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Women’s Sports Bill is Moving! Action Needed Today!

By | Pennsylvania | No Comments

By a 15-9 vote, the House Education Committee voted HB 972, “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” out of committee, and Concerned Women for America of Pennsylvania was present for the vote. The bill now advances to the House floor for a full vote. You can read more about HB 972 here.

Far left activists are aggressively opposing the bill and are working hard to intimidate legislators from supporting it. Engage today to help stop their efforts!

The “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” (HB 972) will prohibit biological men from competingon 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.

ACT TODAY! Please email, call, or tweet your State Representative through our Action Center HERE and urge them to protect women’s sports. Girls should not be forced to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams.

Be sure to share this information with like-minded family and friends.

Please pray for your state representative by name. Pray for boldness and wisdom, and protection. Pray for the bill sponsor, Rep. Barbara Gleim, and the co-sponsors of this bill as they lead the fight on this issue. Keep them strong in the face of any pressure, adversity, and attacks.

PS: We are hosting our Save Women’s Sport webinar tonight, March 31, at 7:00 p.m. Details about the webinar and the registration link can be found here.

Dilonna Coran
State Director

Left picture (L-R): CWA of Pennsylvania State Director, Dilonna Coran, bill sponsor Rep. Barbara Gleim, CWA of Pennsylvania Chapter Coordinator, Kriste Tera.

Right picture (center): bill co-sponsor Rep.Stephanie Borowicz.

 

The Future of Female Sports in Louisiana – It Depends on You!

By | Louisiana | No Comments

“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

Last year, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana fought hard on the girls’ sports bill that would have allowed only girls to complete in girls’ sports. The bill passed with bipartisan support, only to be vetoed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. An attempt to override the veto failed.

The fight to save women’s sports in Louisiana is back, and we need your help! SB44, a bill that would promote fairness in women’s sports, was introduced by Sen. Beth Mizell (R- District 12) and has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee. The chairman and committee members need to hear from you, particularly if you are a constituent of a committee member, about the importance of ensuring girls have a fair playing field in sports.

Take Action:

  1. Contact the members of the Senate Education Committee and ask them to support SB44. The committee members are listed below my signature. If you are a constituent, be sure to let them know.  Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature.
  2. Forward this information to family and friends.

Visit Concerned Women for America’s Standing With Female Athletes page for timely resources on this issue. Read CWA’s Fact Sheet – Protect Women’s Sports.

Please Pray: Pray that Louisiana state senators will not be overcome with timidity and “political correctness” and will handle this issue with positive and fair wisdom for the girls and women of Louisiana.

Anchored in Christ,
Laura Huber
State Director


2022 Senate Education Committee

Protecting Female Athletes in Pennsylvania

By | Pennsylvania | No Comments

Last Friday, 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. On that same day, UPenn’s transgendered male athlete, Lia Thomas, stole first place in the 500-yard freestyle race beating out true female athletes.

I am excited to announce that CWA’s Legal Counsel, Mario Diaz, will be joining our all-star lineup of speakers for our March 31 Saving Women’s Sport webinar. Mario will discuss the Civil Rights Complaint and what it could mean for female athletes in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

Joining Mario will be the sponsor and co-sponsor of Pennsylvania’s Save Women’s Sports bill, State Rep. Barbara Gleim (R-District 199) and State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-District 76).

Mario Diaz, Esq.
State Rep.
Barbara Gleim
State Rep.
Stephanie Borowicz
Annabelle Rutledge

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Pennsylvania, a leader on the girls’ sports issue in the state, invites you to our Saving Women’s Sport webinar on March 31, hosted by our Bucks County Prayer/Action Chapter. You will receive updates on the girls’ sports bill from the bill sponsors and walk away with action items on how you can engage on the issue.

Guest speakers for the webinar include:

  • Mario Diaz, Esq. CWA’s Legal Counsel
  • State Rep. Barbara Gleim (R-District 199), Sponsor of HB 972, Save Women’s Sports
  • State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-District 76), Co-sponsor of HB 972
  • Annabelle Rutledge, National Director, Young Women for America
  • Dilonna M. Coran, State Director
  • Kriste Tira, Chapter Coordinator
  • Colleen Campbell-Miller, Chapter Leader, Bucks County Prayer/ Action Chapter

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, March 31
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. EST
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining this meeting.

