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CWA Files Civil Rights Complaint Against UPenn

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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.”


 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

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

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For Immediate Release
March 16, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

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.”


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

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

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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.

TODAY: CWA on the steps of the Supreme Court for TX Heartbeat Law

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Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, joined Newsmax to discuss today’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court and what the next few months could mean for the pro-life movement.

Watch Penny’s statements on the steps of the Supreme Court today with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton here and her full interview with Newsmax below.

Penny Nance Speaks to 15,000 College Students at Liberty University

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Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, spoke at Liberty University’s convocation last Friday to over 15,000 college students in-person with even more watching online.

Nance led a panel entitled Women of Faith in Leadership that featured herself, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), Carrie Sheffield, and Young Women for America National Director Annabelle Rutledge. The focus was to encourage students to vote their values, lean in on national issues, and to become informed citizens.

You can watch the full panel below and read more from Liberty University here.


Liberty University Convocation featuring Penny Nance and Women of Faith in Leadership Panel from Concerned Women for America on Vimeo.

After Targeting Black Lives for Decades, Abortion Movement Smears Pro-Life Women as Racist

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A recent MSNBC panel of women smeared pro-life women as being racists and seeing black women as human “incubators.” Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, stepped in to correct the record.

From the article: “The billion-dollar abortion industry profits from the death of minority babies, whereas the pro-life movement works to support life and liberty for them.” Read her full piece here.

Nance Talks Abortion and Racism on Fox News

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Penny Nance, talks abortion and racism on Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream. Among other things, Penny had this to say, “The true racism in this picture is to look at Planned Parenthood and its founder Margaret Sanger who called minorities ‘human weeds’, who worked to usher in forced sterilization. Pro-life women want to love them and care for them. The other side wants to exterminate them.”

Watch Penny’s full interview below, or click here.



Fox News Op-ed: Nance: What I learned from FBI’s ‘assessment’ of me, my organization

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Last week, Concerned Women for America (CWA) reported in this press release on the FBI’s unjustified targeting of CWA.

Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President spoke out on the FBI targeting in a Fox News op-ed and had this to say, “We should all be worried about the ability and hubris of a politicized FBI to invade and target American citizens and organizations out of favor with those in power … We call on Congress to clamp down on the trampling of our civil liberties using perhaps well-intentioned but overly indulgent rules. The American people deserve better. We demand better.”

Read the op-ed here.

Planned Parenthood Receiving 19x More Funding Under Biden Than Obama

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Despite being a professed Catholic, President Joe Biden is now allowing 19 times more funding to funnel into Planned Parenthood than did under President Obama. Penny Nance joined No Apologies with Becker to give some more shocking statistics on the fight to protect life under the Biden Administration.

Click below to watch the full interview.

Penny Nance on No Apologies with Becker from Concerned Women for America on Vimeo.


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CEO and President Penny Nance responds to the Fauci email scandal, calling out Big Tech for their role in shutting down the First Amendment in America amid a national crisis.  Penny also discusses the Biden Administration’s response, or lack thereof, to the growing spike in cyberattacks and the effects they may have on American families. You can watch her full interview here (Penny begins at 7:14).

Where is the Church?

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If you’re a believer, you’ve probably found yourself wondering more than a few times lately, where have people of faith been throughout these pressing cultural debates? As Christians, we are called to speak out against injustice and to defend what we know to be true.

To win the battle for the soul of our nation, we must come together as one Church under the leadership of Christ. In this week’s episode of our podcast, Penny is joined by Ryan Helfenbein of Liberty University’s Standing for Freedom Center to discuss how to Biblically navigate through tough issues.

Where is the Church? 

This episode is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, or below. Please take time to listen and share with your friends.


Nance’s RCP Op-ed: Cancel Culture’s Latest Victim

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Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President weighed in on the Cancel Culture’s newest victim in her Real Clear Politics op-ed: “Time and again, the Left tried and failed to cancel Rick Santorum, but this past weekend they thought they had finally succeeded when CNN released him. Santorum’s crime? Saying Western European settlers founded the United States, and they did so to establish a nation premised on freedom and liberty.”

Read Penny’s entire op-ed here.

Happy Memorial Day 2021

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This weekend many Americans will leave work looking forward to a long weekend ahead, to spending more time with their friends and loved ones, and to some much-needed time in the sun. As the unofficial kickoff to summer draws near, we pause to remember the men and women who left for work one day and never made it home for another long weekend and their families who would never get that extra time back.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is an American holiday honoring the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. military. It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official holiday in 1971.

Although this weekend will leave us all feeling a little more excited for the season that’s to come, it’s important to remember the real reason that we get to have this extra day to spend however we choose.

Freedom. Sacrifice. Love.

John 15:12-13 says, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Scripture tells us that there is no greater sacrifice than laying down one’s life for others. In America, we are uniquely positioned to understand this principle in a more meaningful and personal way. We know what these men and women were defending. We know that when they kissed their family goodbye for the final time, they did so knowing they were protecting the rights and freedoms for them to prosper. America is the greatest country in the history of the world because of the men and women who sacrificed their all to protect it.

This Memorial Day, while you are enjoying a day off, take a moment to remember those heroes, past and present, and remember the people they left behind. May their sacrifices never be forgotten.

Penny Nance
CEO and President

The Truth about Socialism – Listen Now!

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A new episode of the Concerned Women Today podcast is available for streaming now. This week, Penny is joined by Morgan Zegers, founder of Young Americans Against Socialism. In her early 20s, Morgan has her own small business and has founded an organization that works to educate young people on the dangerous lies they are being fed about Socialism.

Click below or here to listen to the full episode or stream now wherever you usually listen to your podcasts!

NCAA Caves to Public Pressure on Women’s Sports

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Just one month ago, the NCAA threw female athletes under the bus and sided with transgender athletes, claiming it would prohibit states with restrictions on trans athletes in place from hosting their future events. Amid mounting pressure from conservative groups, including CWA, the NCAA has caved and will allow tournaments to be held in states with laws protecting women in sports. Read our full statement below:

“Perhaps the NCAA is finally getting the message that discrimination against female athletes is NOT fairness. Maybe the NCAA has finally read the scientific research that proves male athletes cannot become female athletes. It could be the NCAA is finally recognizing that their policy allowing transgender males to compete in women’s sports is an affront to women’s equality and rights.

“States are passing laws because Joe Biden is repealing Title IX and erasing women’s sports. It’s about time that the NCAA back off its woke agenda and stand up for female athletes. There is much more the NCAA needs to do to regain its sorry track record in women’s sports. Let’s see if they are really serious about getting out of the starting blocks.”

Penny Nance, CEO and President
Concerned Women for America