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CWA and WoLF Call on Seventh Circuit to Uphold Indiana’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act

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In a demonstration of our strong left-right partnership against the sexual exploitation of women, Concerned Women for America and the Women’s Liberation Front have filed a joint amicus brief to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to remove a preliminary injunction against Indiana’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.  The CWA/WoLF brief marks the first time our organizations have filed jointly in a landmark case before the court defending the rights of female athletes to fair play in sex-separated sports. Representing perspectives of women from across the political spectrum, the CWA/WoLF brief sends a strong message to the court about the importance of Indiana’s law upholding the truth about the sexes and equality of opportunity for female athletes and sets an important precedent for arguing these cases in federal court.   

 

Read our press release.

 

Read this article about our brief in Post Millennial.

 

Press Release: Fighting for Female Athletes: Women’s Groups File Amicus Brief on Indiana Law

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For Immediate Release:

September 26, 2022

 

Contact: [email protected]

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Fighting for Female Athletes: Women’s Groups File Amicus Brief on Indiana Law

Left and Right Coalition Unite to Protect Women’s Sports

 

Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) have filed a joint amicus brief calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to overturn an injunction on Indiana’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act that requires sports participation in elementary and secondary school to be based on biological sex, male and female, or be designated as coeducational or mixed sex.    

 

Indiana’s law, which took effect on July 1, is among women’s sports laws passed in 18 states since 2020 to ensure female athletes maintain their rights to safety and fair play in sex-separated sports. In July, federal Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson granted a preliminary injunction, allowing a male student to continue playing on the girls’ softball team. In early September, the Indiana attorney general’s office asked the 7th Circuit Court to overturn Judge Magnus-Stinson’s ruling.

 

“WoLF and CWA represent women on opposite sides of many issues, but we agree on what a woman is,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. “Protecting women and girls is a shared interest that transcends left/right politics. CWA proudly joins this brief with allies in the cause from the Left to fight for the fundamental rights, including to participate in single-sex sports, of women on the basis of sex.”   

 

“The obvious harms experienced by women and girls when males are allowed to intrude into women’s sports is traumatizing, and our organizations are gravely concerned with the psychological gaslighting and compelled speech that is occurring on a regular basis in these types of situations,” said Mahri Irvine, PhD, Executive Director, Women’s Liberation Front. “Students, coaches, school employees, and parents should never be forced to pretend that males are females, or vice versa. Journalists or judges using language like ‘transgender females’ or ‘transgender girls’ to describe males is misleading, disingenuous, and confuses well-meaning members of the public who simply want all students to be supported and empowered. The result is a dishonest narrative based on personal belief systems rather than science or objective reality.”

 

“If the Court fails to vacate the district court’s preliminary injunction, it will mark a fundamental shift in American law and policy that strips girls and women of their rights, threatens the physical safety of female athletes, and undercuts means by which women can achieve educational equality. It would not only revoke the very rights and protections that specifically secure women’s access to school athletics but would do so in order to extend those rights and protections to men claiming to be women,” the WoLF and CWA Amicus Brief reads.

 

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact [email protected] 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 www.ConcernedWomen.org

 

WoLF is the country’s largest radical feminist organization; WoLF’s mission is to restore, protect, and advance the rights of women and girls through legal argument, policy advocacy, and public education. More information is available at www.womenarefemale.org.

Joint Amicus Brief Featured in The Post Millenial

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As featured in The Post Millennial, Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) filed a joint amicus brief calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to overturn an injunction on Indiana’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act that requires sports participation in elementary and secondary school to be based on biological sex, male and female, or be designated as coeducational or mixed sex.    

NCAA abuse of female athletes’ Title IX protections needs to be fought in court

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New court rulings open door to fight NCAA’s approval of transgender athletes

 

You may not believe this, but the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with its prime-time TV contracts and multi-million-dollar advertising budget, is a nonprofit organization under federal law. For decades the NCAA has been immune from Title IX lawsuits because it’s a nonprofit that doesn’t receive federal funds. But two federal courts have just redefined the meaning of “federal financial assistance” under Title IX and changed the equation for female athletes seeking to sue the NCAA.  

 

Last month, federal courts in Maryland and California ruled against religious schools in sexual harassment cases declaring their nonprofit tax-exempt status amounts to federal financial assistance. Under the same reasoning, it wouldn’t matter that the NCAA doesn’t receive federal money. The mere fact that the IRS grants it the privilege of being exempt from federal taxes amounts to financial assistance.  

