Use your voice to help Concerned Women for America hold the line against the Biden Administration’s aggressive, pro-abortion, anti-American agenda. Action items below.
The Biden Administration is rapidly translating President Biden’s radical and far-reaching agenda into new federal rulemaking. The goal of these proposed rules is to enshrine President Biden’s executive orders into regulations that will dictate the terms for federal programs. Where Executive Orders and Dear Colleague letters have limits, federal regulations offer legitimacy and permanency.
Federal rulemaking requires an administrative process established by law that includes a comment period of at least 30 days where the American public can weigh in on the proposed rules. A federal agency must review all comments and adapt them in revising and finalizing any rule. Public comments that are not sufficiently taken into account can be used to challenge the final outcome. Rules stay in force until comparable action is taken to make changes.
It is vital that concerned citizens voice their position by commenting on proposed rules. Whereas letters to Congress are critical to influence members’ votes on legislation, comments through rulemaking are how citizens can impact the actions of the executive branch. This is perhaps the most significant way your voice counts in policymaking under the Biden Administration.
President Biden wants to overturn the progress made by the Trump administration in federal rulemaking, especially in the area of pro-life policy. He also wants to force progressive mandates across all federal agencies and programs, including redefining sex as gender identity, not biology, and forcing critical race theory and training in education, health care, law enforcement, and more.
Two proposed rules on these subjects with deadlines in mid-May have been published that provide a vital opportunity for your input. Our CWA Action Center provides the information, bullet points, and avenue you need to write a comment and submit it to the Federal Register.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Proposed Rule revoking Trump’s 2019 Title X rule to reinstate Planned Parenthood, remove separation from abortion requirements, and encourage abortion counseling and referral.
Deadline: May 17, 2021
- U.S. Department of Education Proposed Rule requiring 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory curriculum priorities in federal American History and Civics Education grants
Deadline: May 19, 2021
Please be counted in opposition to each of these proposed rules by submitting a comment today.
The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act passed the State Senate and House and is now on the desk of Gov. Laura Kelly for her signature. It is important that Gov. Kelly here from Kansans that girls’ sports need to be protected and that she sign the bill.
Concerned Women for America of Kansas supports the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act because fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened, and this legislation combats that issue. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.
First, pray for Gov. Kelly that she will sign the bill. Pray that God would give her the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purposes.
Second, please take action!
- Contact Kelly and urge her to sign the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.
- Contact your state senator and representative and urge them to support overriding the governor’s veto should the governor veto the bill. Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kanas, be sure to let them know.
- Please forward this to your family and friends.
Third, pray for the legislature that they will have enough votes to override a veto should the governor veto the bill.
“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God,
He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27
Yesterday, Gov. Doug Burgum (Republican) threw high school female athletes under the bus by vetoing HB 1298, a common-sense bill that would promote fairness in girls’ sports. The bill passed by a wide majority in the House but only narrowly in the Senate. You can read my press release on the veto here.
We need to fight back! Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are threatened, and we need leaders to stand up against the Governor’s veto and vote to protect female high school athletes. Now is the time to urge five senators who voted no on HB 1298 to reverse course and support HB 1289 to override Gov. Burgum’s veto.
Call and email the five senators listed below and urge them to vote YES to override the veto of HB 1298. A suggested message is below my signature line.
- Howard Anderson (R-District 8) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-861-9749
- Jessica Bell (R-District 33) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-891-9708
- Brad Bekkedahl (R-District 1) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-570-1879
- Curt Kreun (R-District 42) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-741-2612
- Ronald Sorvaag (R-District 45) [email protected] or Cellphone701-361-2156
Forward this message to family and friends. Every email message is counted.
Pray God provides wisdom and understanding for all legislators. Pray our leaders have God’s understanding on this issue of protecting female athletes.
“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27
In His service,
Please vote in favor of HB 1298. Protect equal opportunity and a fair playing field for girls and women’s sports. Individual male-born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.
Your name and town
“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts
of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Dear CWA of Washington Members,
I love watching Spring emerge, don’t you? As it warms up, the primroses are blooming, and the tulips and daffodils are slowly emerging. Does this renewal give you new hope? I hope so!
