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A few days ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) finalized revised regulations, containing several elements that
are important to women’s health, and to our long-term legal rights and
interests. Below is WoLF’s summary and analysis of these new regulations.
The HHS regulations cover numerous topics not discussed below
that are beyond the scope of WoLF’s primary organizational focus, and we take
no position on those aspects. Additionally, we’ve seen a few odd social media
posts falsely claiming that WoLF supports the totality of the new ...
The Supreme Court’s majority decision in the Bostock
case was great news for LGB people. WoLF agrees that employment discrimination
on the basis of sexual orientation is wrong, and we celebrate that part of the
decision. The Court’s ruling on “transgender status” however, is a disaster for
A number of people have claimed that the ruling in Harris
Funeral Homes (issued in same order as the Bostock case) was good
because it upheld a biological definition of sex or because it made it illegal
to fire a man for wearing a dress.
The ruling did neither of ...
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Three things happened in 1972 that would affect the course of my
(1) On June 23, the United States Congress enacted Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, providing that “[n]o person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance;”
(2) Johns Hopkins University’s main campus, where I would eventually attend college, began admitting ...
On May 15, 2020, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a formal Letter of Impending Enforcement Action in connection with the Administrative complaint filed by Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell, against the Connecticut Interscholastic Association Conference (CIAC) and several schools, after they were forced to compete against male athletes (i.e., boys). This is separate from the legal case that is currently in federal court, where the judge recently told the girls’ attorney that he is not allowed to use the word “mal...
Demonizing female negotiators as traitors is a demonization of female authority itself; it’s a demonization of the right of women, as a class, to carry out the normal functions of political leadership.
Join WoLF for a virtual chat with Idaho lawmakers and residents to discuss HB 500 - the Fairness for Women in Sports Act!On Monday, March 30, 2020, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed into law H.B. 500 – The Fairness for Women in Sports Act. This law, authored by Idaho representative (and former Division I women’s basketball player and Division I women’s basketball coach for 15 years at four universities) Barbara Ehardt, finds, among other things, that “Having separate sex-specific teams furthers efforts to promote sex equality. Sex-specific teams accomplish this by ...
There is a case moving its way through the federal court system in Ohio called Meriwether v. Trustees of Shawnee State University. It involves a Christian conservative male professor at a public university (Dr. Meriwether) who was disciplined for refusing to use she/her pronouns and Ms./Miss. titles when referring to a male student. The professor sued, lost, and is appealing his case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (that appeals court is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and covers Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee).
Why might a case involving a ...
The Idaho legislature recently voted 24-11 to adopt House Bill 500, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Ehardt. The bill is simple: when publicly-funded athletic teams that are separated into women's teams and men's teams, it mandates that eligibility be determined strictly on the basis of medically-verified sex, and not on the basis of subjective self-diagnosed "gender identity." Opponents argue that sports eligibility should be determined by self-identification, or in some cases based on whether the competitor has taken dangerous ...
The fight for freedom from sexual violence, coercion, and harassment recently passed a milestone with the conviction of Harvey Weinstein on two felony sex assault charges, this February 24, 2020. Today it was announced that he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for his crimes against several scores of women. WoLF celebrates the verdict and hopes that more men will be held similarly accountable.
The verdict was not ideal given that the jury failed to
convict Weinstein on the charge of predatory sexual assault. Still, it represents
a significant step forward, as jurors ...