Washington, D.C. – Today, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) sent the following letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives:
The Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) supports H.R. 734, “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act” because it affirms biological reality and ensures equal opportunity for women as Congress intended when it passed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
It is inappropriate for biological men to compete against women and girls in sports, box them out of membership in athletic programs, and deny women and girls the opportunity to win awards and the recognition they deserve for their athletic accomplishments.
H.R. 734 provides that it is a violation of Title IX “for a recipient of Federal financial assistance who operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities to permit a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls.” The bill further states that “sex shall be recognized based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth.”
Not only is it unfair to allow males to compete against women and girls in athletic competition, it can put women at risk of physical harm and injury. Males possess physical advantages in size and strength that pose a threat to women’s safety in sports that involve physical contact.
Participation in sports can play a positive role in reducing high school dropout rates and increasing the number of women who pursue higher education. The racial gap in high school and college graduation rates has been narrowing, so we should not risk a diminishment of that progress by undermining the intended purpose of Tile IX.
Educational achievement has a significant impact on earnings. The United States Census Bureau reported that median black household income for 2019 was $45,438, compared to the national average of $68,703. The ability of workers to save and invest also has a major impact on their capacity for the intergenerational transfer of wealth. This is an area where blacks still lag substantially behind other racial groups.
Politicians and government bureaucrats should not undermine educational and financial opportunities for women and girls, nor should they jeopardize their safety. H.R. 734 appropriately affirms the intended purpose of Title IX and is worthy of your support.
Star Parker, president
Marty Dannenfelser, vice presient of Government Relations and Coalitions