Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Kansas have all recently taken action to define the word “woman” under state law. All three states were inspired by IWF’s Women’s Bill of Rights (WBoR), which clarifies the meaning of certain sex-based words used in law. 

How much do you know about the Women’s Bill of Rights? Can you identify which of the following statements is not true? 

A. In order to protect women’s rights, we must legally define certain words.
B. WBoR is a “bathroom bill” by another name.
C.  WBoR is a compromise in the gender wars. 

A. TRUE! It is becoming increasingly difficult to talk about women’s rights in a common language. While most Americans understand that a “woman” is an adult human female, a small but powerful group of activists want to redefine womanhood as a subjective state unrelated to biological sex. This is not just a semantic problem. The corruption of sex-based terms jeopardizes equal opportunity. We can’t stop sex discrimination if we can’t define “sex.” 

B. LIE! WBoR is not a bathroom bill (although its opponents constantly describe it as such). WBoR only defines words that are used in state law. States are free to pass laws to prohibit biological males from entering women’s public restrooms.  But if a state has not passed a bathroom law, WBoR won’t accomplish that. WBoR doesn’t create new laws. It simply protects the integrity of laws that use sex-based terms.

C. TRUE! WBoR prevents judges and bureaucrats from unilaterally changing the meaning of sex-based words used in our current laws, but it allows room for our elected representatives to choose to accommodate people who identify as transgender. 

Bottom line: WBoR does not, in and of itself, mandate any particular policies regarding gender or gender identity. It simply requires judges and bureaucrats to apply laws that prohibit sex discrimination and other laws specific to women or men consistent with biology. 

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