraged His followers to “[L]et your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” By making our faith known to others, and flying the flag of our faith, we are committed to following those words.

Read the latest from Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America‘s CEO and President, here.

Kentucky Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto

By | Kentucky, News and Events, Press Releases, Women's Sports | No Comments

For Immediate Release
April 13, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

Kentucky Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto
Fairness in Women’s Sports Act Now Law

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Kentucky Legislature overrode Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (SB 83). This bill bans biological boys identifying as girls from participating in girls’ sports at the K-12 and college levels. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kentucky applauds the Kentucky Legislature representing the voice of the people for showing Gov. Beshear his failure to protect female athletes from discrimination. His veto was an insult to every Kentucky girl working to excel in her sport.

“It is a momentous day in Kentucky. We are proud of our courageous Kentucky House and Senate members for standing with female athletes in the Commonwealth,” said CWA of Kentucky State Director Jennifer Pendleton. “As the mother of a female athlete, I celebrate this decision as a personal victory. This is great news for Kentucky!”

CWA’s own Young Women for America leader, Halli Gravelly, a Kentucky high school swimmer, gave powerful testimony before the legislature about why this law is needed after witnessing the impact of misguided policies that are destroying the hopes and dreams of young female athletes today. Halli had this to say about the veto override: “I am excited to hear that the Kentucky State Legislature to override the Governor’s veto today. As an athlete, I am excited and thankful for this new step towards fairness in women’s sports.” 

In March, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV against the University of Pennsylvania for its discrimination against women.  

CWALAC is leading the charge to save women’s sports.

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary, at 571-420-2488 or [email protected].

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to the Supreme Court

By | News and Events, Press Releases, SCOTUS | No Comments

For Immediate Release

April 7, 2022

Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary

[email protected]

571-420-2488

Washington, D.C. — Moments ago, the United States Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by a vote of 53-47. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), said:

“The hundreds of thousands of women I represent are disappointed in the outcome of this nomination. At every turn during the confirmation process, Judge Jackson demonstrated an unwillingness to be truthful about women and the law. How can we trust a judge to protect women’s rights, when she can’t define the word ‘woman’?

“Judge Jackson also refused to be forthright about her judicial philosophy—perhaps the most important criteria for us as we look at the qualifications for a Supreme Court Justice.

“Despite multiple opportunities to justify her consistent under-sentencing of criminals in child pornography cases, Judge Jackson failed to give a satisfactory rationale that explained her sentencing choices. And with Democrats refusing to release the full records of her time at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the American people are left with more questions than answers. No nominee should be approved with such a troubling record.

“Inexplicably, and most frustrating of all, the Senate did not utilize the full time available for debate to discuss the negative consequences of this nomination. There is just no excuse for that.

“Having said that, we are thankful for the Senators who stood strong and voted against the nominee and intend to make sure that our supporters are fully aware of their senators’ performance on this crucial nomination.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

Senators Disappoint Millions of Women by Voting to Confirm KBJ

By | News and Events, Press Releases, SCOTUS | No Comments

For media inquiries, contact:  
Katie Everett
(571) 420-2488
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) denounces the actions of Sens. Collins (R-Maine), Murkowski (R- Alaska), and Romney (R-Utah):  “Concerned women across the country want to know how you can stand up and defend the truth about women by supporting  Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is not willing to be truthful about women and the law. This is a matter of judicial philosophy. Faced with the Biden agenda and a Democrat party that rejects our status, women today are looking for champions. You have disappointed millions of American women.”

Faith Month Initiative Launched in the Nation’s Capital

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For Immediate Release
April 5, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
571-420-2488

Sen. Hyde-Smith and Rep. Miller Submit Proclamation into the Record

Washington, D.C. –  Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) launched a nationwide initiative to declare April as “Faith Month” and an opportunity to honor the religious heritage of millions of Americans. Joining in this effort are Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) and Rep. Mary Miller (R-Illinois), who entered a proclamation into the official congressional record (here and here) to declare April as “Faith Month.” Rep. Miller also gave a floor speech in support of CWALAC’s initiative.

More than 70% of Americans consider themselves religiously affiliated, according to Pew Research, and the overwhelming majority are of the Christian faith. Many months are set aside to honor the heritage and important contributions of other groups. With so many Americans identified as religious, setting aside a month to honor them is an important movement. 

Along with calling on lawmakers at the federal and state level to recognize April as Faith Month, CWALAC is encouraging all Americans of faith across the country to fly or display the Christian flag during the month.

“We are proud of our faith, of our Judeo-Christian heritage, and are calling on Americans to show their support,” said Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America.  “April is the month when millions will be celebrating the holiest time of the year through Holy Week, Easter, and Passover, and it is an opportune time to show how important our faith is to our daily lives.

“We especially thank Sen. Hyde-Smith and Rep. Miller for being the first to stand with us!”

Numerous groups are recognized for a month to celebrate their heritage. For instance, June is designated Gay Pride Month, which results in the rainbow flag being flown in many places, including over U.S. embassies and on our government buildings.

The country’s founding documents and laws are based on moral principles that came from the Bible. All U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Joe Biden, have acknowledged America’s faith and our many blessings from God.

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus encouraged his followers to “[L]et your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  By making our faith known to others, flying the flag of our faith, we are committed to following those words. 

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Concerned Women for America is the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

OUT NOW: What Is a Woman? Unpacking the SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings With Sen. Marsha Blackburn

By | Feminist / Women's Issues, Judicial Nominations, News and Events | No Comments

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) joins Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America to discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Ketanji Brown Jackson and her inability to define “woman.”

Listen to the podcast below.

Check out more Concerned Women Today podcasts here.