Protecting fairness and equality for women and girls in sports should not be a partisan issue. Female athletes today are facing the injustice of allowing transgender male athletes to participate in sports designated for women and girls.

I hope you will join us and please feel free to share this email with like-minded friends and family!

From knees to feet,
Dilonna M. Coran
State Director

YWA at NCAA Women’s Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships

By | News and Events, Women's Sports, YWA | No Comments

Young Women for America (YWA) was your voice on the ground yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia, at Georgia Tech, where a biological male won the 500 free in the NCAA Division 1 WOMEN’S Swimming and Diving Championship.

On the same day, Concerned Women for America filed a formal Civil Rights Complaint under Title IX with the U.S. Department of Education against the University of Pennsylvania for refusing to protect the rights of college female athletes. 

At Georgia Tech, YWA staff, alongside YWA campus leaders from Georgia and Tennessee, cheered on the female athletes competing and showed their support for women’s sports. 

At the Save Women’s Sports press conference, Chloe Satterfield, a student at Georgia Tech, shared from personal experience what it feels like to compete against a biological male in female sports, and that as a Georgia Tech student, it is “so disappointing to see my school enable the NCAA to enforce its dangerous policy. The future of women’s sports is at stake, and I urge the NCAA to rethink its decision, consider the irreversible harm that they inflict on their female athletes because of this policy.”

Macy Petty, an NCAA Division 2 volleyball player at Lee University, spoke from her perspective as a college athlete: “In the rules of volleyball, the men’s net is seven inches higher than the women’s net. This height difference has nothing to do with personality, sexuality, identity, or anything other than biological facts. These seven inches were there for a reason because men are born naturally more athletic, and their sport reflects this.”

Just the day before, Macy testified before the Tennessee House Education Administration Committee on HB 2316, a bill that would prohibit males from participating in public higher education sports that are designated for females. 

Young Women for America will continue to show up for female athletes and boldly advocate that GIRLS’ SPORTS ARE FOR GIRLS ONLY. 

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CWA Files Civil Rights Complaint Against UPenn

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

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

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against UPenn

Allows male to compete on women’s swim team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dear Woke Media: Stop Using Broken People to Further Your Political Agenda

By | News and Events, Sexual Exploitation, Women's Sports, YWA | No Comments

“Lia Thomas has dominated women’s college swimming this season—and has also become a lightning rod for controversy.,” Sports Illustrated wrote in its brand new piece,I Am Lia: The Trans Swimmer Dividing America Tells Her Story.”

Sports Illustrated sat down with Lia Thomas, the University of Pennsylvania swimmer, a male who identifies as female, who has been crushing records on the women’s swim team this season. The exclusive interview focused on what it is like to compete as a biological male on the female swim team. 

While claiming to be an exclusive interview, Sports Illustrated does not exactly go out of its way to hide its political ideology. The piece even features a cover image of Thomas in a swimming pool overlapped with the words, “To Swim as Herself.

The piece calls Thomas’ story a “right-wing obsession” and talks about how the University’s social media handlers have turned off comments on certain pictures that feature the swimmer. It is also reported that Thomas avoids name mentions online and has turned off direct messaging on Instagram due to threats. Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated decided to write a large feature story on the troubled athlete. 

Sports Illustrated can claim that Thomas is the subject of a right-wing obsession. Still, I would argue that it is not so much Thomas as an individual that is the subject of controversy, but the undeniable unfair advantage that Thomas’ teammates and competitors face as they are forced to compete against a tall, broad-shouldered biological male. 

I have yet to see commentary attacking Thomas as an individual. I would argue that Thomas is not even necessarily the one to blame for the controversy, but the University of Pennsylvania’s athletic department, the NCAA, and the woke media. They continue to push their own narratives at the sake of female athletes and even at the sake of Thomas. 

