WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, joint resolutions for the Women’s Bill of Rights were reintroduced by Representative Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) and Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) to protect biological sex as a distinct legal category. 

The Women’s Bill of Rights is a declaration that words matter, that biology and science matter. The Bill defines ‘sex’ as a person’s biological sex (either male or female) at birth and adopts the common public understanding of the words ‘woman’, ‘girl’, and ‘mother.’ 

It also seeks to codify the Supreme Court’s intermediate scrutiny standard, which forbids unfair sex discrimination but allows government to recognize sex differences when substantially related to an important government interest.

The resolution represents legislative endorsement of the principles contained in the Women’s Bill of Rights (WBOR), model legislation drafted by Independent Women’s Voice, Independent Women’s Law Center (IWLC), and Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) in March 2022. The U.S. Chapter of Women’s Declaration International has also endorsed the Women’s Bill of Rights.

WBOR was first introduced by Rep. Lesko and Senator Hyde-Smith in the 117th Congress. Upon reintroduction in the 118th Congress, WBOR has the support of Rep. Lesko and 17 additional co-sponsors in the U.S. House. In the U.S. Senate, Senator Hyde-Smith was joined by Senators Katie Britt (R-AL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) as original co-sponsors.

Rep. Debbie Lesko said, “Now more than ever, we must protect women’s rights and combat the left’s attempts to erase women. I am excited to once again introduce the Women’s Bill of Rights to affirm the importance of women and their unique contributions to our great nation. I am thankful for IW’s support of this critical legislation.”

“One of the many problems with these radical notions to redefine male and female is that they end up doing more harm than good,” Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith added. “Our resolution simply affirms the biological differences between males and females under federal law, ensuring that womanhood is not erased by the ‘woke’ left’s reckless attempts to be inclusive.”

Independent Women’s Law Center Director Jennifer Braceras said, “We can’t fight sex discrimination if we can’t agree on what it means to be a woman. And we can’t collect accurate data regarding public health, medicine, education, crime, and the economic status of women if we redefine sex to mean ‘gender identity.’ At Independent Women’s Law Center, we know what a woman is. Thankfully, Representative Lesko and Senator Hyde-Smith do too.”

“Women and girls’ interests are being short-changed today by those who seek to eradicate sex-specific sports, facilities and opportunities,” added Independent Women’s Voice vice president Carrie Lukas. “That ends today. I’m grateful that Representative Lesko and Senator Hyde-Smith are standing up for women and for common sense.” 

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