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Press Release:  Education Department Throws the Civil Rights of Women Under the Bus

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2021

Contact:
Jacklyn Washington
202-748-3501, [email protected]

 Education Department Redefines Sex to Throw the Civil Rights of Women Under the Bus

A sham and a shame. Our daughters deserve better.

 Washington, D.C. – Just one week before the June 23 anniversary of Title IX, the Biden Administration has unconstitutionally reinterpreted the meaning of sex and effectively thrown the rights of women and girls under the bus. The landmark federal civil rights law enacted 49 years ago to prohibit sex-based discrimination and protect women has just been used to erase female status and turn Title IX on its head.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Notice of Interpretation explaining that “sex-based discrimination” includes gender identity and sexual orientation. The expansion of this definition means the government wants to force us to live under the fantasy that biology no longer matters and that the Biden Administration will no longer protect the equal rights of women and girls in education and athletics as intended.

From day one, the Biden Administration has been declaring war on what it means to be a woman. From replacing the word “mothers” with “birthing people” in its legislative proposals to leaving female athletes in a field of lost dreams, the Democrats have turned back the clock on decades of progress for women’s rights.

This decision is outrageous and insulting to every woman in America. It is detrimental to the safety, privacy, and opportunities of female students and athletes. Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an icon of the feminist movement, understood that sex-based classifications could be permissible because certain “differences between men and women” are “enduring.” For years, we’ve watched young, courageous, female athletes work to excel in women’s sports and demonstrate a simple point: sex-separated sports are at the heart of fair competition because men have innate physiological advantages over women based on immutable biological differences.

Unfortunately, in this radical woke era that elevates self-declared identity over reality, women and girls have been sidelined by leftist ideologues who demand any man can claim female status and have full access to our sex-separated spaces and sports.

Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, has been on the front lines of the battle to defend Title IX for female students and athletes. Last week, Doreen Denny, CWA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, provided live testimony for the U.S. Department of Education’s virtual public hearing.

With this radical reinterpretation of Title IX coming on the heels of a full week of testimony and thousands of public comments, the Department of Education’s decision was obviously made before the results were in. President Joe Biden and Secretary Miguel Cardona clearly don’t care about what the American people, including the majority of women, have to say or about safety and fairness for women and girls.

A sham and a shame. Our daughters deserve better.

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

CWA Provides Live Testimony on Title IX

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

This week the U.S. Department of Education held a virtual public hearing on Title IX and the Department’s role in addressing sex discrimination. Doreen Denny, CWA’s Vice President of Government Relations, provided live testimony on the issue of why subjective gender identity categories should not be added to sex discrimination under Title IX:

“Nothing in congressional statute or statutory interpretation of Title IX by the Supreme Court has changed the meaning of sex discrimination. The Department of Education has no legitimate authority to rewrite this federal civil rights law to redefine the immutable characteristic of sex to mean “gender identity” and thus force women to comply with allowing males who declare transgender status to have access to sex-separated schools, facilities, or sports programs for women.”

You can read Doreen’s full testimony here.

Watch Doreen’s live testimony below.

Florida Governor Protects Female Athletes

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

(L-R: Annabelle Rutledge, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Terri Johannessen)

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Florida State Director Terri Johannessen and Young Women for America (YWA) National Director Annabelle Rutledge joined a host of female athletes and other supporters of girls’ athletics at a bill signing ceremony with Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday. June 1. It was an important and energetic win for female athletes in Florida, and we applaud the boldness of Gov. DeSantis in signing the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. Refusing to bow to leftist bullies and the NCAA is a sign of true leadership, and we are thankful to every governor who is standing for truth on this issue.

It was a special Day for CWA and YWA, and we are grateful to have had a presence in the room for such a historic moment for women and for truth! Gov. DeSantis had his sweet little girl handing him pens as he signed, a reminder that protecting women isn’t only about our athletes competing today, but it is paving the way for future generations.

Gov. Bel Edwards: Sign the Bill!

