Women Speak: Why is the ACLU Against Civil Rights for Women and Girls?

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 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 the numerous other long-term benefits that flow from success in athletic endeavors.” The ultimate aim of the law is to protect the rights, privacy, and safety of women and girls, which is in line with Title IX – a 1972 civil rights law designed to protect and promote female-only athletics in education.

So why is the ACLU against it?

On April 15, 2020, the ACLU filed a lawsuit, claiming that the law is unconstitutional. In defiance of all logic and common sense, the lawsuit complains that the law requires proof of “biological sex” (their quotes), and falsely states that the law prohibits self-identified “trans girls” from competing at all (it doesn’t). The bottom line is that the ACLU simply does not care about civil rights for women and girls.

Speakers include: Barbara Ehardt (Idaho House of Representatives and bill author), Jennifer Chavez (WoLF board member and attorney), Inga Thompson (Inga Thompson Foundation and Olympic cyclist), and Keely Emerine-Mix (WoLF member and Idaho resident). Kara Dansky (WoLF board member and attorney) will moderate.

Attendees will receive a link to the webinar shortly before the webinar.