We’ve heard it over and over this election—all eyes are on Georgia. The entire nation waits for the runoff elections in Georgia that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. But that’s not the only thing happening in Georgia.
The Peach State’s Senator Kelly Loeffler introduced groundbreaking legislation in D.C. to save girls’ sports. If passed, the bill would help ensure that only girls play in girls’ sports. As a former athlete and co-owner of a WNBA team, Senator Loeffler knows how valuable the opportunity to compete fairly in sports is to girls and women.
Yet in some states, female athletes are already forced to compete against boys and men for the sake of “politics.” Only one state, Idaho, has passed a law to preserve girls’ sports for only girls—standing up to activists and politicians who would destroy female athletics for the sake of allowing men, who identify as girls, to compete in female divisions.
Sadly, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have pledged to make legislation that would cave to transgender ideology and political agendas their top priority. Senator Loeffler’s legislation could not have come at a more critical time.
Senator Loeffler’s bill, S.4649, would make it a violation of Title IX for schools to allow biologically male students who identify as female to play in girls’ sports. Title IX is the federal law that protects equal educational opportunities – including school athletic opportunities – for girls.
Five cosponsors joined Senator Loeffler’s bill as cosponsors: Senator Mike Lee (Utah), Senator James Lankford (Oklahoma), Senator Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), Senator Tom Cotton (Arkansas), and Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (Mississippi). That means there are 44 other senators whose names should be on this common-sense bill! Girls’ sports should not be a partisan issue, nor should it be the pawn of political activists.
Idaho should not be the only state in the nation that believes girls’ sports are worth protecting for girls.
As a former female athlete myself, I can’t thank you enough!
Vice President for Strategy
P.S. After you’ve asked your senators to sign onto Senator Loeffler’s bill, if you’d like to thank Senator Loeffler for her efforts to save girls’ sports, we’ve also made it easy for you to do that through our action center! Thank Senator Loeffler now!
The nationwide movement to #SaveGirlsSports has never been stronger, and today there’s a big development.
Family Policy Alliance is excited to stand with Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in her effort to #SaveGirlsSports by introducing new federal legislation that would make sure schools keep girls’ sports for girls if they receive federal funds.
The bill would make it a violation of Title IX for these schools to allow biologically male students who identify as female to play in girls’ sports. Title IX is the federal law that protects equal educational opportunities – including school athletic opportunities – for girls.
This common sense and scientifically sound legislation would follow in the footsteps of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, the groundbreaking Idaho law passed this year with the help of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho and the thousands of you who emailed and called to make your voice heard.
Here are three reasons why federal law should explicitly protect school sports for girls:
- Throughout the nation, girls are losing athletic competitions and scholarships to biological men. Female track-runners at Idaho State University lost to a biological man in a women’s event at the Big Sky Conference Track and Field Championships. In Connecticut, four female high school athletes sued their state interscholastic athletics conference after two biologically male athletes won 15 girls’ state championships. These are only two examples of the numerous instances across the nation of males competing in girls’ school sports—placing females at a sharp disadvantage.
- Americans overwhelmingly support protecting girls’ sports. Recent polling shows that most Americans – including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents – agree that female athletes should not be forced to compete against biological men.
- Preserves the spirit of Title IX for future generations of girls. Title IX has made a world of difference for female opportunity in sports: before the law only 1 in 27 girls played sports, versus the 2 in 5 that play today. Forcing female athletes to compete against biological men effectively cancels out Title IX protections for girls. If Title IX means anything, athletic opportunities for girls must be protected.
The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act builds on Senator Loeffler’s impressive pro-family legislative portfolio, and we are incredibly grateful for her boldness in introducing this important and timely legislation. As we saw in Idaho, the political Left is bound to respond with vitriol, hostility, and a deep disregard for biological realities.
At Family Policy Alliance, we’re working hard to advance policies like these that can help #SaveGirlsSports. Idaho was the first state to protect girls’ sports, but we have a vision to help protect all female athletes around the nation, too.Will you help us make that vision a reality? With a sacrificial gift of $100, $50, or even $25, you can help us #SaveGirlsSports by guaranteeing fair play and equal competition for our daughters.
The extreme Left wants to ignore biology in the name of a radical agenda, but here at Family Policy Alliance we are working every day to recognize God-given realities and help give families – including female athletes – the opportunity to thrive. Will you join us?
