Last night, the NCAA forced a girl to take second place simply because her opponent was male.
In a race where female swimmer Emma Weyant should have won, Lia Thomas – a male who identifies as female – was instead crowned winner in a national women’s swimming championship.
And the rest of this weekend, he’ll have two opportunities to claim additional women’s titles.
This is a reminder of why states across the nation need to Save Girls’ Sports through college! So far, eleven states have passed laws protecting female athletes — including six with protections through college. More must follow suit.
It’s no secret that males have athletic advantages over females. Some of these advantages include greater muscle mass and greater cardiovascular capacity – plus apparent advantages like height.
That’s one reason women have their own sports competitions in the first place.
When female athletes are forced to compete against male athletes, they lose out on scholarships, titles, and career opportunities simply because of their biology.
Ultimately, they lose out on fairness and the opportunity to enjoy a truly competitive environment.
Girls across the country should be able to count on fair athletic contests. But when males are allowed to compete in female contests, the competition can be over before it begins.
That’s why we’re asking you to join us in sending messages to the NCAA asking for fair competition for female athletes. Your message will be delivered directly to NCAA leadership. They need to hear from you.
It’s time to give girls their lane back. Please ask the NCAA to ensure that girls’ sports are just for girls.
Standing with you,
Director of Strategy