The sad reality of the transgender movement is that individuals struggling with gender dysphoria often are desperately longing to fit in and be accepted, just as Thomas explains in the Sports Illustrated interview. 

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Gender dysphoria is a condition in which there is a conflict between the person’s physical gender and the gender that he or she identifies with…The feeling of being in the body of the ‘wrong’ gender must last for at least two years for the diagnosis to be made.” [1]

However, no matter how much surgery or medication an individual undergoes, he or she is born with a set of DNA that is either male or female. That being said, those struggling with gender confusion will never gain the acceptance they seek by attempting to transition to the opposite gender.

While this reality is absolutely no excuse for harassment and threats, we must stop with the false narrative that biological males have a right to compete against females because they believe they have been born in the wrong body. It is only damaging to all parties involved. 

A biological male athlete will always stand out amongst his female competition because his DNA is and will always be scientifically different. He was never designed to fit in as a female; any woke media, athletic department, or athletic association that denies this has fallen into the lie that allowing males to compete against females is the answer to acceptance or they know the truth but continue to selfishly use transgender athletes for their own personal agendas. 

I don’t know Thomas’ whole story. I don’t know what kind of trauma the swimmer may or may not have faced growing up or in competing against other males in the past, but I do know that the answer to acceptance is not found in transitioning into a woman. I know that the answer to acceptance is not found in joining the women’s swim team or even in swimming in general. 

In John 14:6, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

Individuals struggling with identity deserve better than to be affirmed in gender dysphoria. They deserve to be told the truth. They deserve to be told that despite the lies being fed to them by the demonic culture of this day, acceptance is only found in one place. Acceptance is and will always be found in the truth, that is Jesus Christ. 

[1] U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Gender dysphoria,” Medline Plus, June 15, 2015, https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001527.htm

Time Sensitive: Calls Needed to Save Women’s Sports

By | South Carolina | No Comments

Your voice made a difference! Because of your calls, the Save Women’s Sports Act (H.4608) will be heard in the House Education and Public Works Subcommittee tomorrow, Thursday, March 10, at 9 a.m.
 
Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened in South Carolina. Individual male born athletes should not be allowed to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females. This legislation would prohibit biological men from competing on women’s scholastic sports teams and would ensure that female athletes will continue to be afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field.
 
Please take action! Calls are needed today!
Contact the members of the House Education and Public Works Subcommittee listed below and ask them to vote YES on H.4608. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Carolina, be sure to let them know. 

  • Rep. Raye Felder (R-District 26) 803-212-6892 | Email
  • Rep. Terry Alexander (D-District 59) 803-734-3004  | Email
  • Rep. Thomas “Case” Brittain, Jr. (R-District 107) 803-212-6727 | Email
  • Rep. Gil Gatch (R-District 94) 803-212-6871 |  Email
  • Rep. Linda “Lin” Bennett (R-District 114) 803-212-6948 |  Email
  • Rep. Michael F. Rivers, Sr. (D-District 121) 803-212-6952 |  Email

Please forward this e-mail to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on this important legislation. 
 
Keep this issue in prayer. We pray that the House Education and Public Works Subcommittee will see the importance of this legislation and that God will give them wisdom and discernment.
 
For more information on this issue, read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet.
 
God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Madison Rainey
State Director

YWA Leader Testifies on Girls’ Sports Bill

By | News and Events, Women's Sports, YWA | No Comments

On February 15, 2022, Young Woman for America Ambassador Halli Gravley testified before the Kentucky House Standing Committee on Education in support of HB 23, the Save Women’s Sports Act.

As a female athlete from Kentucky and having just finished her senior year swim season the week prior, Halli was able to provide a vital perspective in this discussion. While the ACLU testified against the bill as well as two young elementary-age biological males identifying as females, the most important voice in these debates must be the voice of female athletes.

You can watch Halli’s testimony or read her statement in full here.

The bill passed the House Education Committee, and we are looking forward to the day when the option to protect women’s sports in Kentucky ends up on Gov. Andy Beshear’s (Democrat) desk. Read the Kentucky House Majority Caucus press release that contains quotes from Halli’s testimony.