By | Louisiana | No Comments

We have reason to celebrate in Louisiana! Last Thursday, May 27, SB 156, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 77/17. The bill passed both chambers with bipartisan support (13 Democrats voted for the bill). I previously wrote to you about the bill here and here.

Thank you for sending messages to the House and Senate members about this important bill that protects girls’ sports! Your voice made the difference.

But the work is not over. I need you to make one more call to Gov. John Bel Edwards (Democrat)! It is very important that he hears from those who stand with him on protecting girls’ sports.

Take Action!

  1. Contact Gov. Bel Edwards and ask him to stand with female athletes and sign SB 156. Let him know that you stand with him in support of the bill. Phone: (225)342-7015 | Email. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana, be sure to let him know.
  2. Forward this information to family and friend

Please pray for Gov. Bel Edwards that he will sign the bill. Pray that God would give him the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purposes.

 “Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:2

Anchored in Christ,

Laura Huber
State Director

NCAA Caves to Public Pressure on Women’s Sports

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

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

Texas Leadership: Protect Female Athletics!

By | Texas | No Comments

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas hand-delivered this letter to our Texas legislative leadership encouraging them to be champions for our daughters and granddaughters as we ask them to protect women’s and girls’ athletic opportunities here in Texas. They need to hear from you, too! 

You can read more about this issue here, here, and here.

Take Action – Light Up the Switchboard and Inboxes!

Contact the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House and urge them to take proactive action to secure a level playing field for girls and women athletes at all levels. It is important that we “light up their phone lines and inboxes.” The window of opportunity is closing, so please call today!

  • Greg Abbott – (512) 463-2000 | Email
  • Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick – (512) 463-0001| Email
  • Speaker of the House, Dade Phelan – (512) 463-1000 | Email

If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas, let them know.

Be sure to share this with friends and family.

 Please Pray:

  1. Please continue to pray that women will not lose the ground we have gained in the last 100 years as we see some men in our current culture attempt to usurp many of our hard-earned, sacrificial protection and opportunities.
  2. Pray for this Texas legislative session to end well in securing the protection of women.

 “For a while [the judge] refused, but later on he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end, she will wear me out by her unending pleas.’” Luke 18:4-5 (NASB)

Just like the widow, we need to be relentless in our pursuit of fairness and equality for our daughters and granddaughters! Please, contact our leaders today!

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Act Now! Save Women’s Sports in Texas!

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Action is needed today!
Help stop biological males from playing female sports in Texas schools.

The Texas legislature is holding a bill that would require public school students to compete in sports competitions based on biological sex rather than on their perceived gender identity.

The bill simply takes current Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) Rules and makes them law. (UIL is an organization that exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests for public school students.)

Bill Information:

SB 29 passed (5-2) the Senate State Affairs Committee on March 26, 2021. It passed (18-12) from the Senate floor on April 15, 2021. It was then referred to the House Public Education Committee on April 19.  SB 29’s companion bill, HB 4042, has already been heard in the Public Education Committee. In order to protect women’s sports, we need the Public Education Committee to vote HB4042/SB29 out of committee this week in order for it to go to the Texas House floor for a vote. And then, if passed, make its way to Gov. Abbott’s desk. We are so close!

We need you to contact the House Public Education Committee members and ask them to pass the bills.

Take Action:

  1. Contact the House Public Education Committee members and ask them to pass HB 4042 and its companion, SB 29. The members and their contact information are listed below my signature. You can also find the list of the committee members here. It is particularly helpful if you are the constituent of any of the committee members for you to identify yourself as a constituent! Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature.
  2. Contact your own state representative and ask him or her to support SB 29. Use this link to find who represents you.

Please pray:

  1. Pray that Texas state representatives 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 Texas.
  2. Pray for the young women who are called upon to stand strong against this adversity in the face of the “cancel culture.” Pray they will come forward to give testimony.
  3. Pray for Gov. Greg Abbott (Republican), and Speaker Dade Phelan (R-District 2), Chairman Harold Dutton (D-District 142), and the members of the committee that they may support and defend the birthright of every young girl in Texas.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 NASB

Ann Hettinger
State Director


House Public Education Committee members
Ask them to pass HB 4042 and its companion, SB 29.