Standing for our girls,
Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
President and Executive Director
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho
Director of Advocacy
P.S. Endorsed early on by Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, Senator Loeffler has been an ally for our organization throughout this fight. Earlier this summer, she recorded a video in support of Family Policy Alliance’s #SaveGirlsSports social media campaign. Watch below:
Over the last few months, you helped pass the first law in the nation to reserve girls’ sports for biological girls. As you may know from our previous updates, there’s an ongoing lawsuit surrounding that important law. Last night, a federal judge issued an initial ruling in the lawsuit. Here’s what you need to know.
What law is at stake?
Idaho’s groundbreaking “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” championed by Family Policy Alliance of Idaho since its legislative inception, is designed to ensure that girls’ sports are reserved for biological girls. Without the law, biological males who identify as female were competing in girls’ high school and college sports—placing female athletes at a disadvantage.
What’s happening in the lawsuit?
The ACLU sued the state of Idaho over the law, seeking to allow males to play in female sports categories. Last night, a federal judge temporarily halted the law’s enforcement – but that’s not the end of the story.
The injunction is only a temporary measure while the lawsuit moves forward. Going forward, the state won’t be alone in defending this important law: the judge also allowed two female athletes from Idaho State University to intervene in favor of the law. The women, represented in court by Alliance Defending Freedom, were forced to compete against a biologically male athlete at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track & Field championships last year. All women in the event placed behind the biological male.
The law also has the backing of the Trump Administration.
The US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a ruling earlier this summer that a Connecticut policy allowing boys to play in girls’ sports violates Title IX (the law that ensures girls have access to equal educational and athletic opportunities with boys) and could result in loss of federal funding. Similarly, the US Department of Justice filed a motion in support of Idaho’s law.
How is Family Policy Alliance responding?
Even as the lawsuit continues in Idaho, Family Policy Alliance will continue to stand for fair sports for girls in Idaho and beyond. This morning, we issued the following statements to the media.
From Autumn Leva, Vice President of Strategy for Family Policy Alliance:
“A young girl should never be placed in the position of losing out on a championship or scholarship simply because a male was allowed to compete in the female sports category. Yet that potential outcome is held in the balance today in Idaho. The eyes of the nation are on Idaho as a federal judge takes steps to decide whether female athletes can count on a fair playing field – or whether years of work to advance female athletic opportunities will be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. In a court of law, where justice ought to guide the judge’s decisions, we hope the final outcome will uphold fairness. But as we await that decision – and whatever form it ultimately takes – Family Policy Alliance will continue to fight to Save Girls’ Sports wherever we have opportunity. Our daughters are counting on us.”
From Blaine Conzatti, Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho:
“We know this law is constitutional, and we remain confident that ultimately it will be vindicated in court. The Trump Administration supports this law as essential to preserving the spirit of Title IX for future generations of girls. We know the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act is on strong legal footing.”
What happens next?
While we await further developments in the Idaho lawsuit, Family Policy Alliance is already looking toward advocating for similar laws in other states wherever we have opportunity to do so. This summer, we launched a nationwide “Save Girls’ Sports” campaign to build awareness around the issue of males competing in female sports. As part of that, thousands of you have signed our petition to state lawmakers asking for laws similar to Idaho’s.
And it’s no wonder that so many of you signed. Recent polling shows that a majority of Americans – including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents – agree that female athletes should not be forced to compete against biological men.
Americans know that female athletes deserve a fair playing field in sports. There is nothing discriminatory about laws that protect equal opportunities for female athletes – and we firmly believe that protecting that equal opportunity is an important step for state legislators to consider in the time to come.
Family Policy Alliance continues to fight for these laws in Idaho and elsewhere!
“When it comes to sports, I believe that every athlete deserves a fair chance at success. In track and cross country, boys and girls are divided into different categories, and even into different heats (or skill levels) to keep things as fair as possible. Every athlete is responsible for working their way up to a better level, and every athlete deserves a chance to do so. When boys compete in female competitions, it takes that opportunity away from girls, many who are working hard to make it to a better rank. Due to the biological and physical build of boys, they have a natural advantage over girls when it comes to athletics. … While I do race against a transgender athlete, I have never experienced a loss competing with him. However, there are definitely girls who have, and I don’t want that to happen to me or any of my teammates down the line.” – Izzy, a high school runner, is pictured above.