Save Women’s Sports in South Carolina

By | South Carolina | No Comments

Women and girls should not be forced to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams and deserve protection at all levels of competition. Concerned Women for America of South Carolina is proud to support H.4608, the Save Women’s Sports Act.

This legislation would prohibit biological men from competing on women’s scholastic sports teams and would ensure female athletes will continue to be afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field. When boys compete in girls’ sports, equal opportunity is destroyed. Title IX closed the gap when it became federal law in 1972 and established equal opportunities for women and girls. This includes education and athletics.  

After stalling in the South Carolina House of Representatives last year, this bill has been reintroduced and placed in the House Education and Public Works Committee.

Please take action!

  1. Contact Rep. Rita Allison (R-District 36), Chair of the House Education and Public Works Committee, and ask her to give H.4608 hearing and brought to a vote in committee. 803-734-3053 | E-mail
  2. Please forward this e-mail to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on this important legislation. 

Keep this issue in prayer. We pray for courageous leaders to see the importance of this legislation and that God will give them wisdom and discernment to protect female athletes in our state.

For more information on this issue, read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Madison Rainey

State Director

Battle Over Girls’ Sports Reaches Kentucky Legislature

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

For Immediate Release
February 15, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
571-420-2488

Battle Over Girls’ Sports Reaches Kentucky Legislature
YWA Leader Testifies in Committee Hearing

 Washington, D.C. – Today, Young Women for America (YWA) Kentucky leader Halli Gravely testified before the Kentucky legislature in support of the Kentucky Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (H.B. 23). This Act would prohibit male students from participating in girls’ athletics. Gravely, a high school swimmer, spoke on behalf of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) who has been fighting to protect women’s rights to fair play in sports.

H.B. 23 protects girls’ sports by making sure that biological males cannot compete in girls’ sports. Ten states have passed protections for girls’ sports while ten other states, like Kentucky, are debating this issue.

“Women’s and girls’ sports are under attack,” said Annabelle Rutledge, National Director of YWA who attended the Committee hearing today. With all of the national news around the discrepancies in high school and college athletics, it is important to speak up and protect a woman’s right to a fair playing field.”

Lia Thomas, a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania who is a biological male, has drawn national attention to the issue of men competing in women’s sports. Thomas has set records competing against girls and has been cleared to compete in NCAA women’s tournament. Thomas will also be competing in the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships this week where the swimmer is seeded first in three events.

“Young women should not be forced to compete against young men,” said Penny Young Nance, President, and CEO of CWALAC. “Biology does not lie, and science is clear, men and women are different, and men have a clear advantage over women in sports. We feel for these girls who have been tossed aside by schools who just want to win.”

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

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

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The Future of Female Sports – It Depends on You!

By | Pennsylvania | No Comments

“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus …” Hebrews 12:1

The future of female athletics is on the line in Pennsylvania. Our nation is watching the heartbreaking controversy surrounding the women’s swim team at the University of Pennsylvania. Women and girls should not be forced to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams. 

A biologically male athlete at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is smashing NCAA women’s swimming records. Will Thomas competed on the men’s team for three years and is now competing as Lia Thomas on the women’s team for his senior year. Penn press releases are boasting of the wins despite shamefully displacing the true women record holders in their history books. Cases like this are jeopardizing the hopes and dreams of female athletes nationwide.

Protecting fairness and equality for women and girls in sports should not be a partisan issue. It should be a cause that unites all lawmakers to stand for women’s rights and the intent and purpose of Title IX for female student-athletes.

Languishing in the state legislature is HB 972, a good bill that would prohibit biological men from competing on women’s scholastic sports teams and would ensure that female athletes will continue to be afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field. HB 972 was introduced in the House and referred to the Education Committee, where it has stalled. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Pennsylvania is urging the committee to take up this bill, and we need your help. 

Why HB 972 needs passed: when boys compete in girls’ sports, equal opportunity is destroyed. Title IX closed the gap when it became a federal law in 1972 and established that women and girls have equal opportunities. This includes education and athletics.  

Read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet for additional information on this issue.

Please take action!