Harold Dutton, Chairman (D-District 142) – (512) 463-0510
J.M. Lozano, Vice Chairman (R-District 43) – (512) 463-0463
Alma Allen, (D-District 131) – (512) 463-0744
Steve Allison (R-District 121) – (512) 463-0686
Keith Bell (R-District 4) – (512) 463-0458
Diego Bernal (D-District 123) – (512) 463-0532
Brad Buckley (R-District 54) – (512) 463-0684
Mary E. Gonzalez (D-District 75) – (512) 463-0613
Dan Huberty (R-District 127) – (512) 463-0520
Ken King (R-District 88) – (512) 463-0736
Terry Meza (D-District 105) – (512) 463-0641
James Talarico (D-District 52) – (512) 463-0670
Gary VanDeaver (R-District 1) – (512) 463-0692)

 

Fairness in Girls’ Sports Bill Introduced

By | Pennsylvania | 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

 HB972, a bill that would promote fairness in women’s sports, was introduced on April 5, 2021. Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened, and this legislation will combat that. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.

Many biological girls train and work hard to excel in their chosen sport with the goal of a college scholarship. When a biological boy who thinks he’s a girl is allowed to compete with the biological girls because of his natural endurance and strength, he steals the prize. We must ensure fairness in women’s sports.

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

Take Action:

  1. Contact your state representative and urge him or her to support HB 972. Send an email message: “Please vote YES on HB 972.” Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature. If you are a member of CWA of Pennsylvania, be sure to let them know.
  2. Please forward this on to family and friends!

Prayer: …Lord, we pray about the assault on sexuality the enemy is leveling against our world. We pray against the increasing gender confusion, against the identity crisis he seeks to create in Your creation. Our identity is found in Christ. Let that healing lesson spread among those who hurt today. Our hearts break for them. Do not let the enemy get away with the enemy’s schemes to establish a lie as a foundational truth in their lives. Let the truth that You are our Creator shine ever so brightly. May we commit our ways to You, Lord. For we know You will act. And You are good! You are God… https://concernedwomen.org/for-america-day-117/

From knees to feet,
Dilonna M. Coran
CWA of Pennsylvania

Fairness in Girls’ Sports Bill Passes – One more call to make!

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We have reason to celebrate in North Dakota! HB 1298, a bill relating to participation in athletic events exclusively for females, was passed by the State Senate yesterday, April 15. The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature. Read my press release here.

Thank you for sending messages to the House and Senate members about this important bill that protects girls’ sports! Your voice made the difference.

But the work is not over. I need you to make one more call to Gov. Doug Burgum! It is very important that he hears from those who stand with him on protecting girls’ sports.

First, pray for Gov. Burgum that he will sign the bill. Pray that God would give him the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purposes.

Second, contact Gov. Burgum here (call or email) and encourage him to stand with female athletes and sign HB 1298. Let him know that you stand with him in support of the bill. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, be sure to let him know.

Suggested message:
Dear Gov. Burgum,

Please sign HB 1298. Protect equal opportunity for female athletes and provide a fair playing field for girls and women’s sports. Individual male-born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.

Sincerely,
Your name and town

Thank you for your prayer and action on this very important bill.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

Linda Thorson
State Director

Wanted: Governors of Courage to Stand Against Radical Gender Ideology

By | Defense of Family, Erasing Women, Legislative Updates, News and Events, Sexual Exploitation, Vulnerable Children | No Comments

By Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations

In the past two weeks, we have seen significant progress in the fight against radical gender ideology in the states. Importantly, many state legislatures are embracing these debates generating greater awareness of the realities and harms at stake. They are also underscoring the necessity of having governors of courage. 

Last week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Arkansas) joined Gov. Tate Reeves (R-Mississippi) in signing the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” into law. These are notable victories following Idaho’s enactment of the first such bill last year signed by Gov. Eric Little (R-Idaho) and immediately challenged, as expected, in a lawsuit leveled by the ACLU. 

