CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice will champion Independent Women’s Voice’s Women’s Bill of Rights (WBOR), boldly standing with women and committing to fortifying into West Virginia law words like ‘female,’ ‘woman,’ and ‘mother’ and helping protect women-only spaces. Independent Women’s Voice, the group that developed the Women’s Bill of Rights model legislation, will join Governor Justice for this announcement.

WHO: Governor Jim Justice and representatives from Independent Women’s Voice:

  • Riley Gaines, Independent Women’s Voice Ambassador
  • May Mailman, Independent Women’s Law Center Director

WHAT: West Virginia Advances IWV’s Women’s Bill of Rights

WHEN: Monday, January 29, 2024, 1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: West Virginia State Capitol

1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 25305

WHY: The word “woman” and “female” are used in 120 West Virginia statutes. If passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Justice, Independent Women’s Voice’s Women’s Bill of Rights would define sex-based terms used in state law, declare the state has an important interest in protecting single sex spaces, and ensure the accuracy of public data collection.

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