This week, Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Young Women for America (YWA) leaders united with a broad coalition of groups at the annual convention of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Phoenix, Arizona, to rally in defense of dignity for women in sports. They were there to demand the NCAA protect them against male athletes “identifying” as female and erasing their accomplishments with the inevitable and unfair physiological advantages.CWA spokesperson and YWA Ambassador Macy Petty spoke passionately at a rally outside the facilities, saying,
“For four years, I’ve been asking the NCAA to at least acknowledge that our concerns are valid. But they do nothing but categorically dismiss us! The future of women’s sports is fading away before our very eyes and what are they talking about in there? NIL? Mental health? I, a female athlete inside the NCAA, have been trying to communicate a message to them for four years, and all I get is a closed door.”
Petty was also interviewed on FOX Business live from the rally, where she shone a light on the issue before millions of viewers:
YWA Ambassador and NCAA champion swimmer Kylee Alons used part of her remarks to address incoming NCAA President Charlie Baker, who has been disappointingly absent from addressing the reasonable issues concerning millions of women nationwide. She said:
“Charlie Baker, you are the leader of the NCAA, and you have a decision to make: Will you step up and lead, even if it ruffles a few feathers? Are you willing to put yourself on the line to safeguard the future of women’s opportunities, or will you wait for yet another girl to get hurt or another trophy stolen from a female athlete?”
Our leaders hand-delivered a demand letter to NCAA Board of Governors Chair Linda Livingstone, who showed great contempt towards them. The Daily Signal covered the event. Livingston is the President of Baylor University, the Baptist Christian research university in Waco, Texas, believe it or not. Yet, on this issue, she is completely ignoring the voice of millions of Christian women who are expressing serious concerns.
The event was revealing and powerful. As our CWA/YWA leaders stood there amongst so many beautiful and courageous voices, we couldn’t help but remember a time not too long ago when it was hard to get many others to pay attention to this devastating issue for women. We are thankful for the Lord’s provision as we continue to lead the way in this fight, also for so many of you who have come alongside us in support of what is a necessary groundbreaking movement that is fighting true injustice and standing up for the future of women in our nation.