Gov. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) did the opposite. She responded to the passage of a popular House Bill promoting continued fairness in women’s sports with a “form and style” veto capitulating to noisy activists and dubious NCAA threats. Noem demanded the South Dakota legislature rewrite big portions of the bill, including removing protections for college women athletes. By putting a price tag on winning her signature, she effectively torpedoed the bill causing female athletes in her state to lose out. 

Big majorities of the public agree on protecting women’s sports for female athletes, so why the fear?   Assuring fair play for women and girls based on biological sex, not gender identity, should be something on which we can all agree. It should be a matter of biological fact, physiological advantage, and basic civil rights, not partisanship or political activism. Male athletes should not be competing in women’s sports, regardless of how they identify.

The governor’s surrender in South Dakota contrasted acts of courage by governors in Mississippi and Arkansas. It will take governors of courage across America to turn the tide toward regaining women’s rights as athletes and against hyped threats from left-wing activists, the ACLU, NCAA, woke corporations, and the Biden-Harris administration, which has thrown the gauntlet further. More governors may have the opportunity to make this choice in the coming weeks. 

Women’s sports is not the only place radical gender ideology has taken root. It is also happening on social media, in school counseling offices, and in transgender pediatric clinics where children and youth are only affirmed in their self-declared “gender identities” with irreversible medical and surgical treatments. It takes courage to stand against the Big Gender interests behind this craze damaging our daughters.  

This week, Gov. Hutchinson acted in opposite fashion on the issue of protecting children from transgender promotion. Hutchinson vetoed a bill called the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act which would prevent experimental gender treatments and surgeries on minors, citing “government overreach” (even though many government laws shield the health and safety of children from harm). A veto-proof majority had passed the measure in both Arkansas chambers and quickly chided the governor’s retreat by overriding his veto. We applaud their courage to lead and enact the first child protection bill of its kind in the nation.

A greedy and negligent medical industry is shrouding the truth about the rising incidence of gender dysphoria, disregarding the reckless and harmful nature of treatment and denying children, who have no capacity for informed consent, the ability to grow up and out of dysphoric conditions. Instead, medical activists tell parents it is the “standard of care” and the best way to deal with gender-confusion and depression. They compel life-altering decisions that stop normal development and place children on a never-ending road of opposite sex hormone treatments that make empty promises about becoming the opposite sex – a scientific impossibility.  

South Dakota was in a similar battle last year where the same governor postured concern instead of conviction over what it sought to address: the serious damage to children being inflicted by promoters of transgender medical experiments on youth. She aided the bill’s defeat in a Senate committee. 

Courageous leaders in Congress are joining legislators in other states in protecting women’s sports and protecting children, most notably in South Carolina, where Democrat Representative Cezar McKnight is spearheading a bipartisan bill, the “South Carolina Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act,” to shield children from reckless transgender treatment. These leaders need encouragement for their courageous stand. 

Concerned Women for America is committed to our role in educating policymakers and citizens on these issues and being a voice of courage standing against radical gender ideology as a promise to America’s children. Our prayer is that all governors will respond to the momentum in their states on these serious issues confronting our culture by standing for truth, at such a time as this, and leading the way.    

Call Your Senator: Save Girls Sports Bill

By | North Dakota | No Comments

We need your voice! HB 1298 passed out of the House last month and the bill is now in the Senate. HB 1298 was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee members on Tuesday, March 16. I had the privilege of testifying on behalf of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota at the hearing. You can watch my testimony here. Click on my name to the right of the video (3:21:04 mark). No vote was taken on the bill.

The Bismark Tribune covered the hearing. Read the story and my comment here.  CBS KXNet.com reported on the story here.

HB 1298, a bill that would provide a level playing field for female athletes. Read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet for important information on this issue.

Please Take Action:
#1. Email or call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee listed below my signature line and ask them to vote a “Do Pass” on HB 1298. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, please let them know. Do not hesitate to leave a message on their voicemail.