  1. Contact the Education Committee Chairman Curtis Sonney and the Speaker of the House, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, and let them know that you want HB 972 to be heard and voted on. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Pennsylvania, make sure to let them know.
  2. Contact the bill sponsor Barbara Gleim to thank her for standing strong to protect women and girls.
  3. Contact your state legislator to let him or her know that you support HB 972 and expect their support also. Use this linkto find out who represents you in the state legislature
  4. Please forward this e-mail to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on behalf of this important legislation. 

Please pray:  Heavenly Father, we ask that our House leadership see the importance of this legislation and that you would give them wisdom and discernment. We also pray you would strengthen Rep. Gleim and the co-sponsors of this bill as they lead the fight on this issue. Keep them strong in the face of any pressure, adversity, and attacks. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

From knees to feet,
Dilonna M. Coran
State Director

Denny in Newsweek: The Biden Administration is Sending Title IX to the Ash Heap of History

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

A biologically male athlete at the University of Pennsylvania is smashing NCAA women’s swimming records. Will Thomas from Austin, Texas, competed on the men’s team for three years and is now, as a senior, competing as Lia Thomas on the women’s team. Penn press releases are boasting of the wins and shamefully displacing the true women’s swimming program record holders in their history books. Cases like this, enabled by the NCAA’s anti-woman policies, jeopardize the hopes and dreams of female athletes nationwide.

Read the latest from Doreen Denny, Concerned Women for America‘s Senior Advisor, entitled “The Biden Administration is Sending Title IX to the Ash Heap of History” in Newsweek Opinion here.

Another opportunity to support girls’ sports in Texas

By | Texas | No Comments

On September 20, the Texas legislature began the Third Special Session, making it a total of four sessions for the 87th Legislature. Concerned Women for America of Texas has been in Austin for all four sessions working to pass legislation that aligns with CWA’s seven core issues.

This week, HB 25, a girls’ sports bill sponsored by State Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-Dist. 150), was assigned to the Select Constitutional Rights and Remedies Committee. Now it’s time to activate our prayer and action network to see that HB 25 is passed and signed into law.

A majority of Texans support protecting female athletes from physical harm and losing scholarships and endorsements.  A majority of Texas legislators support the right and opportunity of girls to compete in their own sports. Gov. Greg Abbott has put legislation to protect girls’ sports on the Special Session call three times for the 87th Legislature.  The Texas Senate has passed the girls’ sports bill four times. Now it’s time for the Texas House to pass the girls’ sports bill.

This issue affects Texans of all races, cultures, and backgrounds.  According to Texas Education Agency (TEA) statistics for the 2019-20 school year, there are approximately 862,137 females of African American, Hispanic, and other ethnicities and approximately 318,953 white females.1 Since the enactment of Title IX in 1972, national statistics show two in five girls (40%) now participate in school sports.2 So, school sports for grade 7-12 in Texas accounts for approximately 472,436 Texas girls. These statistics do not include private, parochial, or homeschool students.

The Third Session of the 87th Legislature ends on October 19, so it’s critical that you make your voice heard on this very important issue.

Please Act:

  1. Contact the office of Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan and urge him to prioritize HB 25 on the House Calendar Committee. (512) 463-1000 | Online Form
  2. Contact the members of the Select Constitutional Rights and Remedies Committee and ask them to support HB 25.
  3. Contact your state representative and ask them to protect girls’ sports and support HB 25. Find who represents you in the Texas House by clicking here.
  4. Forward this email to family and friends.

Please Pray:

  1. Pray that our young women will not be denied benefits from their God-given talents and abilities.
  2. Pray that the forces of evil will be cut off.
  3. Pray that citizens will wake up to their role in righteousness in government.

