women/girls who played sports before Title IX 1972
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Take Back Title IX
As U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona stated on the anniversary of Title IX, “Over the last 50 years, Title IX has paved the way for millions of girls and women to access equal opportunity in our nation’s schools and has been instrumental in combating sexual assault and sexual violence in educational settings.” We agree! So, why ruin a good thing?!
WHAT IS TITLE IX?
On June 23, 1972, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act was signed into law. Title IX specifically states that “No persons in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” This means that anything in the education arena that is provided to men, must be provided for women.
Title IX opened doors of opportunity to women and girls that hadn’t been there before. For example, prior to Title IX, 1 in 27 women played sports, but in 2016, 2 in 5 girls played sports.
However, “in celebration“ of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the US Department of Education released their proposed changes to Title IX regulations that would dramatically change the future for women and girls in federally funded activities and programs. One of the most profound impacts would be found in schools. Their proposal? Change the long-standing definition of “sex” to include “sex stereotypes, sex-related characteristics (including intersex traits), pregnancy or related conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”
The impact of such a definition change would:
- usurp and violate parental rights,
- in effect, eliminate female-only sports,
- diminish opportunities and scholarships put in place specifically for females,
- put women and girls in greater danger,
- reinforce harmful gender ideology in educational curriculum,
- curtail free speech by broadening the definition of sexual harassment, and
- eliminate a series of due process protections.
The impact of such changes will negatively impact privacy protections, altering education and sports programs and activities, reduce opportunities, including for scholarships, for our daughters and granddaughters, while negatively impacting the identity of our children as boys and girls, and increasing the social phenomenon of gender dysphoria.
The Department of Education relies on the Supreme Court Case, Bostock v Clayton County, to justify these changes. However, the Bostock decision explicitly states the reasoning only applies in the context of employment.
Now is the chance for you to make a difference!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
A government portal has been set up for you to make a comment submission. It is very straight-forward and easy to do. In addition, this governmental body is required to read every submission, large and small – before they can finalize the new “Rule.” So rest assured, your input will be read and considered.
Let your opinion be heard.
Follow submission instructions below and enter your comments today!
Read through the “Talking Points” (below) and the “concerns” (at the right) for ideas to include in your submission.
Personalize it with your own words and experiences to make it unique.
Concerns regarding proposed changes to
Eliminates female-only sports. If the proposed education “rule” goes into effect, we would be left with male and co-ed sports. Biological males could “identify” on to female-only teams, effectively eliminating female-only sports.
Diminishes, even eliminates, opportunities for women and girls to participate on teams, obtain scholarships, thereby compromising career options, along with reducing their chance to stand on the winner’s podium. Men are built differently than women. There is no amount of hormones that can change their lung capacity, bone structure, muscle mass.
These changes remove safeguards that were created to protect women from the inherent danger of male violence, especially in a state of undress. The proposed changes allow biological males in women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, travel accommodations, etc.
Changes to educational curricula will include sexual orientation and gender identity exploration. Gender dysphoria is deeply painful to persons affected by this problem. That said, the vast majority of children who struggle with their sex come to accept their biological sex by adulthood.
Sets the stage to encourage children and youth to transition to a different sex – representing a radical experiment in gender engineering. After being pioneers in gender-affirmation treatment and seeing the results more than fifty years later, as of 2022, Sweden has moved away from pushing gender-affirming medical treatment for children. The UK’s largest gender clinic, Tavistock, is being shut down due to similar concerns. Why would we not learn from their experience?
Parental rights will be compromised with parents having little to no knowledge or control over what is happening with their child, at school, in regard to sexual orientation and gender identity issues.
Negatively impacts due process for those accused of sexual harrassment or violence. Many colleges have failed to abide by the Fourteenth Amendment, which promises due process protections for all. SAVE’s Analysis of Judicial Decisions Affirming the 2020 Title IX Regulation reviews 175 judicial decisions in which judges issued decisions against universities.
The new Title IX regulation seeks to remove key due process protections for persons, especially male students, accused of violating campus sexual misconduct policies. To protect against this, eleven states have already felt the need to enact campus due process laws.
