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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:

Autumn LevaA 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:

Blaine Conzatti.jpg“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?

SaveGirlsSports padded leftWhile 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!

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“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.

 

Kansas state Representative Renee Erickson shared her experiences in sports and her hopes for her granddaughter to have the same opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Synek of Nebraska Family Alliance shared her perspective as an athlete and why she cares about working to #SaveGirlsSports in her own state!

 

 

 

 

Even the Women’s Liberation Front, a group of self-described radical feminists, joined with us to spread this important message! We’re thankful for their partnership on areas of shared concern.

 

 

 

U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (of Georgia) shared what girls’ sports meant to her personally and why she stands with Family Policy Alliance to #SaveGirlsSports.

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler (of Missouri) explained the importance of Title IX, the harm of the ACLU’s attempts to undermine it, and why she supports the #SaveGirlsSports movement

 

 

 

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:


Pat McWethy shared her many athletic experiences over the last 50+ years and explained why it matters that we #SaveGirlsSports. Thanks for sending that video, Pam!

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

Sincerely,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

Dear Friend,

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?

Sincerely,


John Paulton


Meridian Baldacci

 

 

 

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.

Sincerely,

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.

Would you partner with Family Policy Alliance?

Gratefully,

Meridian Baldacci
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.

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

Dear Friends—

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!

Blessings,

Vince Torres
President & Executive Director

Friends,

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:

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.

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.

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.

Do you want to get involved and #SaveGirlsSports? Here are four action items:

  1. Add the #SaveGirlsSports frame to your profile picture. Don’t know how? Click here for instructions.
  2. Post about #SaveGirlsSports on social media (you can find a few sample posts here).
  3. Send a message asking the NCAA to reject ACLU bullying of Idaho athletes. It only takes a minute of your time!
  4. 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,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

Save Girls’ Sports Week has been a success so far, thanks to your help spreading the word to kick off the campaign. Now it’s time to take action. Please sign this petition to lawmakers asking them to #SaveGirlsSports in their own states.

With your help, we hope that more state legislators will be empowered to sponsor bills that #SaveGirlsSports, just like Representative Barbara Ehardt did in Idaho.

Rep. Ehardt was a Division I NCAA basketball competitor and coach. In both roles, she saw how strong and talented women could be – and she developed a great appreciation for the gift of separate men’s and women’s sports divisions.

She knew that letting males compete in female sports wouldn’t be fair. And she knew that it was time to put that on the record in her home state of Idaho.

As a state legislator, Rep. Ehardt has been a champion for Idaho’s female athletes, where she sponsored the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho was the leading organization on the ground shepherding the bill all the way to veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers and the Governor’s signature. Your outreach to elected officials played a significant role in making that happen: thank you.

The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act is a simple law that ensures girls’ sports are reserved for girls. No boys allowed. It’s a recognition that men have certain athletic advantages over women, and that even when men identify as women and try to “transition,” those advantages (gained in puberty) aren’t eradicated.

Without a law like Fairness in Women’s Sports, males could have the opportunity to win female-only competitions – and the scholarships and other elite advancement opportunities that come with them.

Sadly, Idaho is the only state with a law like Fairness in Women’s Sports today – and its law is under attack. The ACLU has sued the state and seeks to enjoin the law. They’re also pressuring the NCAA to ban NCAA-sponsored events in the state as “punishment” for this good law. And, this week California banned state-paid travel to Idaho as its own form of punishment.

It shouldn’t be that way. Girls in every state should have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field, and no state should be attacked simply for protecting girls’ sports.

That’s why Family Policy Alliance is on a mission to #SaveGirlsSports. Many of you have helped spread the word over the last few days – thank you.

Now it’s time to take action. If you haven’t already, please sign this petition to state lawmakers supporting laws like Fairness in Women’s Sports. Your voice is critical to help pass laws that Save Girls’ Sports in other states in the future. Every voice matters. When you’ve signed, you may consider sharing with your friends who care about saving girls’ sports.

Our daughters may depend on it.


Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

Throughout high school, I competed in both cross country and track. My relay team broke our school record repeatedly, I won the 800-meter at the regional competition, and we earned spots on the podium at the state championships. The opportunity to compete, to be part of a team striving to reach the same goals, to earn a ribbon or point for my team—that made all the pre-dawn bus rides, the physical pain of training, the hours of practice every week,  the pre-race jitters, and that terrible last stretch of the 400-meter worthwhile.

My team was able to get brand new uniforms at some point during my high school career. We had locker rooms to ourselves at my school and at each school we traveled to for competitions. We always had travel allowances for away meets, and our team had just as many competitors as the boys’ team—sometimes even more.

To be honest, I never thought about it at the time, but a federal law called “Title IX” made all of this possible for me and my team. Title IX, part of a suite of civil rights laws, became law on this day in 1972. Title IX ensures that girls have the same access to educational and athletic opportunities as boys.

In other words, if I had been in high school in the 1960’s instead of the 2000’s, I may not have had the opportunity to compete in my sports at all. And even if I did, I probably would’ve had terrible uniforms (if any), no travel stipends, terrible practice schedules to accommodate the boys’ practice times, no championship opportunities, and on and on. It’s no surprise that prior to 1972, only 1 in 27 girls played sports.

Today, every 2 in 5 girls play sports—thanks to Title IX! So, on this, the 48th anniversary of Title IX, we should be celebrating. Nearly 50 years of girls having equal access to athletic opportunities and a massive increase in female athletic participation are worth celebrating! I especially should be celebrating because I now have a baby daughter, and I hope to cheer her on at her own future competitions.

But I’m not celebrating. I’m not celebrating because I’m not sure my daughter will be able to enjoy the same opportunities in athletics that I did.

Nearly 50 years of Title IX, and it seems that activists have girls’ sports on the chopping block to score a political point. They are pushing to permit boys to take spots on girls’ teams (and girls’ athletic scholarships)—if the boys “self-identify” as girls.

And in many cases, the groups leading the charge are the same groups who fought for Title IX in the first place! For example, the ACLU is leading a lawsuit in Idaho (the only state with a law reserving girls’ sports for girls) – despite their former fights to protect female athletes.

In other words, the ACLU once championed girls’ sports—now they fight to make boys girls’ sports champions.

It’s a slap in the face to Title IX and to past, present, and future female athletes of all ages. After all, if boys can simply take the place of girls on their teams, at their podiums, and in their scholarships, what’s the point of having female divisions at all? We may as well erase Title IX and go back to the 1960’s.

Clearly the ACLU and other activist groups have abandoned their decades-old fight to advance athletic opportunities for girls.

But I haven’t, and neither has Family Policy Alliance—and we know you haven’t either.

In fact, we’re at a critical cultural moment as the battle over the very definitions of “male” and female” rages. We can’t afford to lose.

So today, instead of celebrating the anniversary of Title IX, I am going to ask you to

Step 1:  Be sure to sign the #SaveGirlsSports petition—this takes less than 1 minute and goes directly to your lawmakers. Every lawmaker and court in America needs to know that we will not stand by while girls’ sports are used as a pawn in a political game!

Step 2:  Ready to do more? Join the movement on social media! Post about why girls’ sports matter to you using #SaveGirlsSports. You can also change your profile picture so that it looks like mine above with the teal #SaveGirlsSports logo: Click “update” on your profile picture, then “add frame,” and then search for the #savegirlssports frame!

For our girls—yesterday’s, today’s and especially tomorrow’s,

Autumn Leva
Vice President for Strategy

P.S. If you want to learn more about #SaveGirlsSports, check out our Save Girls’ Sports page!