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  See that no one repays another with the evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.”   I Thessalonians 5:14-15

Sincerely,
Ann Hettinger


I’d like to provide an example for you:  Alanna Smith is an African American high school athlete from Connecticut.  She is from a family of exceptionally gifted athletes and is on track to play professional sports unless her opportunity is stolen by an undeserving biological male. Alanna, now a high school sophomore, is a short-distance runner (100m, 200m, and 400m). She was a 3-peat 100 Meter Connecticut state champ in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Her freshman year she learned she would be racing at the Connecticut State Open against a male who identifies as a female.  No matter how many hours Alanna put into training or how hard she worked on speed, endurance, and strength, she had no chance to beat the physical strength of a biological male who previously ran in the men’s division. Alanna felt defeated before stepping onto the track.

In Connecticut alone, two biological boys have been running girls off the track since 2017. Between them, they have set seventeen individual state meet records—registering times that females have no hope of breaking. The sheer size and strength they bring to the track have resulted in more than eighty-five missed opportunities for girls to even qualify for the next level of competition.  As they have continued breaking records and beating biological girls, it is simply not fair for anyone born as a boy to compete against girls. That unfairness does not go away because of what someone believes about their gender identity. 4

We must work hard to protect the rights that women have gained since Title IX when only one in 27 girls participated in school sports.  When biological males are allowed to compete in girls-only sports, girls’ lives are permanently impacted.


1https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/enroll_2019-20.pdf

2https://concernedwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Protecting-Womens-Sports-CWA-fact-sheet-2021.pdf

3https://house.texas.gov/members/find-your-representative/

4https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-i-deserve-a-level-playing-field-20200304-zd36p3jlurfeddfdk6gmuzyv2i-story.html

Ask Speaker Phelan to Pass “Save Girls’ Sports”

By | Texas | No Comments

For the last three sessions of the Texas legislature, Concerned Women for America of Texas has been on the front lines fighting for the passage of a bill that prohibits biological males from competing in girls’ sports.  Physical strength, stamina, size, and other abilities inherent in the male composition make it completely unfair for girls in sports to be required to overcome these advantages in order to play on girls’ teams. Girls are being denied placement on teams, championships, endorsements, and acknowledgments, which help them achieve scholarships and other benefits available to males on male sports teams. These advantages are going to biological males who are taking these positions, claiming to be “transgendered.”

  • In the Regular Session, SB, 29 by Sen. Charles Perry (R-District 8) was killed by the House Public Education Committee. 
  • In the First Special Session, SB 32 by Sen. Perry was not heard by the House Public Education Committee.  
  • In the Second special Session, SB 2 by Sen. Perry was left pending in the House Public Education Committee.  

If girls’ sports are to be protected in Texas, this bill must pass in this Third Special Session that begins Monday, September 20, 2021!

Take Action:

  • Contact the office of Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan and tell him you want to see Texas girls’ sports protected by passing HB 10 sponsored by State Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-Dist. 150) and that you want the bill assigned to a committee other than the House Public Education Committee.
    (512) 463-1000 | Contact Form
  • Urge your friends to make this call.
  • Urge young women athletes to make this call and be available to testify when it comes before the committee.

Please Pray:

  • Pray that our young women will not be denied benefits from their God-given talents and abilities.
  • Pray that the forces of evil will be cut off.
  • Pray that citizens will wake up to their role in righteousness in government.

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  See that no one repays another with the evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.” I Thessalonians 5:14-15

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Girls’ Sports Bill to Be Heard in Committee on Tuesday!

By | Texas | No Comments

Senate Bill 2 (Sen. Charles Perry – R. District 28), the girls’ sports bill, is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Public Education Committee this Tuesday, August 24, at 10:30 a.m. (or upon final adjournment of the House) in the Capitol Auditorium, E1.004. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas has been advocating for restricting athletes who play in girls’ sports to be biological females only. We will be in Austin, representing your voice during the hearing.

We recently interviewed a young basketball athlete and her mother about the impact of biological males getting to play in girls’ sports. You can watch the videos here. Download the CWA Fact Sheet here.

Take Action!

#1. Contact the members of the Public Education Committee and urge them to vote YES on SB 2. If you are a member of CWA Texas, be sure to let them know.

#2. Contact your state representative and tell them to vote FOR SB 2 when it reaches the House floor! Click here to learn who represents you in the Texas House.

#3. Forward this information to those in your circle of influence who could help us protect our girls’ sports.

Please pray!

