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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 6, 2022 10:01 AM
From: Senator Judy Ward and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill
To: All Senate members
Subject: Protecting Women's Sports
To ensure that female students compete in high school and college sports on a level playing field, we are introducing the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. This bill will preserve the increased athletic opportunities that female students have gained over the past half century in this country.

Under this legislation, school athletic teams designated for women may not be open to those of the male sex. The legislation defines “sex” as the biological distinction between male and female, based on reproductive biology and genetic make-up.

It’s imperative that we protect the opportunity for female athletes to compete on the athletic field in a fair and equal manner. Allowing a biological male to compete on a women’s scholastic team puts all women on the playing field at an automatic disadvantage.

Maintaining separate, biologically specific teams will ensure opportunities for women athletes, while fulfilling the goals of Title IX. Title IX was designed to end discrimination and create equal athletic opportunities for women. Allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports threatens to undo the progress we’ve witnessed since the enactment of Title IX. 

Athletic competitions give women the opportunity to demonstrate their strength and skill, while also providing opportunities for recognition ranging from accolades to college scholarships. Please join us in protecting the advances made by women athletes over the past several decades by co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB1191