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Update! Make a call on behalf of Virginia female athletes

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“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

Updated February 1, 2023

 

HB1387, a bill to help ensure fairness in women’s sports, passed out of the Higher Education Subcommittee on Monday. Thank you for making calls and praying. Your efforts made a difference!

The bill is now headed to the House Education Committee and could be voted on Friday, February 3. It is important that the Chairman and members of the committee hear from you.

 

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 – from kindergarten to high school to college.

 

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. This ought not to be so.

 

Read CWA’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet 2022.

 

ACTION: Contact the members of the House Education Committee and ask them to vote yes on HB 1387. Click here for both the phone number and email address of the House Education Committee members. If you are a member of CWA of Virginia, be sure to let them know.

 

Please forward this information to family and friends.

 

Please PRAY: Father God, we give thanks for another day of life. We give thanks for Delegate Greenhalgh and her willingness to file HB 1387. We pray for the Virginia House of Delegates Education Committee and their handling of this legislation. We pray that the committee members will not be overcome with timidity and “political correctness” and will handle this issue with wisdom and courage. In Jesus’ name, we pray, AMEN.

 

Looking Unto Jesus,

Teresa Pregnall

State Director

Women’s Group Endorses Legislation to Protect Female Athletes on National Girls & Women in Sports Day

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For Immediate Release
February 1, 2023

Contact:  CWA Communications Team
[email protected]

MEDIA ADVISORY:

Women's Group Endorses Legislation to Protect Female Athletes on National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Prevents males from stealing their trophies, their scholarships, and advancement in sports

Washington, D.C. – On National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), representing hundreds of thousands of women and girls across the country, has endorsed the Protecting Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023 to ensure women’s sports are protected under Title IX.

 

The bill, authored by Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) and introduced by Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) today, recognizes the discrimination taking place against female athletes in sports when male athletes identifying as women are allowed to participate in their competitions.

 

“Female athletes are losing their rightful places to advance and win in their own sports when they are forced to compete against biological males,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC. “Women and girls deserve to have Title IX, the 50-year-old civil rights law that respects female athletes and guarantees equal opportunities and benefits for all athletes, be reinforced by this important legislation.”

 

The Protecting Women and Girls in Sports Act will clarify the responsibility of schools receiving federal funds to prohibit discrimination against female athletes based on biological sex. Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination is based on sex – male and female. It does not define sex based on “gender identity.” It does not sanction males, with distinct physiological advantages regardless of treatment, to compete in female sports. 

 

“No male, however he identifies, will ever shed his XY chromosomes, menstruate, or give birth,” says Nance. “Male bodies have larger hearts and lungs and higher hemoglobin levels that enable the body to oxygenate muscles faster. Science tells us they have bigger bones and muscle capacity, larger feet and hands. To deny these facts is to deny science.”

 

Policies allowing for inclusion in sex-specific sports on the basis of “gender identity” have no substantiation in biological fact or valid medical research to defend males competing in female athletics.

 

“Female athletes are under attack by an insidious form of sex discrimination driven by identity politics and condoned by schools and sports officials who are denying women and girls equal rights to their own sports. Sadly they are unwilling to stand up to protect fairness and inclusion for female athletes,” said Doreen Denny, CWA Senior Advisor. “Rep. Steube and his colleagues are working to make sure that does not continue to happen.”

 

CWA has filed three discrimination complaints against colleges, including a civil rights complaint under Title IX against the University of Pennsylvania for allowing Lia Thomas, a biological male swimmer, to compete in the NCAA championships in female competition.v

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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.

Loudoun County Hellscape Part II: Reckless Disregard for Women’s Safety

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The abduction and sexual assault of a female student at Broad Run High School were preventable. This much the grand jury report states unequivocally—and appropriately so. The school administrators’ reckless disregard for women’s safety was systemic and has been going on for years at Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS).

When the perpetrator raped a young woman at Stone Bridge High School, the first time that we know of, the school had already been alerted to his dangerous sexual tendencies. When a teacher alerted her superiors, the administrators questioned her motivations. You see, the boy who ended up assaulting two female students wore a skirt. LCPS strives to be very sensitive, welcoming, and accepting of transgender students. That’s the priority.