  1. Pray for the legislators who are working on this issue that they may have clarity on the issue and the courage to act wisely.
  2. Pray for those impacted by the girls’ sports issue that they will come to Austin to testify in favor of the bill.

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”  II Timothy 1:7

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Girls’ Sports Matters in Texas – Hear Why!

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Concerned Women for America Senior Director of External Relations, Danielle Buck, recently sat down with student-athlete Kassidy Comer and her mother Janet Comer to discuss the importance of female athletics and the current threat to girls’ sports in the state of Texas. We encourage you to watch their interviews below and then take action on this very important issue.

Take Action!
Contact Gov. Greg Abbott and thank him for placing the saving girls’ sports issue on the Special Session call. Urge him to include women’s collegiate sports protections too.

Phone: 512-463-2000 or online contact form.

Louisiana House Throws Female Athletes Under the Bus

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The Louisiana House of Representatives failed to override Gov. John Bel Edwards (Democrat) veto of SB 156, Fairness in Womens’ Sports Act. The Louisiana Senate voted to override the veto the previous day.

Concerned Women for America of Louisiana State Director, Laura Huber, had this to say of the failed veto override, “It is devastating that a minority of lawmakers have prevailed today to throw our daughters under the bus and deny them equal rights to safety and opportunity in sports that women fought so hard to achieve. We thank the legislators of both parties who have stood with courage and conviction to fight for fair play for Louisiana’s female athletes. We will continue to stand with you!”

A Nightmare Scenario for Women’s Olympic Dreams

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By Morgan Schlesselman, CWA Government Relations Intern

For the first time, a transgender athlete will compete in the Olympics. Laurel Hubbard, a biological male from New Zealand, will compete in women’s weightlifting at the age of 43 after undergoing a gender transition at the age of 35. Hubbard meets the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Weightlifting Federation’s requirements, which allow any male-bodied transgender athlete to compete as a woman so long as the athlete’s testosterone level is below 10 nanomoles per liter. However, elite female athletes have a testosterone range of 0.12 to 1.79 nanomoles per liter, which means that Hubbard could have five times or more the amount of testosterone compared to the rest of the competition.

The news of Hubbard’s qualification for the Olympic team has stirred up responses from members of the weightlifting community. Belgian super-heavyweight weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen, who offered her support for the transgender community, made it clear that “this particular situation is unfair to the sport and to the athletes. So why is it still a question whether two decades, from puberty to the age of 35, with the hormonal system of a man also would give an advantage [in competing against women]?”

Similarly, former New Zealand weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs said, “When I was told to drop the category because Laurel was obviously going to be their number one super, it was heartbreaking, like super soul-destroying. And it’s unfortunate that some female, somewhere is like, ‘Well, I’m going to miss out on going to the Olympics, on achieving my dream, representing my country because a transgendered athlete is able to compete.’”

In addition to weightlifters voicing their concerns over Hubbard’s spot on the Olympic team, organizations that support women’s rights have made statements, too. Save Women’s Sport Australasia said, “It is flawed policy from the IOC that has allowed the selection of a 43-year-old biological male who identifies as a woman to compete in the female category. Males do have a performance advantage that is based on their biological sex. They outperform us on every single metric – speed, stamina, strength. Picking testosterone is a red herring … We are forgetting about the anatomy, the faster twitch muscle, the bigger organs.”

Vice President of Government Relations for Concerned Women for America, Doreen Denny, warned of the ramifications of this decision, “For the purpose and future of women’s sports, this is devastating news. It creates a mockery of women’s sports.” More of Denny’s comments can be found here.

As Tracey Lambrechs mentioned earlier, this policy impacts the dreams of girls all over the world. Women and girls deserve the opportunity to have a fair playing field and equal competition; competing against a 43-year-old biological male in women’s sports is not that.