Suggested message: Please vote “Do Pass” on HB 1298.  Protect equal opportunity and a fair playing field for girls and women’s sports. Individual male-born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.

Sincerely,
Your name and town

#2. Forward this email to family and friends! Every email message and every phone call are counted!

Please Pray: Pray for our legislators on the Senate Judiciary Committee by name that God would give them the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purposes.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6:12

Linda Thorson
State Director


Members of the Senate Education Committee:

  • Madam Chair Sen. Diane Larson (Republican-District 30) Email [email protected]|Cellphone 701-400-7218
  • Vice-Chairman Sen. Michael Dwyer (Republican-District 47) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 701-400-6075
  • Sen. JoNell Bakke (Democrat- District 43) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 218-779-3961
  • Sen. Robert Fors (Republican-District 19) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 218-779-0580
  • Sen. Jason Heitkamp (Republican-District 26) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 701-640-4643
  • Sen. Larry Luick (Republican-District 25) Email [email protected] or call 701-474-5959
  • Sen. Janne Myrdal (Republican – District 10) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 701-331-0946

The Federalist: Biden’s DOJ Appointees Plan To Persecute Nuns, Police, And Female Athletes

By | Legal, News and Events, Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. attorney general, confirmed his focus on “ensuring racial equity” and “meeting the evolving threat of violent extremism” at his confirmation hearings last week.

“If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol,” he said in his opening statements, calling the events on Jan. 6, “a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government.”

Combined with other nominations being put in motion, the statements indicate we may be going back to the days of extraordinary politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other administrative agencies to go after Democrats’ enemies.

Click here to read the rest of this op-ed as featured in The Federalist.


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Calls Needed for Two Good Bills

By | South Dakota | No Comments

Two important bills will be heard on Monday, February 22. Calls are needed first thing Monday morning, February 22!

Conscience protections for medical professionals
HB1247 will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee Monday, February 22. HB1247 will provide conscience protections for medical professionals. Health care professionals should not be required to perform a certain medical procedure if carrying it out would violate their conscience. Neither should they face any form of discrimination for declining to do so.

ACTION: Contact your two representatives and urge them to support HB 1247, the Conscience Protection Act. Send an email message, “Please vote YES on HB 1247.” If you do not know who your two representatives are, click here. If you are a member of CWA of South Dakota, be sure to let them know.


Fairness in girl’s sport
HB1217, a bill that would promote fairness in women’s sports, will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee Monday, February 22. Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened, and this legislation will combat that. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.

Many biological girls train and work hard to excel in their chosen sport with the goal of a college scholarship. When a biological boy who thinks he’s a girl is allowed to compete with the biological girls because of his natural endurance and strength, he steals the prize. We must ensure fairness in women’s sports.

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

ACTION: Contact your two representatives and urge them to support HB 1217. Send an email message: “Please vote YES on HB 1217.” If you do not know who your two representatives are, click here. If you are a member of CWA of South Dakota, be sure to let them know.

Thank you for taking action on these two bills. Be sure to forward the information to friends and family.

PRAYER: Father, we ask that You would grant our South Dakota legislators wisdom and clarity as they make decisions in the coming weeks. Give them rest, good health, and protection from weariness. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Thank You,

Linda Schauer
State Director

Make a Video. Stand up for Title IX. Protect Women’s Sports.

By | YWA | No Comments

YWA Challenge: Make a Video. Stand up for Title IX. Protect Women’s Sports.

The Left’s attempt to undermine Title IX by allowing biological men to compete in women’s sports is a direct attack on you, your generation, and the lives of women to come. Attacks on Title IX set back decades of progress. NOW is the time for you to lead this conversation.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Film a 30-second video of yourself sharing why Title IX and the protection of women’s sports is so important to you.
  2. Orient your phone horizontally.
  3. End the video with this statement: “Protect Women’s Sports. Stand up for Title IX.”
  4. Send the video to [email protected]
  5. Invite your friends to do the same!