The 2021 Washington State legislative session is winding down, as is our Encourage-A-Legislator campaign. We thank all of you who stepped up and prayed for our legislators this session. Please continue to pray for our legislators that they might seek God’s wisdom and guidance in all that they do.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington has Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams around the state, but we would love to grow even more chapters! Please consider gathering like-minded women and men to pray regularly for our nation, our state, and our families. CWA is the nation’s largest women’s public policy organization, firmly based on God’s Word and principles. We welcome your participation!
After seventeen years serving as CWA of Washington’s State Director, I am stepping out of this leadership position effective April 30. And since we never retire from His work, I will staying on with CWA of Washington as a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader.
How about you? Do you feel the calling of the Lord to increase your influence and impact here in Washington State? CWA is seeking a new state director, and maybe that person is you? If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer leadership position or just have some questions, please contact the CWA’s Vice President of Field Operations, Tanya Ditty, at 1-202-488-7000 or [email protected]. She would love to talk with you and answer any questions you might have.
It has been such an honor to serve the Lord in the role of state director. I have met and worked with so many wonderful, God-loving people. I especially want to thank Marilyn, Jean, and Joyce for their faithful service as the Steering Committee, plus those persevering Prayer/Action Chapter and Home Team Leaders who have faithfully served in their position for many, many years. Remember, God has a future and a hope for you!
In His Service,
By Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America
The latest dust-up with corporate America over Georgia’s new common-sense election law is just the latest example of how corporate America has insidiously turned on the very people who have made their companies successful. According to Forbes (2019), American women control 70- 80% of consumer spending. The vast majority of these women are not the elite establishment. No, they are moms sitting down at their kitchen table each month struggling to pay their bills and care for their families.
So, what happened to make the very people dependent upon our dollars and economic well-being despise us and literally work against us via their corporate giving? The Left is nothing if not strategic. In the 1990’s they infiltrated the arbiters of corporate reputations like Forbes and Fortune, and they began the creation of “Diversity and Inclusion” (now deemed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, DEI) departments essential for recognition. Those departments are the hotbeds of leftist, woke policies and Orwellian doublespeak. They are often staffed with Marxist sympathizers. This year, an article in Forbes intoned, “First, make inclusivity a key factor in deciding who moves up and who gets rewarded. Hiring and promotion decisions, performance reviews, annual goal-setting, and compensation and bonus considerations can include assessments of whether employees and managers are meeting D&I targets and exhibiting inclusive behaviors.” Shocker, what gets counted is what gets done. The most vocal activist in corporations have worked their way to the top, and American families are feeling the fallout.
Even before Georgia, corporate giving records show millions of dollars each year filling the coffers of the most radical activist organizations possible, from the king of abortion and now sex-hormone peddling Planned Parenthood to LGBTQ bullies Human Rights Campaign, to the America-hating 1619 Project. Perhaps the most explicitly outspoken anti-family organization Black Lives Matter, specified on its website: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement but supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
Finally, what happened to the Chamber of Commerce? Have they lost their minds? The CEOs largely supported Joe Biden for President, and then they are shocked, shocked, I tell you when he implements policies that harm them. As my Appalachian grandmother used to say, “Are you dumb or are you stupid?”
The end result is a vicious battle brewing between middle America and corporate America. After trusted brands like Coke, Pepsi, Macy’s, Nabisco, Delta Airlines, Frito Lay, Bath and Body Works, and, of course, all of Silicon Valley decided to figuratively lift its leg and relieve itself on its customers, we are mad. The question now is how we fight back.
First, we begin to search for alternative companies to support. Let’s be clear; we aren’t asking for them to contribute to us; we just want them to stop funding people who destroy unborn babies and hate America. The bar is very low, which shows how bad it has truly gotten.
A good example of this can be seen in Florida; Gov. Ron DeSantis has recently embraced a new company, Rumble, over the big-tech, anti-American company, YouTube. Finding alternatives is one way to put a strain on these large corporations and show them that those of us who love our families and our country mean business.