As for the United States, Chelsea Wolfe became the first trans athlete to be on a U.S. Olympic roster by making it as an alternate on the BMX freestyle team. However, a World Athletics policy did prevent a biological male from taking an opportunity away from a biological female in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic trials. Cece Telfer, who in May 2019 became the first biological male to win a national NCAA track and field title in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, after competing  on the men’s team just sixteen months prior, was ruled ineligible for the U.S. Olympic trials. U.S.A. Track and Field determined that Telfer’s testosterone levels did not meet the requirement to compete. While this decision avoided the controversy, Telfer should not have been in the running in the first place.

As a result of Hubbard’s participation, women’s super-heavyweight weightlifting may be among the most watched events at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Unfortunately, not for the right reasons. As Save Women’s Sport Australasia said previously, biological males have specific anatomy that give them an advantage in speed, stamina, and strength that cannot be evaluated or mitigated by testosterone levels alone. In order to protect the integrity and future of women’s sports, the main criterion should be quite simple: on the basis of biological sex.

School Districts: The New Ground Zero

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Critical Race Theory. Project 1619. Girls and boys using the same bathrooms and locker rooms. Biological males competing as female athletes. Preferred pronouns. Sex education.

Radical liberal elitists have been hard at work co-opting local school boards and departments of education for years in order to spread their ideology. But parents and concerned citizens are waking up, speaking up, and fighting back against the Left’s extremist goals to indoctrinate and sexualize students in school systems across America.

Case in point: Concerned Women for America (CWA) was in the trenches with parents last night at two separate school board meetings fighting against transgender issues and Critical Race Theory. I wanted to share with you our front-line report from the meetings and CWA action items.

Loudoun County Virginia
Don’t believe the national media hype about the Loudoun County School Board meeting last night. CWA staff and interns joined over 300 parents and concerned citizens of Loudoun County to stand in opposition to the school board’s rush to push two transgender policies: allowing transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to their preferred gender and to participate in sports with biological males and females based on that preference.

Per our staff, the board room was filled to capacity with parents and citizens attending to peacefully oppose the proposed transgender policies. It was evident from the beginning of the meeting that the Leftist board chair was intent on stoking the fires to get a reaction out of the parents with the aim of gaining “newsworthy” coverage. The chairwoman shut down public comments because the attendees booed an LGBT activist who said there was “hate dripping from the followers of Jesus in this room” and by causing “chaos” by applauding the impassioned comment by former State Sen. Dick Black (R-Loudoun County). Before the crowd began to disperse, the crowd sang the national anthem. Unfortunately, a disturbance was made by a couple of individuals after the meeting ended, which the media latched on to for their stories.

Ft. Worth, Texas
Compare that to the meeting in Texas where passionate parents in Fort Worth rose to speak in opposition to the school district’s emphasis on radical ideology over academics. Danielle Buck, CWA employee and mother, spoke out against Critical Race Theory and urged the school board to stop investing in divisive, politically charged ideologies. Danielle commented, “CRT is an ideology that is wrong. More than that, it is abusive, racist, and discriminatory. I will not be silent anymore. I am a mom teaching my son that how we treat others should be based on who they are and not on the color of their skin.” Though cheers are heard there, the board was much more accommodating to the parents’ concerns and there was no need for law enforcement to get involved.

Take Action!

Here are a few strategic ways you can engage to help stop the Leftist’s radical ideology freight train that is moving 100-mph heading straight toward our children.

  1. Run for your local school board or recruit someone else to run.
  2. Attend your local school board meetings. Everything that relates to schools is decided at these meetings – standards, curricula, budget, hiring, and firing.
  3. Form a network of concerned parents and citizens to monitor and speak out on issues.
  4. Attend CWA’s free webinar “How to Lobby the Education Bureaucracy.” Details and registration below.

How to Lobby the Education Bureaucracy
Date: Thursday, July 8
Time: 4:00 p.m. Eastern [3:00 p.m. Central; 2:00 p.m. Mountain; 1:00 p.m. Pacific)
Register here.

Webinar Description:
Navigating and influencing the education bureaucracy can be very confusing and somewhat intimidating. It is vital to know when and how to approach your local and state school boards. This webinar will teach citizen activists effective techniques on how to go before school boards, state committees, or teacher groups with pressing concerns in order to cause change. You will walk away knowing you can make positive changes for your children and the community.