When the rape of the young woman in the female bathroom was first reported, one of the first emails explaining the situation was from LCPS’ chief operating officer, who stated unequivocally that the incident “related to policy 8040.” The grand jury report notes, “Policy 8040 addresses the rights of transgender and gender-expansive students.” In other words, the focus of LCPS from the beginning was not on the victims and the safety of other female students potentially at risk but on the perpetrator’s rights…

 

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Press Release: Women’s Rights will be Violated by Biden Administration’s Title IX Rule

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For Immediate Release                                                              Contact:  CWA Comms Team

September 13, 2022                                                                     [email protected]

 

CWA Files Opposition Comment to Discriminatory Proposed Rule

 

Washington, D.C.  –  Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy women’s organization in the country, announced today that it filed a comment in opposition to the Biden Administration’s proposed Title IX (Rule) titled “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Educational Programs and Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance” (Docket ID # ED-2021-OCR-0166).  The Rule was proposed by President Joe Biden in June, and the comment period closed on September 12.

 

“Forcing a new interpretation of sex under Title IX is a direct threat to every woman and girl in America,” reads the comment letter addressed to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and signed by CWA CEO and President, Penny Nance.  “What this Rule does in practice is nothing less than erase our status and protections as female. There is an inherent and insurmountable conflict in the scope and application of sex discrimination proposed in this Rule that disproportionately harms biological women and girls. It is already happening today: female students are being assaulted in school restrooms; female athletes are forced to surrender their privacy in the locker room and lose their rightful opportunities in their own sports.

 

“Most certainly, the Department should not be gutting the very foundation of Title IX and the meaning of ‘sex’ with the vague, undefined, subjective category of ‘gender identity’ thus stripping women of vital protections under civil rights law. Mandating a new form of discrimination against women and girls is an affront to our dignity and humanity. Being male and female is an unchangeable fact of the natural world that differentiates human beings from conception. It is part of our genetic makeup.

 

“This Rule will straitjacket every educational program and activity to abide by its direct assault against our daughters and to perpetuate an insidious gender ideology that socializes students to believe they can be ‘born in the wrong body.’ The women of CWA object to this Rule in the strongest of terms.” 

 

Encouraged by CWA, thousands of women and men from every state across the country sent unique comments opposing this Rule.  A record-breaking number of comments were submitted according to the Department of Education.

 

For more information on opposition to the Rule by CWA and other likeminded organizations, please contact [email protected].

 

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Concerned Women for America is the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at www.concernedwomen.org.

Back to School and “Gender Identity” Indoctrination

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As students return to classrooms, Biden’s LGBTQ Title IX Rule is on a fast track to enshrine a destructive rewrite of the meaning of “sex” into our nation’s civil rights laws that will force every school to indoctrinate students in “gender identity” ideology or face charges of sexual harassment and discrimination. 

 

Watch this brief video, The Hijacking of Title IX, to learn more about what is happening in schools that  Biden’s Rule will make permanent and take action.

 

Transactivist groups are working overtime to flood the Department of Education with comments demanding that this rule be finalized as written. They know if civil rights laws rewrite the meaning of “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity, every school will be expected to promote the PRIDE agenda of LGBTQ activists, teach the “gender unicorn” and homosexual attraction in curriculum, and force girls to share restrooms, locker rooms, and their sports teams with any boy who declares he is a girl. Teenage girls struggling with body changes will be encouraged to trans-identify by taking testosterone and removing their breasts to appear masculine. 

 

This radical agenda will become the priority of our education system. The sword of Biden’s trans mandate will hijack the original intent of Title IX to protect women’s rights to equal opportunities in education. It will unleash a tyranny of indoctrination in our schools at every level of education, requiring them to affirm unlimited “sexual and gender identities,” self-declared “pronouns,” and secret “gender support plans” shielded from parental view. 

 

Comments opposing Biden’s radical rewrite of Title IX are the only way to prevent Biden’s LGBTQ Rule from becoming the law in every state. Every comment received before the September 12 deadline counts! 

 

Act Now! Watch The Hijacking of Title IX and click here to write a comment to the U.S. Department of Education telling why you oppose Biden’s Title IX Rule.

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

Defining Reality

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Who defines what is? It’s a strange question. Most people would struggle to even grasp the question at first. The point is reality. Who defines it? The Founding Fathers had a beautiful way of describing things that are “self-evident.” All men are created equal. Says who?