Second, we look for ways to even the score politically. This is where conservative groups like Concerned Women for America come in … we are really good at turning the heat up on our enemies when they’re down by piling on JUST when the time is right. A well-timed pile-on can be viciously impactful. The perfect example of that type of effort was Sen. Marco Rubio‘s common cause with the unions against Amazon. You’re going to see more successful efforts in the future. That was the first salvo in what I believe is a much-deserved corporate comeuppance. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so to speak.
The dirty secret is that big corporations love to throw free bones to the DEI woke watchdogs while cheaping out on policies that actually contribute to the common good. For instance, the idea of forcing employees to add their preferred pronoun to their name badge makes the leftist happy, but women would actually benefit from a decent parental leave policy.
I remember a day when conservatives worked alongside corporate America because we all wanted the same things: jobs, a strong economy, and strong families. That day is gone. Americans are sick of the corporate sycophants of the Left taking our money while hurting our families. Enough. American moms are mad and ready to fight back for our kids’ future.
Voice your support for a good bill that will stop the reframing of U.S. history and eliminate any curriculum that teaches our students to distrust our Founding Fathers and our founding documents.
You can make a difference in Missouri by praying and acting on an important bill being heard in the General Laws Committee on Monday, April 19. HB952, sponsored by Rep. Brian Seitz (R-District 156), defines the “1619 Project” and prohibits public schools from teaching, using, promoting, or providing students the 1619 Project as part of the curriculum course materials or instruction.
The 1619 Project teaches students to reject the truth of American exceptionalism. And it seeks to create the myth that our country, and all of its accomplishments, both as a whole and individually, are founded upon, and the direct result of, racism.
“Our country has a complex and rich history,” says Rep. Seitz. “Parts of that history are hard to fathom and accept, including the issue of slavery. All of that history, both the bad and the good, should be taught to our students without bias or revision. My bill stops the bias, keeps the history, and stems the Leftists’ tide.”
This Monday, April 19, I will testify in favor of HB952 and urge the General Laws Committee members to give the bill a do-pass recommendation. I covet your prayers. The General Laws Committee will vote on the bill at a later date.
If you take action BEFORE 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19, submit your support online for HB 952 online with this easy two-step process.
- Click here for the online form. (a) Check the box by HB 952; (b) Select the “In Support Of” option; (c) Type in a statement (optional); (d) Complete Details section; (e) Check Acknowledgement box and then submit.
- Check your email inbox for an email message that requires you to verify your submission.
If you take action AFTER 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19, please call or email the members of the General Law Committee (you will need to scroll for the committee name) and ask them to vote a “Do Pass” on HB952. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Missouri, please let them know. Do not hesitate to leave a message on their voicemail.
Please vote “Do Pass” on HB952. HB952 will prohibit public schools from teaching, using, promoting, or providing students the 1619 Project. The 1619 Project’s intent is to reframe U.S. history and teach our students to distrust both our Founding Fathers and our founding documents.
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Forward this email to family and friends! Every email message and every phone call is counted!
Please pray: Pray for our legislators on the General Laws Committee by name that God would give them the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purpose.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom.” – James 3:13
“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27
HB972, a bill that would promote fairness in women’s sports, was introduced on April 5, 2021. Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened, and this legislation will combat that. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.
Many biological girls train and work hard to excel in their chosen sport with the goal of a college scholarship. When a biological boy who thinks he’s a girl is allowed to compete with the biological girls because of his natural endurance and strength, he steals the prize. We must ensure fairness in women’s sports.
Read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet for additional information on this issue.
- Contact your state representative and urge him or her to support HB 972. Send an email message: “Please vote YES on HB 972.” Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature. If you are a member of CWA of Pennsylvania, be sure to let them know.
- Please forward this on to family and friends!
Prayer: …Lord, we pray about the assault on sexuality the enemy is leveling against our world. We pray against the increasing gender confusion, against the identity crisis he seeks to create in Your creation. Our identity is found in Christ. Let that healing lesson spread among those who hurt today. Our hearts break for them. Do not let the enemy get away with the enemy’s schemes to establish a lie as a foundational truth in their lives. Let the truth that You are our Creator shine ever so brightly. May we commit our ways to You, Lord. For we know You will act. And You are good! You are God… https://concernedwomen.org/for-america-day-117/
From knees to feet,
Dilonna M. Coran
CWA of Pennsylvania
We have reason to celebrate in North Dakota! HB 1298, a bill relating to participation in athletic events exclusively for females, was passed by the State Senate yesterday, April 15. The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature. Read my press release here.
