WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Independent Women’s Voice celebrates 16 attorneys general for their support of the Women’s Bill of Rights (WBOR), which, if enacted into law, would legally define basic sex-based terms, like ‘woman’ and ‘man,’ and protect the existence of single-sex spaces, such as rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, prisons, athletic teams, locker rooms, and sororities.
Led by Attorney General Lynn Fitch of Mississippi, attorneys general taking a stand for women and for the continued legal relevance of biological sex include Attorney General Steve Marshall of Alabama, Attorney General Treg Taylor of Alaska, Attorney General Tim Griffin of Arkansas, Attorney General Raul Labrador of Idaho, Attorney General Brenna Bird of Iowa, Attorney General Daniel Cameron of Kentucky, Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana, Attorney General Austin Knudsen of Montana, Attorney General Mike Hilgers of Nebraska, Attorney General Alan Wilson of South Carolina, Attorney General Marty Jackley of South Dakota, Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti of Tennessee, Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas, Attorney General Sean Reyes of Utah, and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia.
WBOR model legislation, first announced in March 2022, was drafted by Independent Women’s Voice and Independent Women’s Law Center (IWLC) in collaboration with Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF).
“For decades, women have enjoyed a far fairer playing field thanks to successful, commonsense laws like Title IX,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch. “The Biden administration’s attempts to devalue women’s unique needs and contributions will reverse decades of progress. We must continue our efforts to empower women by offering safe spaces for women to engage with one another in athletics, education, fellowship, and sometimes even in healing.”
“I’m elated to see attorneys general from states across the country standing up to support the Women’s Bill of Rights. These are strong leaders who are willing to acknowledge, protect, and define what a woman is. I’m hoping the trend of support continues and many more AGs join the fight for protecting women’s sex-based rights,” said Riley Gaines, 12x All-American swimmer and Independent Women’s Forum spokeswoman.
Independent Women’s Law Center Director Jennifer C. Braceras added,“We can’t fight sex discrimination if we can’t define what it means to be a woman. And we cannot collect accurate data regarding public health, medicine, education, crime, and the economic status of women if we redefine sex to mean gender identity.”
The Women’s Bill of Rights has gained vast support among the public, various organizations and groups across the political spectrum, and recently became law in Kansas with bipartisan support to override the governor’s veto. Other states are expected to pass legislation inspired by IWV’s model legislation this year.
The Women’s Bill of Rights has also garnered support in the 117th and 118th Congress. U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ) and U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS) have established companion Women’s Bill of Rights resolutions (H. RES. 115, S. RES 53). Co-sponsors include U.S. Senators Katie Britt (AL), Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Lee (UT), Cynthia Lummis (WY), and Marco Rubio (FL) and 23 Representatives including Rep. Kevin Hern (OK), Diana Harshbarger (TN), Mary Miller (IL), Claudia Tenney (NY), Burgess Owens (UT), Jim Banks (IN), and Greg Steube (FL).
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What The Attorneys General Are Saying:
“We are proud to sign the Women’s Bill of Rights, which simply and commonsensically defines terms like ‘man’ and ‘woman,’ ‘male’ and ‘female,’ and protects the legal rights and equal opportunities of women and girls. Even just five years ago, I might have viewed this effort as a solution in need of a problem. Today, however, our rights and opportunities are under constant threat by ‘progressives’ who, to quote Orwell, seek to impose on the American people a ‘political language … designed to make lies sound truthful.’”
– Katherine Robertson, Chief Counsel, Alabama Attorney General
“I know some want to make this about being for or against certain individuals, but that misses the point. As human beings, I firmly believe we should all treat each other with dignity, respect and kindness. But the issue here is the law, the intent of that law when it was passed, and straightforward definitions. The term ‘sex’ has for centuries referred to biological sex—pure and simple. This is what Congress intended when it passed Title IX in 1972 and the various other federal and state laws referring to sex. The term is not fungible, and biological sex is a scientific fact. Individuals or groups who want to advocate for new laws should do so through the legislative process, not the courts or unilateral, arbitrary actions by federal officials.”
– Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor
“Women should not be forced to share a locker room or bathroom with a man; nor should they have to compete against males on the court. That’s why I joined other attorneys general in signing the Women’s Bill of Rights, which reaffirms the importance of female-only spaces. As Attorney General, I will always fight for women’s privacy and safety.”
– Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin
“Protecting girls’ sports is a matter of safety, fairness, and common sense. It is critical that we uphold the law and protect spaces for girls to compete and succeed in the sports they love.”
– Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird
“Fairness in women’s sports is not a political or partisan issue. The Biden administration apparently believes otherwise. My office and I will oppose their new rule and will never betray Kentucky’s female athletes.”
– Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
“My mother coached women’s basketball in the ‘70s, and she had to fight for everything for those girls — including simple court time. It’s despicable that radical leftists are jeopardizing the equality that my mom and many other women across the country worked so hard to achieve. Changing the biological definition of a person does not create equity; rather, it creates confusion and harm for all.”
– Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry
“It’s both science and common sense: biological sex is determined even before birth, it’s not something picked out later in life. The left’s refusal to recognize obvious and inherent distinctions between sexes erodes the progress women have made in securing equal rights — limiting their opportunities and threatening their safety. I’m glad to stand with my fellow Montanans and other attorneys general in support of these rights.”
– Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen
“America has made enormous progress over the last several decades creating new opportunities for women. The Biden administration wants to take us backwards, attempting to erase the uniqueness created by our biological differences. We stand with others around the country in signing on to the Women’s Bill of Rights.”
– Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers
“The Women’s Bill of Rights is about protecting the rule of law more than anything. Law should not be stretched beyond the intent of the legislative branch. The Women’s Bill of Rights is an important step to protect the rule of law and to protect women in sports, domestic violence centers, and other places where biology, safety, and privacy are crucial.”
– South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson
“In an era where women’s rights are being trampled in the name of advancing the so-called “transgender” movement, I am proud to support and defend women and girls from politicians seeking to erase their accomplishments, threaten their safety, diminish motherhood, and impose outrageous lies denying the biological differences between men and women.”
– Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
“The Women’s Bill of Rights legislation codifies the long-established understanding that when the law refers to a person’s sex, it means their biological sex.”
– Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti
“This Bill of Rights not only protects women’s rights, but it also guarantees equal opportunity for both sexes. It’s as simple as common sense: males and females are biologically different, and laws should reflect that. Just follow the science.”
– West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
What Others Are Saying:
“What is a woman? The answer should be obvious to all. Unfortunately, today it is not. That’s why I am proud to endorse the Women’s Bill of Rights. This common-sense document should bring together all women regardless of their politics or religion.”
– Ayaan Hirsi Ali
“I want my three daughters to know that they live in a country where women are recognized and respected. We are not “bleeders,” “birthing persons,” or “chestfeeders;” we are women.”
– Carrie Lukas, President, Independent Women’s Forum
“The Women’s Bill of Rights would ensure that our laws continue to recognize that there are legitimate reasons to distinguish between the sexes with respect to athletics, prisons, domestic violence and rape crisis services, restrooms, and other areas where biology, safety, or privacy are implicated.”
– Lauren Adams, Legal Director, WoLF
“The U.S. chapter of Women’s Declaration International (WDI USA) is proud to support the Women’s Bill of Rights. We work to advance the radical feminist and nonpartisan Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights at all levels of government, and this bill is consistent with that objective.”
– Kara Dansky, U.S. Chapter President, Women’s Declaration International
“I’m signing the Women’s Bill of Rights because the rights that generations of women fought for must not be dismantled to appease anyone.”
– Abigail K. Shrier