 

Reality says—truth. But the truth is under assault in our day and age. The Founders embraced a Judeo-Christian worldview precisely because it best describes (helps explain) the reality of the human heart and experience. It is self-evident that babies are born male or female. We can observe it and know that it is true. When we look at Scripture, we get insight into that observable reality. “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)

 

Science, of course, confirms it, as science is based on scientific observations. Our biological makeup, physical, chemical, and psychological, bears witness to that reality. As scientific advancement gives us more information about DNA and XY chromosomes, we only gain more evidence of what is a well-established fact.

 

But from the beginning, the garden’s serpent came to question what was. “Did God actually say?” was its attack then. It still is today. We must realize that this is the battle, in politics, the culture, the church, within your very soul! We either hold on to reality or succumb to the enemy’s manipulations.

 

Redefining reality does not change it. A man is not a woman because he believes he is a woman. He does not become a woman if everyone else around him goes along with it. He and those going along with it are living a lie and lies will always conflict with reality. You may believe you are the man of steel, but you step in front of a bullet at your peril…

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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.”

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

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.

Save Women’s Sports in South Carolina

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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

Another opportunity to support girls’ sports in Texas

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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

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

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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

No Celebration: Nearly 50 Years of Title IX Equality for Women at Risk

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By Morgan Schlesselman, CWA Government Relations Intern

June 23, 2021, marks the 49th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX was spearheaded by former Congresswoman Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Indiana), who believed that women were entitled to equal opportunities in education and athletics. As Birch Bayh put it, “It’s unfortunate. Title IX is rather simple: don’t discriminate on the basis of sex.”

Lin Dunn, a women’s professional and college basketball coach for more than 40 years, said, “I honestly believe that the package of Title IX, that piece of legislation, is one of the most powerful pieces to empower and impact women ever.” Dunn is correct; before Title IX was enacted, women received fewer than 10 percent of all medical and law degrees, and only one in 27 high school girls played sports. Now, one in two high school girls play sports, and women possess more than half of the bachelor’s and graduate degrees in this country. According to the Women’s Sport’s Foundation, female participation in sports leads to better grades, higher graduation rates, fewer unplanned pregnancies, higher levels of confidence and self-esteem, lower levels of depression, and more positive body image than females who do not play sports.

However, the Biden Administration is actively working to overturn the equal rights women and girls gained under Title IX.  Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights sent a Letter to Educators on the 49thAnniversary of Title IX  explaining that “sex-based discrimination” includes gender identity and sexual orientation. This change in definition to include gender identity puts all the progress of the last 49 years at risk. Allowing biological males to compete in sports for women and girls means less space for female athletes on teams, the loss of scholarships, and the loss of awards and other opportunities.

It has been well established that the male body is naturally bigger, stronger, and faster than the female body. The physical advantage men have is what led to the creation of separate categories for women’s sports to provide a fair playing field and equal opportunities for female athletes. It has not taken long to see the impact of allowing biological males into female sports. In just three seasons, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s policy that allows any male self-identifying as a girl to compete in girls’ sports led to two transgender runners taking 15 women’s state championship titles and more than 85 opportunities for higher level competitions from female track athletes.

Biological males are not just taking opportunities and championships from females at the high school level, but college as well. In May 2019, a transathlete from Franklin Pierce University became the first biological male to win an NCAA track and field title in the women’s  400-meter hurdles. Just sixteen months prior, the same athlete had competed on Franklin Pierce’s men’s team. With the re-definition of sex under Title IX and a decade-old NCAA policy that embraces the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports, female athletes will face a new barrier to equal opportunity in their sport.

Seeing the potential impact of these policies on female athletes, many states are working to pass legislation requiring participation in sports based on biological sex. This year, governors in seven states signed bills into law. However, these states now face the threat of being stripped of the opportunity to host NCAA championships. The NCAA has pledged “only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected. We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants.” In the eyes of the NCAA, granting females fairness and equal opportunity to compete only against biological females is “discrimination.”

While many state legislatures and governors have taken initiative to protect fairness in women’s sports, the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is making their priorities to do the opposite very clear. In a statement of interest in B.P.J. v. West Virginia State Board of Education, the DOJ argues that any law that bans transgender girls from competing in female sports is unconstitutional because it violates Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Title IX was once a huge victory for women’s rights, equality, and female empowerment. Today, with the push to redefine what it means to be a woman, female athletes are facing a new fight for equality. Is this what Congresswoman Mink and Senator Bayh had in mind?

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

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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.