Thank you for sending messages to the House and Senate members about this important bill that protects girls’ sports! Your voice made the difference.
But the work is not over. I need you to make one more call to Gov. Doug Burgum! It is very important that he hears from those who stand with him on protecting girls’ sports.
First, pray for Gov. Burgum that he will sign the bill. Pray that God would give him the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purposes.
Second, contact Gov. Burgum here (call or email) and encourage him to stand with female athletes and sign HB 1298. Let him know that you stand with him in support of the bill. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, be sure to let him know.
Dear Gov. Burgum,
Please sign HB 1298. Protect equal opportunity for female athletes and provide a fair playing field for girls and women’s sports. Individual male-born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.
Your name and town
Thank you for your prayer and action on this very important bill.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
- With less than 100 days of the Biden Administration under our belt, faith-based organizations can already tell it will be a bumpy four years in the continuous fight for everything we hold dear.
- In the history of the United States, we have never seen a frontal assault on our religious liberty and rights of conscience like we are witnessing today.
Administration and Appointees
- The most important thing to note in a presidential administration is appointed personnel. Personnel equals policy.
- We need to be deeply concerned about the impact of the thousands of people staffing our cabinet agencies, appointed judges, and staff in the White House who have a fundamentally unconstitutional view of religious liberty and rights of conscience.
- Particular agencies to be concerned about: Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (ED), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Department of Defense (DOD).
- President Biden’s appointment and the Senate’s confirmation of Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary is perhaps the most concerning. He is an attorney with no healthcare background. During Becerra’s time as California’s Attorney General, he targeted crisis pregnancy centers, trying to enforce a law that would mandate pro-life clinics to have to refer women to abortion centers.
- This Administration’s HHS will be the strongest opposition to religious liberty we have seen in American history.
- As President Biden’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona has the power to directly impact the rights and conscience of Christian schools, Catholic schools, and all other forms of private education.
- Office of Legal Policy (OLP) is an office within the DOJ which frames policy and has direct impact on religious liberty and conscious laws.
- President Biden’s Secretary of Defense, Gen. Lloyd Austin, took less than two weeks to formalize policies for sexuality questions, training, critical race theory, etc. We are watching the “wokeism” of the American military and Pentagon.
Legislation Supported by the Administration
- The Equality Act is the single most dangerous piece of legislation in the realm of religious liberty that has ever been voted on in the House and introduced in the Senate.
- H.R. 1 is equally as dangerous as the Equality Act as far as the integrity of our elections. The Democrats have said this legislation is their top priority.
- H.R. 1 is the federalization and the unconstitutional grabbing and directing of all of our elections.
- H.R. 1 and its Senate counterpart, S.R. 1, essentially claim the Founders were wrong in allowing states to create their own election laws. If our election laws are federalized, the first goal would be to clamp down on people of faith through securing elections that favor Democrat candidates.
- A huge beacon of hope for us as conservative Christians is the Supreme Court.
- These four years may be concerning, but we can be encouraged by the lifetime appointment of the Supreme Court Justices.
- Our foundational rights are not something our government should be able to take from us because they don’t come from the government, the Founders, or our founding documents. Our rights are given to us by God.
April 16, 2021: Update on Discharge Petition
On opening day, 202 U.S. Representatives signed the discharge petition for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, setting a record for the most signatures in a single day. You can see if your Representative has signed the discharge petition here (presented in order of signature).
If your Representative has signed the discharge petition, please use our action center to send a note of thanks!
If your Representative has NOT signed, use our action center to urge them to sign today.
April 14, 2021 Post
The Born Alive discharge petition is being launched today, April 14. Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) joined Reps. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri) and Kat Cammack (R-Florida) as the first signers.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, CEO and President Penny Young Nance had this to say on the discharge petition:
“Our humanity demands that we stand and protect the least of these, so why won’t a Democrat majority allow a vote on a bill to protect babies born alive from attempted abortion? These innocent ones are human beings with inherent dignity and worth. We urge every U.S. House member to sign the discharge petition for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. A vote to prevent infanticide shouldn’t be an act of courage; it should be a requirement for service.”
