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Democrats Are Destroying Women’s Sports Title IX Was Created to Protect

By Rep. Steve Scalise and Rep. Debbie Lesko 

Fifty years ago today, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 into law. Title IX mandated parity for men and women at educational institutions that received funding from the federal government. Sadly, Democrats are turning the original intent of Title IX on its head and are advocating for biological males to compete against biological females – effectively destroying women’s sports.

The purpose of Title IX was to update the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which, at the time, did not ban discrimination against women at educational institutions. A byproduct of the Education Amendments of 1972, which sought to give women an equal playing field in education, led to women’s sports teams at the K-12 and collegiate levels receiving the same funding as men’s sports teams.

Thanks to this, the number of female athletes has grown exponentially.

According to the National Library of Medicine, from 1973 to 2018, the percentage of high school sports played by girls increased from 24.2 percent to 42.9 percent. The authors note, “Girls’ participation in high school sports continues to grow not only in numbers but in the types of sports played.

During the 1971-1972 school year, less than 300,000 girls participated in their high schools’ athletic programs while there were over 3.5 million boys participating during the same time period. Fast-forward to the 2018-2019 school year, and there are more than 3.4 million girls participating in their high schools’ athletic programs.

This expansion wasn’t just limited to high school sports.

In 1972, less than 30,000 female athletes competed in intercollegiate sports. In 2020, a record number of students competed in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports– with over 280,000 men and 220,000 women participating in their colleges’ professional sports teams.

Every American has the right to freely express himself or herself, as long as their actions do not infringe upon the rights of others, but that is exactly what is happening in women’s sports. Allowing men to compete in women’s sports ignores hundreds of years of science, biology, and reality. It tosses out specific rules designed to keep athletic competition fair.

We have heard the heartbreaking stories of young women and girls from across the country who are losing competitions and even scholarships to biological males who choose to identify as women and girls. Unfortunately, many of these young women who try to speak out have been threatened and silenced.

In an open letter, 16 athletes on the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team wrote, “It has often felt like Penn, our school, our league, and the NCAA did not support us,” and said that they were told that they would be removed from the team or “we would never get a job offer” if they spoke out publicly against Lia Thomas’ inclusion in women’s competition. 

Lia Thomas went on to win the NCAA women’s 500 freestyle, beating out an Olympic silver medalist. This is a deep distortion of Title IX and takes successes away from the women who have earned them in the name of gender identity politics.

While the world governing body for swimming has banned many transgender athletes from competing in women’s events, this measure comes too late for the women who have already lost opportunities and medals because they had to race against biological men. 

In order to help protect the future of women and girls’ sports, Democrats should remember the bedrock of Title IX – equality for women.

Women’s sports should be reserved for the women and girls who work hard and train for them, not men. Biological males should not be allowed to participate in women’s sports. Sports that are designated for girls should only include girls.

This should not be a partisan issue.

As President Biden and Speaker Pelosi perpetuate the left’s radical gender ideology, women deserve better from their elected leaders. It is shameful that Democrats’ divisive politics and radical gender ideology ignore basic science and are destroying women’s sports that Title IX was created to protect.


Reprinted with Permission from - Fox News by - Steve Scalise

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Sue
6 days ago

Genes don’t lie—they identify.

Charles Koppenhoefer
6 days ago

Males in sports & transgender males should not be allowed to engage in Womens sports what so ever , it is unfair & ruins the sport. AMERICA is going down hill in just about everything we do .

Mike
6 days ago

Our newly elected Supreme Court judge can’t even define a woman, yet Biden stated he wanted a black “woman” to fill the position . This is inconceivable! It’s common sense to normal people, but these democrats in power disrupt every thing that makes sense! The reason why they think this way is all about the vote . They think every A,B,C person will vote Democratic. Just like they think all these ILLEGALS will vote for them . It’s sick ! November can’t come fast enough, and 2024.

Hal
6 days ago

Yep! DemocRats will destroy anything that is rational and practical … they can’t take advantage of ripping it off and/or controlling it, so they mess it up hoping it will heal in their favor. I have come to think that the DemocRat Party is a real danger to the welfare of the American citizenry.