 

While these opinions are rightfully criticized, their reasoning could pave the needed path for female student athletes to sue the NCAA for its discriminatory policy allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports.

 

Under policies forced by the NCAA, women are being exploited in ways never intended. Look no further than the real March Madness this year when school records at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) were shattered and an NCAA national title in women’s swimming was won by a male swimmer self-identifying as a woman. Lia Thomas’ records weren’t won by any measure of fairness or equity in women’s sports. They were stolen and only because the NCAA allowed it to happen…

 

Click here to read the rest of Doreen Denny’s FoxNews exclusive op-ed.

Join CWA in Opposing Biden’s LGBTQ Title IX Rule

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The U.S. Department of Education has officially released the Biden Title IX Rule for public comment, and it is even worse than expected. Title IX was supposed to protect women and girls from discrimination on the basis of sex. Not anymore.  

 

Instead of upholding sex discrimination on the basis of male and female biology, Biden’s Title IX Rule imposes LGBTQ identities as the basis for sex discrimination. Under the fancy title, “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance,” Biden’s Department of Education proposes to rewrite federal civil rights law turning our schools into laboratories for promoting sex and gender ideology at the expense of women and girls.

Here are some of the major changes to Title IX in the Biden LGBTQ Rule: 

 

“Gender Identity” is now “Sex”

  • Rejects that “sex” is defined as biologically male or female:  “on the basis of sex includes discrimination on the basis of sex stereotypes, sex characteristics, pregnancy or related conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.” This is a radical rewrite of the basic federal law on sex discrimination that Congress has NEVER authorized.
  • Schools must affirm and accommodate students on the basis of “gender identity” – using preferred names and pronouns and “gender support plans” without parental consent. This “gender identity” mandate extends to all programs and activities, including locker rooms, restrooms, rape crisis centers, housing, athletic programs, and more.
  • Female students lose their rights.  Protecting girls will now be in direct conflict with the “gender identity” mandate giving males self-identifying as girls the right to take their place.  As students and athletes, our daughters deserve to have the law on their side, not against them.

 

School Personnel can be “Parents”

  • A new definition of “Parental Status” empowers school personnel to act “in loco parentis” (in place of parents). Parental rights could be overruled by Title IX policy barring sex discrimination. Schools could withhold information from parents about their child’s “identity” at school.

 

Abortion = Pregnancy

  • A new definition of “Pregnancy or Related Conditions” gives abortion the same status as childbearing.  Schools would be required to provide support and services for “termination of pregnancy.” Any activity that promotes choosing life for an unborn child could be banned.

Biden’s Title IX Rule also overrules any state law protecting women and children from the harmful impact of gender ideology and requires all educational institutions to enforce an extreme LGBTQ agenda in our schools against the rights of parents, students, and teachers.

 

  • Any student or teacher who holds a traditional view of marriage, the scientific meaning of sex, or the value of unborn human life could be charged with sex-based harassment.

Join CWA in opposing Biden’s Title IX Rule. Now is the time to make your voice heard! Tell the U.S. Department of Education you oppose this radical rewrite of rules redefining “sex” and mandating that schools cater to the extreme LGBTQ agenda, causing harm to children and stripping parents of their rights to protect their children from sexual indoctrination.    

 

Visit CWA’s Title IX Action Center to send your comment directly to the U.S. Department of Education today. 

  1. Provide your views on one or more issues in the Biden Title IX Rule which radically rewrites the meaning and scope of sex discrimination in federal law.    
  2. Challenge the Dept. of Education with questions about the cost, confusion, and impact of overturning protections based on biological sex in federal law.

For more information, see CWA’s A Guide for Commenting on Biden’s Proposed Title IX Rule

Biden’s Title IX Rule Is a Frontal Attack on Women: Be Prepared to Comment!

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It’s Official: Biden’s Title IX Rule Is a Frontal Attack on
What it Means To Be a Woman – and More:
Prepare to Comment!

 

Day One of the Biden Administration set in motion the moment now before us. President Biden’s sweeping Executive Order, “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation,” unleashed an assault on Title IX, the federal law prohibiting discrimination in educational programs and activities, including athletics, on the basis of sex.  