Join CWA in your support for life by contacting your Representatives today using this link and urging them to sign the discharge petition in support of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2021
202-266-4816, [email protected]
Penny Nance Responds to NCAA Statement on Transgender Participation
Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, responds to the NCAA Board of Governors Statement on Transgender Participation issued April 12, 2021:
“For over a decade, the NCAA has been driven by politics, not science or safety, in promoting transathletes in women’s sports. Once again, the NCAA Board of Governors has shown their disdain for female student-athletes treating them as second class and denying their rights for equality under Title IX. Throwing women and our female status under the bus (again) and threatening states who are doing the right thing only shows the incompetence and cowardice of the NCAA. The Board of Governors clearly has no regard for real fairness for female student-athletes, only woke politics. Further, this statement shows that the activism of the left leaves no middle ground. Young women deserve better than this.”
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.
Join CWA in your support for life by contacting your Representatives today using this link and urging them to sign the discharge petition in support of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
Every year is an election year for the Commonwealth of Virginia. This year, the Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and entire House of Delegates will all be on the ballot along with some local races. The candidates for each party will be selected either by a primary or an unassembled convention. The Democratic primary is in June, and the Republican unassembled State Convention is May 8. Please visit each parties’ website for their process.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia has embraced the challenge to register new voters early. On March 31, we trained a group of women on how to register new voters at local events such as farmer’s markets, gun shows, car shows, churches, and local festivals. Participants learned how to assist individuals in registering to vote, check their registration status, find their polling place, and/or apply to vote by mail. We also reviewed the paper voter registration application and noted what is required by the Commonwealth of Virginia for new voters.
- Would you like to join us in registering voters?
- Would you like to be trained on how to do a non-partisan registration table at your church or local event?
- Would you like to assist someone in doing a non-partisan registration table in your area?
- Is there an event(s) in your area that would benefit from a non-partisan voter registration table?
- Might your church be open to having a non-partisan voter registration table?
There are already multiple opportunities to assist in tabling in the Lynchburg, Virginia, area. If you are interested in helping in your area, please contact Teresa, our Voter Registration Coordinator, at 434-238-2770 or [email protected].
Together we will cultivate voters who are ready to vote their values. You are needed!
We hope to hear from you soon!
It’s time to STOP North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) relationship with Planned Parenthood! Thank you for responding to the last alert! On April 7, the North Dakota House voted to pass SB 2030! SB 2030 makes it clear that the university system can no longer partner with abortion providers and penalize campuses that violate the law.
SB 2030 now returns to the Senate Appropriations Committee for their vote to concur or not concur with amendments that stop our universities from partnering with Planned Parenthood or any other entity that provides or promotes abortion. The amendments on the bill make the law covering the prohibition clearer by adding a penalty. Those who are opposed to the bill claim “academic freedom” must be protected but nothing justifies partnering with abortion providers!
SB 2030 could be voted on as early as tomorrow.
Contact the Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask them to “vote to concur with the House on SB2030 with amendments.” Email addresses and a suggested message for members are located below my signature line. If applicable, be sure to mention that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
Pray that members of the committee support this life bill and stand against the horrors of abortion! Partnering with an organization committed to death cannot be justified by “academic freedom.”
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3
Suggested email message:
Please vote to concur with the House on SB2030 with amendments. I stand against any partnership with an organization that promotes or provides abortions and ask for you do to the same.
Your Name and Town
Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee:
(You can send a message to all members at one time by copy and pasting this – [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];[email protected]; [email protected]
(If you have the time, individual email messages are always best.)