We don’t want that to happen either, and we know you share that sentiment. That’s why we’re so grateful for the way you participated and made a difference during #SaveGirlsSports Week. While our work to Save Girls’ Sports will continue into the future, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights of this past week and celebrate the down payment made on the victories to come.
This week, we saw posts supporting #SaveGirlsSports from a range of perspectives. Coaches, concerned citizens, and of course current and former athletes all participated on social media. Here were some of our favorite posts:
Kaeley Triller of the Hands Across the Aisle Coalition shared that her women’s sports scholarship, made possible by a federal law called Title IX, was what allowed her to finance college. Today, groups like the ACLU (who once defended women’s sports) are attempting to undermine Title IX by using it to allow boys to play in girls’ sports.
And, one of our favorites that YOU sent us came from Pat McWethy of Virginia, a 74-year-old women’s basketball player with a wealth of perspective on Title IX and a huge heart to #SaveGirlsSports:
And that’s not to mention the many supportive tweets from individuals and partner organizations all over the country.
We were blown away by the support from national and state partners around the country!
This week and leading up to the campaign we were featured in outlets including The Federalist, Focus on the Family’s Daily Citizen, the Christian Post and Kevin McCullough’s Radio Night Live. We have been blessed to publish pieces in The Washington Examiner (forthcoming Monday) and The Daily Signal.
Most importantly, YOU made a huge difference this week at the grassroots level. Thousands of you signed our petition to state lawmakers, sent letters to the NCAA, and encouraged the Trump Administration to continue to stand strong for female athletes. And some of you even gave sacrificially to ensure this mission continues into the future. THANK YOU.
Thanks to you, #SaveGirlsSports Week was a success. Now, the real work must happen: fighting to #SaveGirlsSports in Idaho and beyond. With your support, we know
Policy and Communications Strategist
If there were any doubt about the timeliness of Save Girls’ Sports Week, the Left has erased that with their latest attack – and your help is urgently needed to stop it!
As you may recall, last month President Trump’s Department of Education released a decision that a Connecticut policy allowing biological males to play in female sports violated federal law. Which law did it violate? Title IX, the federal law that made women’s sports possible at the level we have them today, and whose anniversary we’ve honored this week with Save Girls’ Sports Week. The Department’s decision was a significant step in support of female athletes.
But now Trump’s Administration, and especially the Department of Education, is under intense pressure to walk back its stand for female athletes. Why? Because, in the view of Left-wing lobbyists, the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision from last week that redefined “sex” to include “gender identity” should expand to permit boys’ (who identify as girls) to compete in girls’ sports. In fact, though, the Court (thankfully) refused to deal with other issues like girls’ sports in the Bostock decision. If Bostock were applied to girls’ sports, it would indeed have disastrous effects on women’s opportunities. The Court did not discuss girls’ sports, and we cannot let left-wing activists act as though it did.
Here’s our urgent request for you today: will you send a message to President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, thanking them for their support for female athletes and urging them to STAND STRONG?
So far, the Trump Administration hasn’t buckled, but the pressure is enormous. Your voice – combined with thousands of others – will help bolster any doubters in the Administration.
Finally, thank you for your participation in Save Girls’ Sports Week. Because of you, the #SaveGirlsSports message has spread, we’ve gathered thousands of signatures on our petition to state lawmakers, and geared up for efforts to Save Girls’ Sports in Idaho (the only state with a proactive law to protect girls’ sports) and other states. And it’s not too late to add your voice via social media if you haven’t done so yet!
But most of all today, will you take one minute to make your voice heard to President Trump and Secretary DeVos?
Last week we shared about the Supreme Court’s narrow but disastrous ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, and the effects this decision now has for business owners. This week we want to address the two other major issues that the Majority of the court tried to minimize: Religious freedom and girl’s achievements.
How Bostock effects religious freedom:
While we are disappointed with the outcome of the Bostock case, we remain optimistic that this narrow decision dealing with public employment leaves room for future rulings that will take a different approach to protecting religious freedom. And in fact, the decision almost asked for future cases when the Court specifically noted how “doctrines protecting religious liberty interact with Title VII are questions for future cases.”
How Bostock effects girls’ sports and privacy:
When it comes to how this will affect protections for girls and women, we just don’t know yet. One ominous note is that the Majority did indicate that it may not be willing to protect women in other areas of the law. One of those areas is Title IX of the United States Education Act which was clearly enacted to protect women, not men.