Cheryl Brown
6 days ago

If these transgenders are the real thing lets see them have a baby, from start to finish. Second of all Ive never seen the word transgender in the bible , Gods Word;

Tony
5 days ago
Reply to  Cheryl Brown

Eunuch

Garye
6 days ago

The marxist democrat party seeks to destroy everything about America so its really not a surprise that even God given genders are under attack!
There is something truly wrong with any political party who wastes time,money and energy on something which such as re-writing gender oddities and forcing minors to even consider such nonsense.
What is the matter with these politicians? What
Citizens to them these areas are a priority?
Who asked them to spend the taxpayers money on such perverse and weird personal matters?
I believe these are all marxist democrat diversions aimed at seeing how far they can push real Citizens or an attempt to shame normal people into tolerance of issues NOBODY cares about while they destroy America from within!
They are evil,self serving,immoral ,Godless failures.

Enuf Said
6 days ago

Remember when the ALPHABET people were allowed to be Boy Scout leaders! How did that work out?

Enuf Said
6 days ago

Well, what do you expect. a Dim SCOTUS doesn’t know what a “woman” is?

Hal
6 days ago
Reply to  Enuf Said

Not surprising … I’d bet even a SF House Rep doesn’t know what a woman is … she shows it by disagreeing that she is a witch??? LOL

Christopher S Huber
6 days ago

this is a travesty, we must return to a society of common sense policies and moral values on which our country was founded. God Bless Us All!!!

Garye
6 days ago

All good , common sense principals that NO marxist democrats possess.

Jeb
6 days ago

Tremendous irony involved here either women are to be respected in the sports arena and in the job place or their not. Can’t have both dimwits. I suggest you really rethink this. What is more important, 50% of the population or a single digit fringe group?

JEFFREY JONES
6 days ago

SAVE THE U.S.A…..DESTROY THE DEMONRATS, LIBTURDS, AND OTHER AMERICA HATERS!!

Steve Bate
6 days ago

Women compete with men to be combat soldiers and marines, police and fire fighters. Why not in sports?

Jeb
6 days ago
Reply to  Steve Bate

That is a choice

Hal
6 days ago
Reply to  Steve Bate

Women competing in Men’s sports does not need to be legal to allow women to compete in sports … which have their own rules. And most “Men’s” sports deny female participation for obvious reasons which I won’t go into. But Mother Nature cheated women in the limits of physical capability in general and on the well-documented average …. and there is a social/athletic connection that that might intimidate most men in fear/concern about harming a woman physically … and most men don’t care to have that hanging over them when they compete in physical sports. In general controversy in this issue seems pretty petty and moot to me. Men and women are different (even Joe Biden knows that), and in general the Male has more physical powers built by nature into their physical makeup. I think complainers on this issue need to get real. There are many other and many more issues that should be given serious concern. It seems that this issue gets more ridiculous as time passes … maybe the news media covets this as a good issue to sell the news????

jocko
6 days ago

libs DESTROY EVERYTHING. THAT’S WHY they ARE SO CANCEROUS. TO BAD they DO NOT DESTROY themselves. THEN WE’D BE ON OUR WAY TO UTOPIA

TED ADAMS
6 days ago

I know if I had the money, I would cover any scholarships lost by these women, so they can move on. This is tragic, but fortunately this is only a small part, but I think it will backfire in the future with these transgenders, as they may win in youth, but they will not be able to overcome the future things that will affect them because they will lose in the end, as in Galatians that what one sows in seed, but it will come back in the whirlwind.
I would also offer women’s sports where only women would be allowed. I would do this legally as a private individual not as an institution in such a way that the government would not be able to say how I need to do this.
Also there are big women that could overcome these trans persons and leave them also in the dust. In any case, there needs to be a way to overcome this type of nonsense till it can be ended,

Steven
6 days ago
Reply to  TED ADAMS

Love the way you think Ted. I would do the same.

Steve
6 days ago

I am woman hear me Roar ! Guess they will speak up after competing against enough “women ” with beards and get tired of losing . If not Uncle Joe will handle it .

Dave H
6 days ago
Reply to  Steve

Are you likening a current individual to Uncle Joe??The original “Uncle Joe” was not all that benevolent.

Amacer
6 days ago

Anything the Democrats touch turn wicked.

