SANTA FE, NM — Today, Independent Women’s Voice (IWV) celebrates Yvette Herrell, U.S. congressional candidate for New Mexico’s 2nd District, for her Hope Agenda Stand With Women Commitment and support of legislation that preserves women’s equal opportunities and single-sex spaces, like 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 state law. 

By signing IWV’s Stand With Women Commitment, Yvette Herrell promises “to uphold legislation that preserves female opportunities and private spaces.”

The Stand With Women Commitment is part of IWV’s Hope Agenda to offer solutions on some of the most important issues that women, as well as Independents, Hispanics, and younger Americans, care deeply about and want addressed. 

Yvette Herrell said, “I am traveling all over New Mexico, listening to what New Mexicans want. They tell me they want hope. Our future has to put people over politics. I am proud to stand with the hardworking men and women of our state, stop the woke ideology that is dividing us and put America back on track.”

“In 2024 women face a staggering reality—we are being told by elected officials, bureaucrats, and judges that our spaces and opportunities must be available to men. ‘Woman’ as a protected class is vanishing before our eyes and we won’t just sit back and take it. Independent Women’s Voice’s Stand with Women Commitment offers Americans a clear guide on which candidates are pro-woman and pro-truth,” said Jordanne Kemper, Campaign Director at Independent Women’s Voice. “It’s uncomplicated and deeply important to the future of women’s rights that New Mexicans know if their candidates are unafraid to say that women’s equal opportunities, single-sex spaces, privacy, and security are worth protecting and women and girls should not be discriminated against on the basis of their sex. Yvette Herrell is the first candidate in New Mexico to publicly acknowledge this critical moment in history for women. We invite all candidates to proclaim the same truth.”

Words like ‘female’, ‘male’, ‘man’, and ‘woman’ are used thousands of times in state and federal law. Unelected judges and bureaucrats are unilaterally redefining sex-based terms and expanding the scope of sex discrimination laws already on the books. When these sex-based words don’t have uniform, biological definitions, women pay the price.

The Stand with Women Commitment lets constituents know who is pro-woman, pro-science, and will fight for policies such as the Women’s Bill of Rights that prevent sex discrimination and preserve women’s rights, safety, and opportunities. 

The commitment marks Herrell’s commitment to support legislation like the Women’s Bill of Rights bicameral resolution which was filed in the 117th and 118th Congress, and was introduced in the New Mexico legislature during the 2023 legislative session.  

Women’s Bill of Rights-inspired legislation has gained vast support in Congress, among the public, various organizations and groups across the political spectrum, and has been implemented in eight states, including Kansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. 

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).

Independent Women’s Voice fights for women by expanding support for policy solutions that aren’t just well intended, but actually enhance freedom, opportunities, and well-being.