Today, we're excited to announce that North Carolina becomes the 30th state to file the Save Women’s Sports Act.
As part of our recognition of National Women’s Month, we've been hard at work petitioning your representatives to file the Save Women’s Sports Act (HB358). We're excited to share that later today, a coalition of Representatives and leaders will announce the official filing of House Bill 358, which ensures all female athletes can continue to compete on a fair playing field.
Among the HB358's sponsors are Rep. Mark Brody, Rep Pat McElraft, Rep. Jimmy Dixon, and Rep. Diane Wheatley. As Primary Sponsor of HB358, Rep. Mark Brody states:
“In North Carolina, girls deserve to again compete on a level playing field. Instances of males competing in women’s sports exemplify the immediate need to act before fair competition and women’s athletic opportunities are destroyed. The Save Women’s Sports Act is the solution which ensures that all female athletes will be assured a level playing field to compete and win.”
According to Beth Stelzer, the founder of Save Women’s Sports, and speaker at today's press conference:
“Regardless of how an athlete identifies, a recent Duke University study demonstrates male athletes perform 10% to 20% better than comparably fit and trained female athletes. Science tells us that an influx of hormones does not reverse the biological male’s larger hearts and lungs, denser bones, and stronger muscles. I have witnessed it firsthand in my amateur powerlifting competitions.”
Sports should be about fair competition, and for decades separating teams based on biological sex has proven to provide the fairest competition. There is no reason to change that today. According to a 2020 American Principles Project pole, 75.46% of North Carolinians agree. The study found that three-fourths of North Carolinians believe allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports is unfair. Across a wide political spectrum, this issue is uniting women who believe in fairness and equality for female athletes.
The Save Women’s Sports Act is about protecting and increasing those opportunities by maintaining fair play. To learn more about the bill, tune in to our Facebook page at 3pm today for the Save Women's Sports Act press conference livestream where you'll hear from a coalition of representatives, parents, and female athletes on why we need HB358.
If you agree, would you help us save women's sports in North Carolina by clicking to contact your NC House member and asking them to vote FOR the Save Women's Sports Act – HB358?
NC Values Coalition