Chairman Sen. Ray Holmberg (Republican – District 17) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-739-5334
Vice-Chairman Sen. Karen Kresbsbach (Republican – District 40) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-720-1291
Vice-Chairman Sen. Terry Wanzek (Republican – District 29) [email protected] or call 701-251-6113
Sen. Brad Bekkedahl (Republican – District 1) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-570-1879
Sen. Kyle Davidson (Republican – District 41) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-261-8703
Sen. Dick Dever (Republican – District 32) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-391-6330
Sen. Robert Erbele (Republican – District 28) [email protected] or call 701-378-2272
Sen. Joan Heckaman (Democrat – District 23) [email protected] or call 701-302-0355
Sen. David Hogue (Republican – District 38) [email protected] or call 701-852-0381
Sen. Tim Mathern (Democrat – District 11) [email protected] or call 701-235-9817
Sen. Dave Oehlke (Republican – District 15) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-230-1598
Sen. Nicole Poolman (Republican – District 7) [email protected] or call 701-250-6730
Sen. David Rust (Republican – District 2) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-216-0270
Sen. Ronald Sorvaag (Republican – District 45) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-361-2156
Join us for this informative event hosted by Young Women for America.
The first 100 days of an Administration are a critical period. In those months, it becomes apparent what the focus and priorities of the new presidential administration are. We are currently three months into the Biden Administration.
Joining us to discuss the Biden Administration’s impingements on rights of conscience and religious liberty is Tim Goeglein, Vice President of External and Government Relations for Focus on the Family. Tim is the former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison.
Join us via Zoom to take stock of what is going on in our country and what is on the horizon.
Here are the details:
Date: Monday, April 12
Time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. Central; 3:30 p.m. Mountain; 2:30 p.m. Pacific)
Register here for the event. An email with the link for the call and information will follow registration. We invite you to share this event with family and friends.
By Annabelle Rutledge, National Director of YWA
I recently had an informational Zoom call with the owner of a company I was hoping to work with as the National Director of Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Young Women for America (YWA) program. He seemed optimistic about the possibility of working with us, but then as we discussed our conservative values and the current “cancel culture” climate, things seemed to change.
A few days later, I received an email stating that he regretted they would not be able to work with YWA due to “potential business risk factors.” The risk factor? Our Christian, conservative beliefs. The goal of YWA is to train and equip high school and college female leaders who take a stand on campus for the Biblical values and conservative principles in which they believe.
At the risk of sounding like a victim, I challenge you to find another group of people in America more targeted for viewpoint discrimination than conservative women and other conservative minorities. Spend some time talking to a conservative woman of color, and you won’t believe the stories they have to tell.
While I have had my share of insults hurled my direction (namely something about being a “gender traitor” because I want little humans to have a chance at life outside the womb), I have never felt so directly “on trial,” if you will, for my beliefs than talking to this man discussing a possible business partnership. But this is not an isolated incident. The young women I represent and conservative women everywhere experience this discrimination on a regular basis.
What we were seeking was simply a platform to track projects and engagement from our student leaders with a built-in incentive program. Social media is, of course, a huge facet of digital advocacy and one of the main ways to track how engaged our leaders are in sharing our content. It was because social media is a part of this conversation that the topic of de-platforming came up.
From there, he told me that our content would be monitored and asked if our student leaders advocate violence. I found this offensive. I don’t even have to wonder if someone whose website promoted Black Lives Matter or supported Planned Parenthood would be asked the same question. We all know they wouldn’t dare.
The question is also pointless, isn’t it? Neither CWA nor YWA would ever advocate violence, but does what I say matter when objective truth has been completely thrown out the window and replaced with abject subjectivity?
A cursory glance at our website tells you that we are unapologetically pro-life. We are pro-life because the value of human life is not diminished by the minutes, hours, days, or years we have lived. We are also pro-life because we have great compassion for everyone touched by abortion providers who care more about their bottom line than the mothers, fathers, children, and families who are left in the devastating wake of the decision to abort. We advocate life, not death.
However, there are individuals on the other side of this issue who label those who stand up for unborn lives as domestic terrorists. The fact that it is all a lie seems to make no difference in today’s day and age.
I explained that to the representative of the company. I could not help but point out the awkward position I’m in as a conservative woman of faith having to endure this sort of interrogation and be forced to prove my worth via a Zoom call because of my viewpoint on social-political issues.
This small tech business entrepreneur may not be actively trying to discriminate against me or Young Women for America. As a business owner, it is his prerogative to deny a client. But why did he decline to work with us? Because he is a coward. He is afraid of being canceled and losing other left-leaning beauty bloggers and makeup guru clients he has.