1) Look over talking points and determine how you will write your submission. (Remember, you can make more than one submission – in fact, please do!)
2) Personalize your submission by including some type of “personal reflection.” This will make your submission stand out. Let them know why the current understanding of Title IX remains important to you.
3) If used, reword the talking points, below, to avoid the reviewers just lumping your submission with others.
4) Include questions in your submission. The agency is required to address all questions.
5) Go to: the federal registry to make your submission. Click on the green box on the top right titled “Submit a Formal Comment.”
6) BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE DOCKET ID #: ED-2021-OCR-0166.
7) If you prefer to write up your submission in a word processor, you can submit up to 20 files. Each files must be no larger than 10mb.
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- Title IX was meant to promote women’s athletics. Biden’s regulatory rule to redefine “sex” to include “gender identity” will upend Title IX and significantly harm biological women competing in sports.
- Women will lose out on scholarships, resulting in lost educational and career opportunities. This new rule will allow biological men to rob women of not just their trophies, but their scholarships too. This impacts corporate boardrooms—one study revealed that 94% of senior female executives played competitive sports.
- This rule change puts women and girls at risk of serious physical harm. Women and girls will be forced to occupy the most private of places with men—including dorm rooms, locker rooms, bathrooms, overnight accommodations, and any other safe, sex-segregated areas.
- Students will be in jeopardy of losing funding at their schools. The Left claims to be pro-student, but any school that maintains safe and separate bathrooms and locker rooms for biological males and females will be at risk of losing federal funding.
- This issue is bigger than just sports, and it affects our sons as well as our daughters. Teaching children to question their biology and gender is untested and unscientific. Young children and developing adolescents are being harmed by this political agenda. After sex-reassignment surgery, transgender-identified people are nearly 20 times more likely to die from suicide than the general population.
- Don’t redefine our daughters and sons’ identities. Up to 98% of children who struggle with their sex as a boy or girl come to accept their sex by adulthood. Our boys and girls need educators and mentors to support parents as they raise strong, loving, and intelligent men and women. At school, students should receive education and reinforcement, not a government imposed identity crisis.
- The proposed regulations unlawfully redefine ‘sex’ to mean ‘gender’ and ‘gender identity,’ opening up private female educational spaces to any male who identifies as a woman. If enacted, this rule will allow males onto women’s sports teams and into women’s locker rooms, travel accommodations and sororities.
- Plans to force public schools to socially transition children without their parents’ consent or knowledge. The Department of Education’s proposed Title IX rule undermines a parent’s right to make decisions about his or her children, and that is unacceptable. Ask the question: On what legal basis may the federal government require public schools to work against parents with respect to the “best” interests of a child?
- In sexual violence cases, eliminates the basic due process protections, including the right to a written explanation of the charges of which one is accused and the right to test those allegations through cross-examination. This is unfair, and it is un-American. The Department of Education should work to stop campus Kangaroo courts, not encourage them!
- New proposed Title IX regulations pressure schools into punishing ‘offensive’ speech about sex, sex roles, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects student speech, even when that speech offends some listeners. Ask: How can public schools possibly comply with the proposed rule and also meet their constitutional obligation to protect free expression?
- Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX does not mention gender or gender identity. Although Congress is free to add other categories to civil rights laws, it has not done so. The Supreme Court recently held in West Virginia v EPA that executive agencies may not adopt regulations that go beyond the scope of the statute as written. And the Bostock decision, which extended employment protections to trans-identified people applies only to Title VII and to the workplace. Ask: On what legal basis are you administratively expanding the categories of people protected by Title IX beyond those designated by Congress?
- Title IX, which turned 50 this year, is working just as intended. In fact, since its passage in 1972, there has been an explosion of educational and athletic opportunities for women and girls. Ask: What legal basis do you have for meddling with this success? The Bostock ruling applies only to Title VII and to the workplace. It has nothing to do with Title IX or education. Is there another rationale for your decision to amend the law by administrative fiat? If not, I urge you to revoke this unlawful rule.
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