ST. LOUIS, MO – Today, Independent Women’s Voice (IWV) celebrates Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey for his Stand With Women Commitment and supporting Independent Women’s Voice’s Women’s Bill of Rights (WBOR), which would fortify the definitions of sex-based terms, like ‘woman’ and ‘man’ used in law, declare the state has an important interest in protecting single-sex spaces, and ensure the accuracy of public data reporting.
By signing IWV’s Stand With Women Commitment today, Attorney General Bailey promises “to uphold legislation that preserves female opportunities and private spaces.”
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey said, “I am proud to sign Independent Women’s Voice’s Stand with Women Commitment. I’m extremely grateful for Independent Women’s Voice Ambassador Riley Gaines’ incredible work to protect women and girls’ rights to be safe in academic, athletic, and professional spaces. I look forward to fighting for women and girls in the days ahead.”
Independent Women’s Voice Ambassador Riley Gaines said, “I’m elated to join AG Bailey today as he commits to Stand with Women. His leadership is a signal that AG’s across this country are banding together to help preserve female opportunities and private spaces and urges states to pass IWV’s Women’s Bill of Right to 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.”
Women’s Bill of Rights model legislation, first announced in March 2022, was drafted by Independent Women’s Voice and Independent Women’s Law Center (IWLC) in collaboration with the feminist organization Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF).
The Women’s Bill of Rights has gained vast support in Congress, among the public, various organizations and groups across the political spectrum, and is law in Kansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. Other states are expected to pass legislation inspired by IWV’s model legislation this year.
Attorneys general taking a stand for women and for the continued legal relevance of biological sex include: Attorney General Lynn Fitch of Mississippi, 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 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.
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