The Title IX legal provision was originally designed to minimize discrimination based on sex. But today, some say it could be used to do just the opposite, as the Biden administration introduces amendments to the law that would put biological male (transgender) athletes in the same category as women. Among those pushing back against the proposed changes is Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) who wants to, in part, see the definition of a woman codified into law to protect women’s rights.
“My Administration will continue to fight tirelessly to realize the promise of Title IX—that every person deserves an opportunity to pursue their education free from discrimination and realize their full potential,” Biden said in the press statement. “I am committed to protecting this progress and working to achieve full equality, inclusion, and dignity for women and girls, LGBTQI+ Americans, all students, and all Americans.”
More specifically, the U.S. Department of Education put out a statement clarifying what the amends to Title IX would achieve.
In response, Republicans, Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) and Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) have both introduced bills to fight the changes the Biden administration wants, in order to protect women’s rights.
In addition, Lesko recently introduced the Women’s Bill of Rights.
Although Title IX was created to protect women’s rights, Cammack said it would do just the opposite if the Democrats’ amendments are approved.
“It would just further rob biological women and girls of the titles and podiums and awards that they have worked their entire lives to achieve,” said Cammack. “I think it's a slap in the face what the administration has done, really trying to cater to the woke mob, by including gender identity.”
"Republicans want to follow the science, which tells us that biological males have a physical advantage over biological females," said Cammack.
“And if we're going to be talking about fairness, then start with the science, the science is telling us that these biological males have a distinct advantage in speed and strength, and physical structure that allows them to excel beyond what women can.”
“[It’s] a slap in the face to all these women who have trained, who have prepared, who have completed their entire life. They have sacrificed so much just to really come to the top of their sport, and again, this is just eroding women's rights,” said Cammack.
The Florida congresswoman said she is open to creating a third-gender sports category so transgenders can compete against each other.
“And I think that there is some sort of middle ground that we can come to when it comes to males who want to compete under a different gender, but they won't be competing against women and biological women,” said Cammack.
Cammack said Republicans are proud of the legislation they have introduced, “but we now have the tough task ahead of us of actually passing this legislation and getting it to the Senate.”