This ruling has also diminished the real lived experiences of women all across our country who have fought for the right to vote, to be recognized in the work force, and to have the opportunity compete in sports. This was even noted by Justice Alito in his dissent.
Just this year, our sister organization in Idaho, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, helped enact a law that protects the ability for girls to compete in sports. The law is now being challenged in court by the ACLU. If you would like to read more about our efforts and support girls’ sports across the nation, visit our Save Girls Sports website and participate in #SaveGirlsSports Week which runs through tomorrow.
Here are some things that Kansas women are saying about #SaveGirlsSports:
Rep Barb Wasinger (R-Dist. 111)
My senior year of high school (1976) I was a member of the Student Council. Before Title IX was implemented in the early 70’s there were very few choices for girls to be involved in athletics.
As a member of the Student Council, I got to be part of discussions of how to implement Title IX effectively for the young women in the District. No one understood how important this was more than I did. Throughout my school years, I was active as a swimmer and competed in the summer months. Yet, I was never able to compete in sports during the school year because swimming wasn’t available for women. We can’t go back to a time when girls had limited opportunities to grow and excel through sports.
I saw these advances play out for my daughter as she was able to play volleyball throughout middle school. The joy of her being able to choose – and be able to compete against other young women was amazing. There is good competition and not unfair competition. We cannot turn back the clock back 48 years and undo the progress we’ve made.”
Rep. Susan Humphries (R-Dist. 99)
“Our daughter Grace was an incredible track athlete. This is photo was taken in 1999, when she got second in state in the long jump. Just imagine if she would have had to compete against a biological boy –she would have given up, and never gone to the AAU Nationals track meet.”
Rep. Kristey Williams (R-77)
“When I was just a young girl, Title IX came into effect to provide equal opportunity for female athletes that attended any school that received federal funding. No longer could schools provide disproportional opportunities for males over females. Fast forward to present day and we now have a movement to reverse this decision by allowing biological males who identify as females to compete against our daughters. I have three daughters and one son and can easily see their innate differences. On so many levels, this is an inequity and an injustice for girls and does nothing to protect their ability to fairly and safely compete. If we really stopped to examine the issue with eyes wide open, there would be no dispute of the facts and the harmful ramifications of allowing this unfair treatment of girls to progress.”
We are so appreciative of each of these women who are willing to speak up for girls. I encourage each of you to join myself and these women by signing our petition and posting on social about #SaveGirlsSports this week!
As a woman, this case only inspired me to fight to protect hard-won victories for girls so that the girls that come after me can have the same opportunities that I have had. More than ever we need to stand up for religious freedom and for the dignity of women. This decision does not get the final word on this topic and we will continue to work to protect the God given dignity of every Kansans to live out their faith.
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
Did you know? A 2019 Rasmussen poll revealed that a majority of Americans oppose letting biological males play in girls’ sports. We know you’re in that majority.
But sadly, American laws and practice don’t represent that majority viewpoint. Instead, only one state in the country (Idaho) has a law ensuring girls’ sports are reserved for girls, and that law is under attack from the ACLU.
That’s why we’ve led the #SaveGirlsSports Week this week: to build awareness for the issue and highlight the voices of those who believe in fair opportunities for female athletes.
But #SaveGirlsSports is so much more than a single awareness week. At Family Policy Alliance, it’s something we’re working on year-round, in Idaho and other states.
With enough funding, we will help defend Idaho’s law, push back against the ACLU’s attempt to destroy girls’ sports, and get to work in other states to pass laws to save girls’ sports like Idaho’s. But we need your support to do that. As a non-profit ministry, we rely on the generous and sacrificial support of people like you who care about the family and who care about protecting opportunities for the next generation. It was your sacrificial support that made the victory in Idaho possible. And it will be your sacrificial support that will win future victories as well.
Would you be willing to give a sacrificial gift to help #SaveGirlsSports? Your support will help us as we work to protect girls – and fight for families on other pressing issues around the nation.
With all that’s happened for girls’ sports – and even on sex and gender issues more broadly – we have our work cut out for us. But by God’s grace, it’s a challenge we want to meet – and one we hope you’ll join us for.
Policy and Communications Strategist
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!
President and Executive Director
Forty-eight years ago this week, amendments to the Higher Education Act were passed by Congress and signed into law by President Richard Nixon. While the amendments cover many different issues within higher education, the legislation became famous for a provision known as “Title IX.” Title IX includes a particular phrase which 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” (Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute; 20 U.S. Code § 1681 – Sex).