 

Biden’s version of Title IX changes the fundamental meaning of “sex” under civil rights law. It says sex discrimination is no longer about being male or female but is based on perceived “gender identity.”  The impact is to reverse protections for women. Men can now claim our identity and our place.  

 

Biden’s attack started last summer in the form of a “Notice of Interpretation” followed by a “Dear Educator” letter to every school in America carrying a threat of investigations by the federal Office for Civil Rights. None of this is a legitimate way to change the rules.  

 

Biden knows full well that the only legitimate road to rewriting Title IX is to follow the Administrative Procedures Act which requires a laborious process of notifying the public, allowing a comment period, and fully justifying any rule changes based on the comments received. His Education Department chose the 50th Anniversary of Title IX on June 23 to announce its 700+ page proposed rule. The full text is now officially published in the Federal Register

 

Public outrage against allowing men identifying as women to compete in female sports has grown stronger after UPenn rostered biologically-male Lia Thomas on its women’s swim team. Team Biden is reading the polls. Biden’s Title IX Rule tries to dodge this controversy by claiming it will address the question of “criteria for participating on particular male and female athletic teams” in a subsequent rulemaking. That might be a convenient promise in an election year, but the published Title IX Rule applies fully to athletics as written, and nothing expressly exempts participation by males in women’s sports. 

 

In addition to its impact on female student-athletes, Biden’s Title IX Rule should be opposed for many reasons:      

  • Rejects that “sex” is defined as biologically male or female.
  • Radically rewrites the scope of sex discrimination in a way Congress has never authorized.
  • Schools are required to affirm and accommodate students on the basis of “gender identity” in all programs and activities.
  • Women and girls lose their rights. Males self-identifying as girls have the right to take their place.
  • School personnel could be empowered to act “in loco parentis” under a new definition of “parental status.”
  • Abortion is given the same status as childbearing under a new definition of “pregnancy or related conditions.”
  • Any student or teacher who holds a traditional view of marriage, the scientific meaning of sex, or the value of unborn human life could be charged with sex-based harassment.

 

Concerned Women for America is kicking off a vigorous challenge to this Rule on August 1. Prepare to comment!  

CWA Stands with Female Athletes on the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

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On June 23, 2022, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee joined fourteen organizations from across the political spectrum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law passed in 1972 that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education. Organizing this Our Bodies, Our Sports rally as part of an inaugural Women’s Sports Week was part of our ongoing fight to preserve the dignity of women and stand with female athletes in law and policy.

 

Following the Our Bodies, Our Sports rally, Penny Nance and Young Women for America athletes were featured at a roundtable on Capitol Hill hosted by Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Indiana), followed by a press conference outside the Capitol.  

 

Meanwhile, U.S. Senators joined the call for protecting women’s athletics. Sen. Tommy “Coach” Tuberville (R-Alabama) led the team, standing up to preserve the purpose of Title IX for female student-athletes. Sen. Tuberville urged the Senate to pass the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act” in a news conference at the Capitol with several Senate colleagues. Sen. Tuberville then took to the Senate floor to ask unanimous consent that the Senate immediately consider the bill for a vote. His request was blocked by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

 

On the same day, Biden’s Department of Education delivered on its promise to release federal regulations reinterpreting “sex” under Title IX to mean “gender identity,” among other things. The proposed rule invokes President Biden’s executive orders demanding that all federal agencies incorporate radical gender ideology, thus rejecting the biological and physiological differences between males and females as the basis for sex discrimination. The proposed rule confirms the Administration’s intent to overturn the privacy and safety of female students by mandating gender identity-based restrooms, forcing girls to compete against boys self-identifying as girls in female athletics, and requiring teachers, professors, and school officials to use so-called “preferred pronouns.”  CWA CEO and President Penny Nance reacted to news of the Biden proposed regulations:   

 

“On this 50thanniversary of Title IX, when we are proud to celebrate the accomplishment of millions of women across the country, the Biden Administration outrageously offers new regulations that would redefine sex, equating gender identity with biological reality. What a slap in the face to women who have achieved so much; Biden has just erased you.

 

“Years ago, CWA sounded the alarm over men unfairly stealing the trophies and risking the scholarships of female athletes. We have filed three civil rights complaints under Title IX against the universities and colleges that continue to treat women as third-class citizens. Our 500,000 members will continue to pressure the NCAA, governors, and legislators at the state and federal level to stop cheating women and level the playing field.”

