I am a hurdler. I am a quarter-miler. Despite the fact that my days of competition have long since passed, I will always hold these distinctions; because I earned them.
I was a State Champion, I was an NCAA Division III National Champion, I trained for the Olympic Trials. Despite the fact that all I have to show for it are the photos and awards on my shelf, I will always hold these distinctions; because I earned them.
My sport, my races were the center of my world, they were my identity. I was always the last one out of the weight room, I was the last one off the track, I was the one doing one extra 400 at the end of a grueling workout that you never thought you would survive. I was the one who was always in Coach’s office riddled with fear that I wasn’t doing enough and I was the one calling him the day after a meet to break down my performance in each race. All I wanted was to prove to myself, and others I suppose, that I was the best and that no one loved the 400 meter hurdles more than I did…that would simply be impossible. I feel confident in saying you can ask anyone who knows me and any of my former teammates who the toughest, most dedicated, committed and passionate athlete was that they trained and competed with and my name would be at the top of the list.
The most gratifying, rewarding, heart-breaking, life-defining moments of my life happened on that track. The most sacred friendships I have were made on that track. The entire trajectory of my life was determined on that track.
I could easily be describing the story belonging to thousands of other young girls and women. THIS is why I am now so passionate about saving the integrity of girl’s and women’s sports that I get goosebumps talking about it. I get angry. I think, how dare you try to take this story away from any young girl in Junior High or High School. How dare you try and take this story away from a woman in college. How dare you try and take this story away from a women vying for a place on the world stage. Do you know what we have sacrificed? Do you know that our sport pulses through our veins? Do you know that this story could be ripped away from us by thousandths of a second? We earned our spot on that track. We succeed because there is a level playing field. That needs to be protected. That needs to be honored. In my opinion, any woman who doesn’t agree isn’t and never was serious about her sport.
Angela is a Founding Member of Save Women's Sports. She currently resides in Minnesota and has been a middle school track coach for five years. She is passionate about preserving athletic opportunities for females, especially young girls.
I’m Beth, the founder of Save Women’s Sports.
I started this alliance after experiencing harassment from gender extremists.
I consider myself an average woman. I wear many hats in life; mom, housewife, entrepreneur, health coach, amateur powerlifter, and now unscripted women’s rights activist.
After training for a couple of years to gain the confidence to compete in a powerlifting meet at the state level, my chance to shine was dimmed by gender rights protesters. After the meet they bullied me and other competitors on social media.
At that point I realized the need for a platform to speak up in defense of athletic opportunities for women and girls. I am so grateful for everyone who is raising their voice from everyday people to world class athletes. I hope we will empower you to find your voice too.
Join us in standing behind USA Powerlifting (USAPL) and other organizations in their decision to preserve women’s right to fair sports by not allowing male to female transgender athletes to compete with females.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller
Me deadlifting at the 2019 USAPL Minnesota Women's State Championships.
I was in high school when Title IX was passed, and I played on the second year of intercollegiate women's field hockey and basketball in college. At 5'4, and (then) about 115 pounds, I could not have competed against males. I would not have made the teams if trans-identified men had been allowed. Those all-women's teams, and athletics in general, saved my life. The bonding among my teammates was an experience too many women never have.
The foundation that all-female teams gave me grounded me in feminism, in the power of women, and a lifetime enjoying sports and the company of women. When men are allowed to compete with women, all of this will be lost. It isn't just unfair. It's going to destroy everything I love about women's sports.
We've only had a level playing field in the U.S. since 1972--we can't allow this insanity to take it from us. Women do not consist of sex-based stereotypes. Putting on a wig and a skirt does not make a man a woman. Sex matters. Women are oppressed on the basis of our sex, not our 'gender identity.'
We did not spend countless years fighting for for gender rights in athletic competition, only to have it undone by the hypocritical rantings of the biologically confused transgender community.
Socially, there is no consequence for women. But on the field of sport, they stand to lose everything.
I do not want my daughters growing up knowing how the game will end before it starts. It takes away the magic that healthy competition poses on our children.
I want my daughter grow up competing at school and college or university in teams that are women’s teams, made of biological women ONLY so that she has a chance of a level playing field. So that she actually wants to take part. So she is interested in women’s team sports and feels she has a legitimate place in them. Without that level playing field she won’t be interested. I don’t blame her. Women’s sports must stay only for women or women will disappear from competitive sport. I strongly recommend some sort of national women’s action. Remove your daughters or yourselves from any team sports that only want to provide you with an un-level playing field for a day together. We have to fight this before it spreads right through into all areas of women’s lives.
I had started to get back into sport as a thirty-something, for the sake of my physical and also mental health. Roller derby seemed ideal! I'm a lesbian, and I don't particularly like to be around men (yes, I'm a rape survivor too), so a sport advertised as women-only and "queer-friendly" really appealed. I joined the local league and it went pretty well for about a year. Then one day I pushed open the door to the ladies changing rooms to find a young man in his twenties, with long hair and dressed in "girly" clothes, sitting right at the entrance and grinning at me. There was another young man in "woman-face" in there too, along with the dozen or so actual women. It was creepy as hell, and I wasn't the only woman there to start changing in a toilet cubicle instead of the open changing area where these two guys were. More than once, I came out of the toilet cubicle, one of maybe 20 of them, only for one of the young men to immediately go into the same one. Not a different one- he waited to be able to use the specific one I had just vacated. Creepy as hell. I was thrown out of the league, without any hearing with the grievance committee, basically for wrongthink on Facebook (I had posted a very mild critique of this so-called "feminist" culture which encourages young women to reject their bodies and get mastectomies). Head of grievance is a "non-binary" person- basically a woman who doesn't want to be referred to as such. Even the head of the league was uncomfortable with the lack of proper procedure, but clearly wasn't able to challenge the cult. It's part of the world roller derby association rules that if someone *says* they should be in the women's team, then they should be. In a specifically women's sport, full of lesbians, which is pushed as a "safe space" for survivors of sexual violence, men are now prioritized over women. Injuries are common in derby: it's a full contact sport on wheels! I'm sure there are women suffering much more serious injuries than usual because of men playing on women's teams. But they won't talk about it. No-one is allowed to talk about it.
For the past decade I have been a competitive cyclist. My former girlfriend of five years was top level cyclist. We both live in Northern California.
In 2016 or so Evelyn Hound began racing in the women's fields. Hound started as a track racer but then transitioned to road racing. Hound is very clearly a biological male, with above-average height, narrow hips and broad shoulders. In the men's fields, Hound was mediocre at best. Among women, Hound dominated.
Northern California and the sport of cycling are very progressive. Anyone who even questioned whether Hound should race with women was shouted down as a transphobic bigot or hater.
In 2018, when I emailed USACycling to challenge Hound's place in the women's fields, saying that Hound had probably not gone through the International Olympic Committee's steps for trans-athletes, they summarily changed their posted policy. Rather than requiring all trans athletes to adhere to IOC's standard's, USACycling said they would use the racer's "self-identification."
Further, USACycling said that if I wanted to press the issue, I would not be able to do so confidentially. I would have to make a public complaint. But any results of my complaint, including knowledge of whether Hound had gone through the proper steps and hormone therapy, would be kept confidential.
I was nearly as frustrated with USACycling as the female racers were with a biological male in their field.
Ultimately I decided to drop the issue. In the end, my girlfriend and I decided to just not worry about this boy pretending to be a girl. Hound was not a man. Not even close. If nature tried to make a man it failed miserably.
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