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Nance to NEWSMAX: The End of Roe Is Near

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

Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, joined NEWSMAX to discuss the recent SCOTUS leak and the possibility of the end of Roe.

 

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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
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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
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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

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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

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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

By | News and Events, Religious Liberty | No Comments

For Immediate Release
April 5, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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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.

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Nance in Newsweek: What Does ‘Woman’ Mean?

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

Nance’s latest op-ed comes in response to Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s inability to even define “woman” in her confirmation hearings last week. Her insistence that, because she was not a biologist, she was incapable of distinguishing between a male and a female makes one wonder how Judge Jackson will be able to make rulings about the hundreds of laws that acknowledge the differences between male and female—and specifically those meant to protect women.

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

Nance: We Oppose Ketanji Brown Jackson After She is Unable to Define a Woman

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For Immediate Release
March 23, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
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Washington, D.C.— Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the country’s largest public policy organization for women, is asking Senators to oppose the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court after the nominee refused to define what a woman is in a troubling exchange with Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee). Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC, had this to say:

“How can we trust a justice to protect women’s rights when she denies the unique dignity of women? According to Judge Brown Jackson, one must be a biologist in order to do that. I’m sorry, but that doesn’t pass the straight-face test.

“The sort of discrimination women are facing right now— with males displacing females from meaningful competition in direct violation of federal law, when the safety concerns of women in prisons and women’s domestic violence shelters are being ignored, when the sexual exploitation of women continues to expand, and so many other issues— demands judges who take women seriously. Judge Brown Jackson showed a complete lack of wisdom and discernment and instead an embrace of gender theory politics when she chose to deny obvious biological differences between men and women.  Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s question was very simple and deserved a direct answer.  The idea of entrusting someone who has trouble identifying women with a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land is ludicrous.  This issue should be nonpartisan. 

“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record on abortion, in which she claimed to not know when life begins, while she advocates for groups that promote the termination of early life was troubling already. Another red flag was her refusal to own up to her judicial philosophy, and completely unsatisfactory explanation to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) of her record on child pornography cases.   Her lack of clarity on the nature of victimhood, confusing child pornography with the real victims, the children being exploited, is the last straw.

“We gave Judge Brown Jackson a fair hearing, but we cannot in good conscience remain silent. We call on all Senators to oppose this nomination. They should call on President Joe Biden to withdraw Ketanji Brown Jackson and select another nominee. He considered multiple women for this important position; let him pick a woman who at least knows how to define ‘woman.’”

 

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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

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CWA Files Civil Rights Complaint Against UPenn

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

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

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against UPenn

Allows male to compete on women’s swim team

Washington, D.C. – Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) filed a formal Civil Rights Complaint under Title IX with the U.S. Department of Education against the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) for refusing to protect the rights of college female athletes under federal law.

UPenn continues to allow male athletes who identify as women to compete in women’s sports. Lia Thomas (formerly Will Thomas), a Division I swimmer who is biologically male but rostered as a senior on UPenn’s women’s team, has competed throughout the season displacing female teammates in events and shattering pool, league, and national records.

Thomas is anatomically and biologically a male with physical capacities that are different from anatomically and biologically female athletes, which extends an unfair advantage and strips female student-athletes of opportunities afforded to them by law. The complaint also cites reports that Thomas’ own teammates have complained about UPenn allowing a hostile environment to fester in its locker room which has put them in apprehension.

Title IX requires equal educational benefits and opportunities for students, including in athletics, on the basis of sex. The federal law extends to any school receiving federal financial assistance, including public K-12 schools and almost every college and university in America. Thomas was also allowed to compete in the Ivy League Championships as a member of UPenn women’s swimming team and is currently competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, in direct violation of that law.

“The future of women’s sports is at risk and the equal rights of female athletes are being infringed,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America. “We filed a formal civil rights complaint against UPenn in response to this injustice.

“Any school that defies federal civil rights law by denying women equal opportunities in athletic programs, forcing women to compete against athletes who are biologically male must be held accountable.”

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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

Nance: Biden’s Priorities are Out of Step with Reality

By | CEO, News and Events, Press Releases, Sexual Exploitation | No Comments

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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Biden’s Priorities are Out of Step with Reality

Policies Aimed at Protecting Women Fail

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, President Joe Biden signed into law the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022, legislation passed by Congress as part of a massive government spending package.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Concerned Women for America (CWA)’s grassroots supporters across the country, opposes this effort to update VAWA because it fails women. For over 40 years, CWALAC has championed the privacy and safety rights of women, supporting causes for justice and assistance to victims of sexual exploitation and domestic violence. This VAWA renewal focuses on all the wrong priorities, such as:

  • erasing in several instances the word “women,”
  • prioritizing funding for unspecified groups of people who self-identify with a particular “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,”
  • sex education recommendations for schools,
  • funding that leaves an open door to abortion giant Planned Parenthood, a VAWA grant recipient, and
  • millions of dollars in a set-aside for special services for so-called “LGBT” communities and exactly $0 in set-asides for women survivors in rural communities.

VAWA was originally enacted as a government and community response to violent crimes against women. Special interests have since hijacked the program. Current VAWA programs are so extreme that they would require a service provider to ignore a survivor if she speaks up about feeling unsafe residing with a man who identifies as a woman. Since at least 2013, updates to VAWA have undermined the program’s critical mission and shamefully politicize care and recovery for survivors. Women are once again left to hold the bag.

“The deceptive name of this bill fails to identify it’s real effect – the dramatic advancement of gender ideology in federal law, including for the first-time millions in special set-asides for LGBT+ programs in addition to the millions already given to this identity group,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC

“The President’s comments today were stuck in the past and missed the mark on what this law will truly mean for women. I will continue to work on behalf of our more than 500,000 members to keep this Administration accountable for protecting women when it takes action that does the exact opposite.”

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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: Joe Biden’s Commitment to Diversity Just a Virtue Signal

By | CEO, Judicial Nominations, Legal, News and Events, SCOTUS, Vacancy | No Comments

President Joe Biden has announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and has received widespread acclaim and praise for nominating the first African-American woman to the nation’s highest court. Few have mentioned that in 2005, then-Senator Joe Biden almost single-handedly destroyed the career and reputation of an accomplished, brilliant jurist who also happened to be an African-American woman.

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

Congress Puts LGBTQ Agenda Ahead of Women

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, the Senate passed the massive omnibus government funding bill that includes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act by a vote of 68-31.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the largest grassroots public policy women’s organization in the country, opposes the VAWA reauthorization because it fails women. VAWA prioritizes the rights for biological males self-identifying as women over the safety and privacy rights of women.

“This backroom deal voted on in the dark of night is heartbreaking for women,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC. “The deceptive name of this bill fails to identify its real intent – the dramatic advancement of gender ideology in federal law, including for the first-time millions of dollars in special set-asides for LGBTQ+ programs in addition to the millions already given to this identity group as a priority under existing law. All at taxpayers’ expense.  That carve-out is unprecedented and leaves women behind, again.   

“We are extremely disappointed in the eighteen Republican Senators who voted for VAWA. Our more than 500,000 members will be voicing their concerns with their Senators who voted in favor of the gargantuan bill. They were duped into thinking VAWA is about protecting women when it is the opposite.”

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary 571-420-2488