 

In related news, FINA, the international federation of aquatic sports, released a policy on “gender inclusion” for international competition in the wake of male swimmer, Lia Thomas, dominating NCAA women’s swimming in the U.S.   CWA Senior Advisor, Doreen Denny, joined NTD news to comment on this development. Watch Denny’s interview here.  

Nance: Biden has just erased you

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Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, responds to President Biden’s new Title IX regulations.

“On this 50thanniversary of Title IX, when we are proud to celebrate the accomplishment of millions of women across the country, the Biden Administration outrageously offers new regulations that would redefine sex, equating gender identity with biological reality. What a slap in the face to women who have achieved so much, Biden has just erased you,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest grassroots women’s organization. “Years ago, CWA sounded the alarm over men unfairly stealing the trophies and risking the scholarships of female athletes. We have filed three civil rights complaints under Title IX against the universities and colleges that continue to treat women as third-class citizens. Our 500,000 members will continue to pressure the NCAA, governors, and legislators at the state and federal level to stop cheating women and level the playing field.”

Young Women for America Leaders and Athletes Advocate for Fair Play in Women’s Sports on the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 20, 2022

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Bipartisan Coalition Celebrates Opportunities Provided to Women through Title IX

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 23, female athletes, parents, and advocates will join fourteen organizations from across the political spectrum to rally for “Our Bodies, Our Sports.” June 23 marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits sex-based discrimination in education.

 

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Independent Women’s Forum, Women’s Liberation Front, the Heritage Foundation, Women’s Declaration International USA Chapter, ICONS, Save Women’s Sports, Alliance Defending Freedom, Independent Women’s Voice, Family Policy Alliance, and several other organizations are sponsoring the rally to celebrate female athletes and to highlight the need to preserve single-sex athletic competition. 

 

WHAT: Rally for “Our Body, Our Sports” to celebrate female athletes and single-sex competition.


WHEN:
June 23, 2022

Press arrival: 9:00 a.m. EDT

Doors open: 10:00 a.m. EDT

 

WHERE: Freedom Plaza (1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004)

 

WHY: To celebrate 50 Years of Title IX and advocate for fair play in women’s sports.

 

WHO: Athletes in attendance will include:

  • Macy Petty, NCAA scholarshipped athlete (volleyball) and Young Women for America leader
  • Chloe Satterfield, a Young Women for America leader and freshman at Georgia Tech who competed against a male identifying as female her senior year and lost. He was a freshman. 
  • Riley Gaines, former University of Kentucky swimmer who tied for 5th-place against Lia Thomas at NCAA Championships.
  • Kim Jones, former All-American tennis player, mother of Ivy League swimmer, and co-founder of Independent Council of Women’s Sports (ICONS).
  • And more!

 

Additional rally participants include:

  • Penny Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
  • Annabelle Rutledge, National Director, Young Women for America.
  • Tulsi Gabbard, Former U.S. Representative (D-Hawaii), original sponsor of the Protect Women’s Sports Act.
  • Candice Jackson, Former Deputy General Counsel, Department of Education
  • Rep. Barbara Ehardt, Idaho State Representative; original sponsor Fairness in Women’s Sports Act; former Idaho State athlete and 15-year NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Coach.
  • Beth Stelzer, Founder, Save Women’s Sports.
  • Kara Dansky, President, Women’s Declaration International USA Chapter.
  • And more!

 

HOW: For interviews or additional information please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary at 571-420-2488 or at [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

 

Join Us: CWA Celebrates Title IX on June 23

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This month as we mark the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is celebrating the achievements of female athletes and urging action to Save Women’s Sports. 

 

Join us for the Our Bodies Our Sports Rally in Washington, D.C., on June 23 to stand up for women athletes and the future of Title IX.     

 

CWA has been at the center of the fight to stand for the truth about the sexes and to save women’s sports.  We are standing up for the rights of female athletes, and we will not back down.  CWA is THE ONLY ORGANIZATION TO TAKE OFFICIAL ACTION against universities allowing males to compete in women’s sports TO CORRECT INJUSTICE IN WOMEN’S ATHLETICS.