Sadly, there are not many business platforms that offer the service for which YWA is looking. This platform rejecting us based solely on our viewpoint puts an undue burden on us to find an alternative that we are not sure exists.
One thing is certain. Conservatives are systematically being targeted, both actively and passively, when it comes to the marketplace of ideas. Viewpoint discrimination against conservatives is being normalized, and our society is the collective loser.
Women may have had to shatter glass ceilings throughout history, but as Sen. Lindsey Graham noted during Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court hearing, conservative women are still fighting to break through the reinforced concrete barrier society wants to constantly keep building over us.
By Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations
In the past two weeks, we have seen significant progress in the fight against radical gender ideology in the states. Importantly, many state legislatures are embracing these debates generating greater awareness of the realities and harms at stake. They are also underscoring the necessity of having governors of courage.
Last week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Arkansas) joined Gov. Tate Reeves (R-Mississippi) in signing the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” into law. These are notable victories following Idaho’s enactment of the first such bill last year signed by Gov. Eric Little (R-Idaho) and immediately challenged, as expected, in a lawsuit leveled by the ACLU.
Gov. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) did the opposite. She responded to the passage of a popular House Bill promoting continued fairness in women’s sports with a “form and style” veto capitulating to noisy activists and dubious NCAA threats. Noem demanded the South Dakota legislature rewrite big portions of the bill, including removing protections for college women athletes. By putting a price tag on winning her signature, she effectively torpedoed the bill causing female athletes in her state to lose out.
Big majorities of the public agree on protecting women’s sports for female athletes, so why the fear? Assuring fair play for women and girls based on biological sex, not gender identity, should be something on which we can all agree. It should be a matter of biological fact, physiological advantage, and basic civil rights, not partisanship or political activism. Male athletes should not be competing in women’s sports, regardless of how they identify.
The governor’s surrender in South Dakota contrasted acts of courage by governors in Mississippi and Arkansas. It will take governors of courage across America to turn the tide toward regaining women’s rights as athletes and against hyped threats from left-wing activists, the ACLU, NCAA, woke corporations, and the Biden-Harris administration, which has thrown the gauntlet further. More governors may have the opportunity to make this choice in the coming weeks.
Women’s sports is not the only place radical gender ideology has taken root. It is also happening on social media, in school counseling offices, and in transgender pediatric clinics where children and youth are only affirmed in their self-declared “gender identities” with irreversible medical and surgical treatments. It takes courage to stand against the Big Gender interests behind this craze damaging our daughters.
This week, Gov. Hutchinson acted in opposite fashion on the issue of protecting children from transgender promotion. Hutchinson vetoed a bill called the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act which would prevent experimental gender treatments and surgeries on minors, citing “government overreach” (even though many government laws shield the health and safety of children from harm). A veto-proof majority had passed the measure in both Arkansas chambers and quickly chided the governor’s retreat by overriding his veto. We applaud their courage to lead and enact the first child protection bill of its kind in the nation.
A greedy and negligent medical industry is shrouding the truth about the rising incidence of gender dysphoria, disregarding the reckless and harmful nature of treatment and denying children, who have no capacity for informed consent, the ability to grow up and out of dysphoric conditions. Instead, medical activists tell parents it is the “standard of care” and the best way to deal with gender-confusion and depression. They compel life-altering decisions that stop normal development and place children on a never-ending road of opposite sex hormone treatments that make empty promises about becoming the opposite sex – a scientific impossibility.
South Dakota was in a similar battle last year where the same governor postured concern instead of conviction over what it sought to address: the serious damage to children being inflicted by promoters of transgender medical experiments on youth. She aided the bill’s defeat in a Senate committee.
Courageous leaders in Congress are joining legislators in other states in protecting women’s sports and protecting children, most notably in South Carolina, where Democrat Representative Cezar McKnight is spearheading a bipartisan bill, the “South Carolina Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” to shield children from reckless transgender treatment. These leaders need encouragement for their courageous stand.
Concerned Women for America is committed to our role in educating policymakers and citizens on these issues and being a voice of courage standing against radical gender ideology as a promise to America’s children. Our prayer is that all governors will respond to the momentum in their states on these serious issues confronting our culture by standing for truth, at such a time as this, and leading the way.