Hopes and Dreams

June 25
Share:

I went to school with girls and young women who had incredible God-given talents and abilities. I’m sure you probably did as well. Some were National Merit Scholars or excelled at certain subjects they loved. Others were excellent musicians, and still others amazingly gifted athletes. Most had hopes and dreams of going to college and perhaps even someday having a career in their areas of specialty.

I think we can all agree that it should not matter whether you are male or female, if you want to be a musician or intellectually excel in some field or be a star athlete. You should be able to pursue your hopes and dreams without discrimination.

Years ago, it was a definite disadvantage to be female and try to achieve these things, so Title IX, part of a suite of civil rights laws, was passed in 1972. It ensures that girls have the same access to educational and athletic opportunities as boys. Title IX states, “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.” As a result, the examples of intellectual, musical, or athletic prowess I noted above are all protected under Title IX. Until now that is.

Sports have now been targeted as one activity where it would be fine undoing almost 50 years of Title IX equality for girls. All in the name of how “sex” is defined. The new definition of sex would be interpreted as gender, and so it includes transgender individuals competing in girls’ sports. The sad irony is that girls are now to be discriminated against using the same law that gave them equal rights decades ago!

Why is this so unfair? Biological males have advantages like greater bone density, muscle mass, and cardiovascular capacity than girls. This remains true even after males who want to be female have undergone hormone treatment, such as transgender individuals.

What if your daughter or granddaughter is gifted in track and field or perhaps swimming? Along comes a boy who identifies as a female and competes in her races. There go your daughter’s/granddaughter’s chances of winning, and in some cases, chances of getting college scholarships. Scholarships in sports such as track and field and swimming can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, and some are multiyear, so we are not talking about just a few dollars.

That is why we need to #savegirlssports. Allowing fair and equal opportunities for biological males and females was the point of Title IX and we need to preserve it, instead of some revisionist history of what it meant.

Are you willing to get involved? If so, there are some quick and easy things you can do.

  • Post on your social media account now using #SaveGirlsSports.
  • Sign our petition to lawmakers, supporting efforts toward laws protecting girls’ sports.
  • Forward this email to anyone who may want to participate in this campaign.
  • Check out the Save Girls’ Sports webpage to find out more.

Thank you for helping to save girls’ sports and thank you for protecting the hard-won Title IX equality our daughters and granddaughters enjoy!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director