This Title IX statement has been the basis for the vast majority of women’s sports programs in the nation today. In 1972, there were just 30,000 women participating in NCAA sports, as opposed to 170,000 men, and the number of collegiate sports’ scholarships given to men was almost 6 to 1.
Over the past 48 years, the number of women participating in NCAA athletic programs has multiplied five-fold. Today, more girls are able to access scholarships and other benefits associated with girls’ sports than ever before. However, all the work to provide opportunities for girls to benefit from their own sports programs is now under threat from some who wish to allow biological men to take advantage of opportunities reserved for women.
When men are allowed to play in girls’ sports divisions, girls can have championships, scholarships, and other elite opportunities stripped away. Therefore, as a father with a young daughter, I am pleased to report that Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico® is working together with our national allies to support the national #SaveGirlsSports campaign.
Recently, Idaho passed important legislation to ensure that the promise of Title IX will not be washed away with boys taking over girls’ sports and seizing the awards and scholarships young women have worked hard to earn. However, this legislation is now under attack by the ACLU and others, and we need your help to push back.
This week is Save Girls’ Sports Week across the nation, and this is what you can do to help #SaveGirlsSports:
1. Please post on your social media accounts and use the #SaveGirlsSports hashtag. If you are or were a female athlete, we encourage you to share a photo or story about why this issue matters to you. Not a female athlete? Please post in support of female athletes and in support of fairness. Just remember to use #SaveGirlsSports. You can also change your Facebook profile picture to support the campaign. Add the #SaveGirlsSports frame to your profile picture in a few simple steps. Simply go to your profile on the Facebook app; tap the camera icon on your profile picture; then tap “Add Frame” and search for #SaveGirlsSports.
2. Please click here to sign our petition to lawmakers asking them to support laws like Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. Idaho may be the first state to Save Girls’ Sports, but it cannot be the last.
3. Please forward this email to everyone you know who may be interested in participating. It may be a female athlete or their friends and family. It may be another concerned citizen, or even an organization or local group you are part of.
4. Please consider sending a gift to support our efforts in this endeavor and others in New Mexico. As we shared last week, we need to raise an additional $5,000 by June 30. Thanks to the generosity of ministry partners like you, we are 25% of the way there. So if you recognize the importance of our work and have not yet given, please partner with us today by clicking here!
President & Executive Director
The last several weeks – heck, this whole year – has been quite a roller coaster. I’d like to call your attention to a few recent items:
- The US Department of Justice supports the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act!
Late last week, the Trump DOJ filed a court brief in support of the new Idaho law limiting participation in girls’ high school and college sports to biological females. This huge development came only a few weeks after the federal Department of Education ruled that a Connecticut policy allowing men to play in girls’ sports violates Title IX. “Allowing biological males to compete in all-female sports is fundamentally unfair to female athletes,” said US Attorney General William Barr.
- The ACLU wants the NCAA to “boycott” Idaho. Sign the petition now!
It’s sad but true. The ACLU, which once defended Title IX’s promise of equal access to educational opportunities for girls, wants the NCAA to “boycott” Idaho. Specifically, the ACLU wants the NCAA to relocate the 2021 Men’s Basketball Championships that are currently scheduled to be played at the Taco Bell Center in Boise.
The ACLU is sending the message that female athletes are only tolerant and inclusive if they are willing to compete against biological males. Use our action center to send a message asking the NCAA reject the ACLU’s bullying.
- California has banned state travel to Idaho.
Calling our newly passed fair sports and birth certificate laws “discriminatory,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has banned state travel to Idaho. The ban mainly applies to state employees, but it also includes college sports teams. California has prohibited taxpayer-funded trips to 12 states, most of whom have religious freedom protections that liberal Californian politicians disagree with.
Maybe the travel ban will reduce the number of Californians moving to Idaho? I’m only joking.
- #SaveGirlsSports Week marks the 48th Anniversary of Title IX
Do you want to get involved and #SaveGirlsSports? Here are four action items:
- Add the #SaveGirlsSports frame to your profile picture. Don’t know how? Click here for instructions.
- Post about #SaveGirlsSports on social media (you can find a few sample posts here).
- Send a message asking the NCAA to reject ACLU bullying of Idaho athletes. It only takes a minute of your time!
- Sign our petition to state lawmakers asking them to introduce and support laws like the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act in their states.
Standing with you,
Director of Advocacy