By Madeline Leesman, featuring IWF’s  Our Bodies, Our Sports rally

June 23, 2022, marks the 50-year anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law enacted in 1972 that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or education program that receives federal funding.

The Independent Women’s Forum, along with several other organizations, hosted an “Our Bodies Our Sports” rally Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX and to address the issue of biological male “transgender” athletes competing in women’s sports. As a result, female athletes are being sidelined in their sports by male-bodied athletes.

At today’s rally, I spoke with several female athletes who have been personally impacted by transgender athletes infiltrating women’s sports, as well as the mother of an Ivy League swimmer who competed against Thomas this past season. The athletes I spoke to shared with me how women’s sports are at risk of disappearing if male-bodied athletes are confined to allowed to compete in women’s sports.

“I have firsthand knowledge of what it feels like to line up next to a male-bodied athlete,” [Cynthia] Monteleone told Townhall. “I’m also a coach to young athletes and Olympians. And for my young athletes, it’s really important that when I teach them lessons like ‘hard work pays off’ that that rings true…that lesson falls apart when they have to line up next to someone who, quite literally, can be a mediocre athlete and still win.”

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