Luke
6 days ago

This entire gender-identity thing can be traced back to school unions I think. Unions typically vote democrat. Teachers can not stand their ground in schools reinforcing gender identity because unions will not permit it. So, they’re stuck supporting whatever the candidates support. Three generations along now and there is a numbness to what used to be good and right. Now, nothing can be good unless everybody’s included; and, nothing can be right unless everything from everywhere is accepted. Insanity reigns supreme in public schools where kids are actually forced to think about which bathroom to use. Generations have lost their identity because of unions and the extortion/money pit that they have become.

Charlie
6 days ago
Reply to  Luke

I agree with you when it comes to school unions. The concept of educating students is a thing of the past and the PC culture reigns supreme. This is why many parents are homeschooling or finding other means to have their children educated. The “Dumbing Down Of America” was formed for one reason: Ignorant people are easier to CONTROL. This control, in my opinion, includes some teachers who are afraid of losing their positions if they defy the union for actually teaching and standing for non-PC lessons. The first step to reforming public education should be eliminating the unions, the PC lessons, the huge management overhead and having teacher compensation directly tied to student performance. Today, there are few who can keep a straight face when they realize what public education has become.

Harriet
6 days ago
Reply to  Luke

Remember this when you go to the polls to vote. That is the only way to stop this craziness

Hal
6 days ago
Reply to  Harriet

I agree in principle … but even that is in jeopardy when elections are rigged.

Dave H
6 days ago
Reply to  Luke

I remember some very good teachers who were in the profession because they liked kids and wanted to teach. Unfortunately there are many individuals who are in “Teaching” today because of the pay and benefits.When I was in college we were told that Professional ethics does not allow professionals to join a union. I recall we had a whole hour devoted to professional ethics.Education used to be about learning how to think now what to think!

Lynn
6 days ago

The only way you stop this is to vote Republican in every election for school boards, town council, mayors, state & federal representatives & senators.

Luke
6 days ago
Reply to  Lynn

Nope. The Republican party has blown virtually every chance at legitimacy since at least, Obama’s second term. They are lazy and scared of Pelosi. Soon, one party will be just as money-focused as the rest.

David
6 days ago
Reply to  Luke

Very sad but very true.

Charlie
6 days ago
Reply to  Lynn

Sadly, not all Republicans are the same as we would like them to be: Conservative, honest, hard working and actually care about the people they serve. Suggestion: Use a Russian adage when it comes to all politics: “Trust, but verify” and vote accordingly.

Hal
6 days ago
Reply to  Lynn

Sad but accurate in present and some past eras of American history. The dominant elements of Communism and mass Socialism have functional elements that suit the attitudes and goals of high ego self-appointed Godlike people … which eventually turns them. In Star Wars it is call “The Dark Side.” Democracy breeds and tries to protect equal rights (not equal results), whereas Communism breeds to force special rights to support a small upper class of Rulers who basically function as if GODS. Hmm … that seems to bring the DemocRat Party to mind!!!!

artzy
6 days ago

I forgot to mention, the Liberals are the ones with their shoe on the necks of Women. They even want to demean them so they “know” that they are insignificant.

Terry Socall
6 days ago

The real question to ask is, “Why do we continue to allow this type of insanity?”

Luke
6 days ago
Reply to  Terry Socall

“We” don’t. Each of us must identify the enemy of natural order and condemn it. Those who intend to include everybody in everything are the insane ones. It ‘might’ be a noble idea to pursue but it ends up EXCLUDING more people than it includes. Feminists are an incredibly stupid lot of females who never speak up when it counts most for women.

There are reasons why a woman’s place in this world is different than a man’s place. They simply do not occupy the same purpose. This is not taught in American schools – it’s not ‘inclusive’. But, that doesn’t mean that “we” embrace insane indoctrination.

Hal
6 days ago
Reply to  Terry Socall

Answers to your query: rigged elections are allowed to continue, majority news media is overwhelmingly under biased in support of the DemocRat Party and its propaganda, we cannot get elected Congresspersons that will pass needed Constitutional term limits to Congressional members and Exec Dept Heads (e. g., IRS, FBI, HLS, etc.). In summary, we are in the throes of a system that is geared to function as a Constitutional Democracy, but it is not functioning that way based on results.

Garye
6 days ago
Reply to  Terry Socall

THROW OUT ALL marxist democrats and lying rinos!

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