Yes, I Want to Help Save Girls’ Sports!

Sports should be fair. High school teams should be just for high schoolers. State championships should be just for competitors in that state. And girls’ sports should be just for girls.

sgs girl in blueBiological boys have numerous physiological advantages that make it hard or even impossible for female athletes to compete against them. Males have greater bone density, muscle mass, and larger hearts and cardiovascular capacity than girls. Even if a biological boy is taking cross-sex hormones, he retains his biological advantage over girls. This is why federal and state laws and virtually all professional athletic teams allow for a distinction between men’s and women’s sports.

It’s a concept that’s supported and protected by federal law. Title IX is a federal law that was enacted to prevent discrimination against women and girls in their educational opportunities, including in school sports. It has served to ensure girls are not relegated to the sidelines in their own sports. While some, like the ACLU, have attempted to argue that prohibiting boys from playing on girls’ sports teams is a violation of Title IX, this argument is far from true. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights recently ruled that a policy allowing boys to compete on girls’ teams violates Title IX. The Department’s reasoning: when we allow boys on girls’ sports teams, we are denying girls the opportunity to compete fairly because the boys have a biological advantage and are able to force girls out of winning spots.

When winning spots are taken from girls, this also prevents girls from being able to expand their resumes, get noticed by college recruiters, and earn athletic scholarships. In short, letting boys play in girls’ sports means giving boys the chance to steal opportunities reserved for girls.

That’s why Idaho recently became the first state in the nation to pass the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. It protects girls’ athletic opportunities by ensuring that only biological females can compete in girls’ sports—this means that boys who say they’re girls cannot compete on girls’ sports teams. And rightfully so! Allowing biological boys to compete on sports teams is fundamentally unfair towards girls.

This law protects the athletic, championship, and college opportunities of female athletes. In the words of the Idaho legislature, “having separate sex specific teams furthers efforts to promote sex equality. Sex-specific teams accomplish this by providing opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their skill, strength, and athletic abilities while also providing them with opportunities to obtain recognition and accolades, college scholarships, and numerous other long-term benefits that flow from success in athletic endeavors.”

Idaho may have been the first state to pass this kind of law, but it shouldn’t be the last. I support laws like Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act because I care about protecting our girls and the opportunities afforded to them.

I stand with the thousands of other Americans who want to Save Girls Sports!

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