Get creative with the backdrop and/or your attire. You can film anywhere BUT if you play a sport, utilize that as a backdrop (basketball court, volleyball court, track, etc.)

Ideas for talking points:

  • Men and women are biologically different. Men have a proven biological advantage over women.
  • Title IX was created for the express purpose of ensuring a fair playing field for women and girls.
  • Female athletes are actively losing championship spots to male-born athletes.
  • The loss for girls goes beyond high school sports as it impacts college scholarship opportunities.
  • Most of all – make it personal. This is a short video, and people need to hear why this topic matters to you.
  • Don’t forget to end with “Protect Women’s Sports. Stand up for Title IX.”

Education Nominee Denies the Injustice Faced by Female Athletes

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

By Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations

As Education Nominee Denies the Injustice Faced by Female Athletes, “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act” Gains Support on Capitol Hill

This week the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions heard testimony from President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona. Cardona has served as the Connecticut Commissioner of Education, the state where female high school athletes are being forced to compete against biological boys identifying as girls.

During the hearing, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) repeatedly questioned Cardona on his views about the injustice of allowing biological males to compete against female athletes in girls’ sports. In a telling exchange, Cardona refused to acknowledge the violation of fairness and equity being denied female student-athletes in policies that allow students to participate according to their “gender identity,” not their biological sex – as President Biden mandated by Executive Order on his first day in office.

Cardona’s refusal to recognize the primary responsibility of a Secretary of Education to enforce Title IX, a civil rights law that requires equality of opportunity in education programs and activities on the basis of sex, should be a disqualifying factor. With encouragement from Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), five Republican Senators on the committee voted against advancing Cardona’s nomination: Rand Paul (Kentucky), Mike Braun (Indiana), Tim Scott (South Carolina), Roger Marshall (Kansas), and Tommy Tuberville (Alabama). They deserve to be commended for their position. Other Senators should be encouraged to follow their lead in opposing Cardona’s confirmation when it is considered by the entire Senate.

Seeing these threats to Title IX and female athletes, federal legislation to protect fairness under the law in women’s sports is gaining support in Congress. The “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act” has been introduced in the House by Congressman Greg Steube (R-Florida) and in the Senate by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). To date, they have been joined by over 30 cosponsors. This important legislation would clarify for schools receiving federal funds that it would be in violation of Title IX for biological males to participate in sports designated for women or girls.

Joining advocates in support of Senate introduction, Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations for CWALAC, had this to say:

“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. Concerned Women for America LAC is grateful for Sen. Mike Lee and cosponsors of the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act for being the true champions of Title IX and female athletes in today’s gender-crazed world.”

CWALAC sent a letter of endorsement to the bills’ sponsors, applauding them for standing with us in support of female athletes and upholding women’s equality of opportunity under federal law. It is time to encourage all members of Congress to take action and cosponsor the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.

Please visit CWA’s Standing with Female Athletes page to learn more!


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Stand with Female Athletes 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. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Carolina is proud to support H3477, The Save Women’s Sports Act. Read our letter of support for the bill here.

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. 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.

H3477 legislation has been introduced in the House and referred to the Judiciary Committee, where it has stalled. We are urging the committee to take up this bill, and we need your help.

Please take action!

#1. Contact Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chris Murphy, and the Speaker of the House, Rep. Jay Lucas, and let them know you want H3477 to be heard and voted on. Also, if you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Carolina, be sure to let them know.

Chairman Murphy: 803-734-3120 or Contact Page
Speaker Lucas: 803-734-3125 or Contact Page

#2. Contact the bill sponsor, Ashley Trantham, and thank her for standing strong to protect women and girls.
Rep. Trantham: 803-212-6966 or Contact Page

#3. Please forward this e-mail to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on behalf of this important legislation.

Keep this issue in prayer. We pray that the House leadership will see the importance of this legislation and that God would give them wisdom and discernment. We also pray for Rep. Ashley Trantham as she leads the fight on this issue. We pray that she continues to stay strong as the attacks continue.

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

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Madison Rainey
State Director