    

  • CWA has filed three complaints against universities with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights – to date one has been resolved (in our favor!)
  • We’ve repeatedly challenged the NCAA.  
  • We’ve successfully lobbied members of Congress to make this a priority through a discharge petition in the U.S. House.
  • We’ve lobbied state legislatures, organized young women athletes to demand protection, participated in press conferences, and testified in states across the country, leading to the passage of bills to protect sports for women and girls in 18 states
  • We’ve met with federal government officials to demand that they stop the Biden Administration’s assault on female athletes.  

Now it is your turn!

 

You have the opportunity to make your voice heard.  Join us in Washington, D.C., on June 23, the 50th anniversary of Title IX.  

 

Check out the website for details. 

 

Hope to see you in Washington, D.C., on June 23

Newsweek: UPenn’s Disregard for Title IX Takes Opportunities Away From Women Athletes

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Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America‘s CEO and President, responded to the recent Good Morning America interview of National Collegiate Athletic Association swimmer Lia Thomas. After competing on the men’s swim team for three seasons, Thomas competed as a female. 

Read Penny’s latest Op-ed in Newsweek here.

Female Athletes Are Being Victimized to Pander to the Personal Fantasies of a Few

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Women athletes are in danger of losing their rights to the desires of men who feel they are women.

 

The anti-science effort to erase the physical differences between men and women is regressive and dangerous. Women are being victimized in the name of an AstroTurf diversity that discriminates against all who do not conform to the personal fantasies of a few.

 

The effort has consequences that go well beyond women’s athletics. In April, a male Rikers inmate claiming to be a woman was sentenced to seven years for raping a female prisoner in the women’s section of the jail. Concerned Women for America, the organization I represent — a Christian, conservative organization — is supporting a lawsuit by the liberal feminist organization Women’s Liberation Front to fight for women’s rights on this front.

 

We are also witnessing the pernicious promotion of transgender ideology in public schools, which ignores the sadpractical reality of the harmful long-term effects of life-altering surgical procedures on all young people, but on young women in particular.

 

But legally speaking, the women’s sports aspect of this battle, which has the backing of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, should be preventing the injustices we are witnessing…

 

Read the rest of this op-ed as featured exclusively on The Western Journal.

Press Release: Louisiana Legislature Votes to Protect Women’s Sports

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Huber at 504-236-8546

 

Bipartisan majority sends the Fairness in Women’s
Sports Act to the Governor’s desk

 

Baton Rouge, LA – This week, the Louisiana House passed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (SB 44). The bill, which has bipartisan support, now heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk for his signature. This is the second year in a row that the state legislature has stood on the side of female athletes and sent a bill to the governor’s desk. After vetoing the bill last year, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) calls on Gov. Bel Edwards to sign the bill.  

 

The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act would prohibit biological men from competing on women’s scholastic sports teams. It would ensure that female athletes will continue to be afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field.

 

Laura Huber, CWA of Louisiana State Director, had this to say, “Thank you, Louisiana Legislature, for fighting for female athletes and passing the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. We now call on Gov. Bel Edwards to stand with female athletes and sign the bill into law. Female athletes in Louisiana deserve to have an equal playing field in their sport of choice.”

 

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

 

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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

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

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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

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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

 

TODAY! Ask your Representative to sign the Discharge Petition for H.R. 426

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ACTION: Ask your Representative to sign the Discharge Petition for H.R. 426, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act!

Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are under threat. Decades of progress following the 1972 passage of Title IX will soon be reversed as the NCAA and Biden Administration move to undermine the fair playing field for females—all to accommodate and prioritize males identifying as females in athletics.
 
H.R. 426 would prohibit federally funded athletic programs from permitting males to participate in female sports and specify that sex is based on biology. Courageous members in the U.S. House of Representatives have filed a discharge petition to force the bill out of committee and on to the House floor for a vote. A successful petition requires the signatures of 218 members, which is a majority of the House. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. Congress must show young women and girls that its protections still hold true in 2022. H.R. 426 would bring much-needed hope and ensure that girls’ sports are for girls only.

Please email, call, or tweet your representative through our Action Center HERE and urge him or her to stand strong alongside our girls. This issue is nonpartisan. Our daughters and granddaughters deserve better.

To see if your representative has signed the petition, click HERE.

Concerned Women Applaud RSC for Supporting Legislation to Protect Female Athletes

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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

Kentucky Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto

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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