Four brave female athletes have stood up in support of a bill proposed by House Republicans aiming to protect women’s sports.
The act would bar male competitors from participating and the four courageous ladies are advocating for their rights as elite athletes. They believe preserving fair competition is essential for all levels of sportswomen everywhere.
Bill Seeks to Protect Women from Competitive Disadvantages in Sports
On Wednesday, Rep. Greg Steube of Florida took a stand against the Biden administration’s legal interpretation by introducing the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.
This bill seeks to protect women from potential competitive disadvantages created when biological sex is disregarded as an eligibility requirement for female sports teams.
Seeking further fairness on this issue, Rep. Steube proposed similar legislation earlier this year during Congress’ 117th session.
Time and time again, the far-Left only favors fairness when it aligns with their woke agenda. It’s simple: biological males have no place in women’s sports.
Today I reintroduced my bill to ensure women & girls a fair playing field in competitive sports!https://t.co/077zHCVyMu
— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) February 1, 2023
Four remarkable female athletes, Riley Gaines (former University of Kentucky swimmer), Macy Petty (Lee University volleyball player), Margo Knorr (North Dakota State University high jumper) and Chloe Satterfield (high school tennis player) gathered together at an event to make a powerful plea: protect educational and athletic opportunities for women’s sports teams.
They voiced the importance of these laws in not only providing equal opportunity, but also protecting their physical safety when competing on the field or court.
Shocking news has come out of the 2022 NCAA championship’s 200-meter freestyle race. All-American swimmer, Gaines publicly addressed Republican lawmakers and reporters about a tough “tie for fifth” she experienced with biological male Lia Thomas from University of Pennsylvania.
In her statement, she revealed no one had taken into consideration how competitors such as herself felt when faced with these conflicting situations in sports competitions today.
“The NCAA forced female swimmers to share a locker room with Thomas, a 6’4” 22 year-old male who was fully intact.”
“Let me be clear. We were not forewarned. We were not asked for our consent. And we did not give our consent.”
Riley Gaines pic.twitter.com/TrHg4G7goo
— mazeks (@mazeksjj) February 1, 2023
Women Athletes Experienced Severe Physical Traumas
After a tearful promise that they would go to the championship together, Thomas was handed his trophy “for picture purposes,” while Gaines discovered months later that she had been presented with one in the mail.
Thomas defied the odds, going from a mediocre swimmer on Penn’s men’s team to an NCAA champion in the women’s division.
Despite being ranked no better than 462nd nationally amongst his peers, Thomas rose above adversity and beat out three Olympic athletes to make history at the female championship meet.
It’s not every day that a sprinter is also the fastest miler in their country, but according to Gaines, that was just the case. While many applauded Will Thomas’ impressive stats and power on track fields nationwide, his fellow female athletes faced an additional challenge of competing against biological males.
In one particularly worrying instance this past year – involving a volleyball match – those stakes were taken even higher when injuries resulting from a male spike landed some females with severe head and neck traumas.
After facing criticism for her vocal stance on educational reform, Petty remained unwavering in her crusade.
“My detractors said this wasn’t a real issue; however, I believe it goes deeper than just providing more learning opportunities,” she explained. “This is about the safety of our children and future generations.”This article appeared in TheDailyBeat and has been published here with permission.