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Women’s Rights Are Human Rights—Rape Cannot Be a Weapon of War

We are horrified not only by the atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel on October 7, 2023, including brutal, violent sexual assault and rape of women and girls but also by the failure in too many quarters to condemn these acts. Those hostages still being held and subjected to continued abuse must be released. Silence is whitewashing the gravity of these crimes and sending a message that women are battlefields, and the dehumanization and degradation of their bodies are legitimate. This is wrong. It is grotesque. And it threatens women’s safety and progress around the world. 

We call on all advocates for women’s rights and women’s equality to condemn the use of rape and sexual sadism against women and girls conducted by Hamas on October 7th in Israel, and to demand the hostages are immediately released.

Debates about the geo-political aftermath of this horrific attack should not obscure this important fact: Women’s bodies are not battlefields. Rape and mutilation must be universally condemned without equivocation. Those who orchestrated and carried out the mass rapes in Israel on October 7th should be brought to justice for war crimes. The brutal, violent, sexual assault, including rape of women and girls, that occurred on October 7th has to be more loudly and consistently remembered and condemned. 

All women’s organizations, indeed, any non-terrorist organization should be clamoring for the release of those still held captive. World leaders must send the message that rape is not a legitimate weapon of war, rather it is a war crime, and that violence against women is unacceptable.    

Continued silence signals apathy to this ongoing hostage problem and an indifference to the cause of women’s rights and equality. 

We urge you to use your platforms and sign this petition to loudly and clearly stand up for women and against those who would use rape and sexual assault to demean, abuse, and terrorize women and girls.

Governor Evers: Put that Veto Pen Down!

Female runners, mountain bikers and other Wisconsin athletes have been edged out by males competing in women’s leagues. Women deserve their own competitions, teams, and athletic spaces. Title IX guarantees it. But the Department of Education is today advancing a twisted interpretation of this landmark civil rights law that prioritizes the rights of males over females.

Paula Scanlan, IWV spokesperson and NCAA athlete, was forced to share a locker room and compete on the same team as Lia Thomas, the biological male who was allowed to join the University of Pennsylvania women’s swim team.

On October 4, 2023, Paula implored the Wisconsin General Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities to “support efforts to keep women’s sports female, particularly at the college level, where the stakes are highest and risks are greatest.”

“If the federal government won’t enforce Title IX,” Paula said, “hopefully this state will.”

Assembly Bill 378 would protect women’s collegiate sports, but Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says he will veto it, allowing continued discrimination against female athletes.

Sign the petition and tell the Governor to put down his veto pen!

I join an army of women in Wisconsin who are fed up with men invading women’s spaces and opportunities.

If the federal government won’t enforce Title IX and provide equal opportunity for female athletes, then Wisconsin must.

Governor Evers, we implore you to set aside the veto pen and stand up for the women and girls of Wisconsin. We urge you to demonstrate your commitment to their rights and future by signing Assembly Bill 378 into law. Wisconsin women and girls deserve nothing less than the full protection of their opportunities and spaces.

Sign the Petition: Declare Our Energy Independence

Are you wondering why energy prices seem to only go in one direction and that is up?! The Biden administration’s anti-energy policies are curbing domestic production, exposing U.S. markets to international instability, and hurting American’s pocketbooks.

There is one obvious way to fix these problems and that is by reversing course on Biden’s short-sighted and economically damaging war on American energy. The men and women who work in the U.S. coal, oil, and natural gas industries not only provide 80% of our daily energy needs, but also know how to extract, refine, and deliver our abundant energy resources to market via the safest and most efficient methods—to the benefit of our people and our planet!

It’s time for policymakers to unleash the U.S. energy industry. This will help the U.S. economy and hardworking American families.

Demand that the White House cease their war on U.S. energy and restore America’s innovative and environmentally-responsible energy sector. Sign the petition to make your voice heard.

Declare Our Energy Independence Petition

From Day One, the Biden White House has discouraged American energy investment and production, while also draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). This is causing financial hardship and creating a national security crisis. Did you know that the SPR, which was designed to ensure access to oil during any domestic crisis, is at its lowest level ever? Team Biden has been using it as a political lever to their high-cost energy policies. It means higher prices at the pump while also ,harming our allies abroad who are forced to rely on Putin for their energy needs.. It’s’ time for Team Bide to reverse course unleash the U.S. energy industry. We once again be a net energy exporter to the world to deprive Putin of the funding for his military, lower gas and other energy costs for us and Europe, and help the U.S. economy.

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Demand AMC Theaters put “No Way Back: The Reality of Gender-Affirming Care” back in theaters

Radical activists don’t care about free speech or a diversity of viewpoints. Instead, they seek to cancel those they oppose. And they just did it again, this time silencing the voices of those they used to support — detransitioners — by pressuring AMC Theatres to cancel screenings of an award-winning documentary featuring stories of young people who regret having “gender-affirming  care.”

“No Way Back: The Reality of Gender-Affirming Care” would have premiered at AMC locations in June—until The Queer Trans Project launched an aggressive online campaign to boycott the movie theater and silence the voices of young people transitioning back to their birth genders.

Why? Because these brave young detransitioners were exposing the irreversible damage and lifelong harm they have experienced as a result of so-called “gender-affirming care” at the hands of medical professionals who did not provide them with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions and changes to their otherwise healthy bodies.  

Radicals don’t care about medical ethics; they care about silencing the opposition. And corporate America is so afraid of getting canceled, it would rather censor the under-represented than weather a bad social media cycle.

It’s time to push back. There is no consensus among medical providers on how to treat identity disorders or the underlying issues contributing to such feelings, and the stories of these brave young detransitioners deserve to be heard.

Sign the Petition: There is no consensus among medical providers on how to treat identity disorders, and the stories of these brave young detransitioners deserve to be heard. We demand that AMC Theatres put “No Way Back: The Reality of Gender-Affirming Care” back in theaters.

Keep Women’s Sports Female

Open letter to athletic governing bodies and public servants to protect women’s sports.

Join female athletes across the country to urge athletic associations, policy makers, and government officials to reject calls to sacrifice female athletes on the altar of “inclusion” and to stand up for equal opportunity, fairness, privacy, and safety by enacting policies and laws that keep women’s sports female.

Open Letter
Keep Women’s Sports Female

June 21, 2023

Title IX is under attack, and women’s spaces are being erased. Faced with this reality, we have no choice but to stand up for women by defending basic truth. We implore all athletic governing bodies and public servants to join us in our fight to protect women’s sports and spaces.

More than 50 years ago, Congress enacted Title IX to ensure equal opportunity in all aspects of education, including athletics. Since then, there has been an explosion in female participation in all levels of athletics. But this progress is today being undermined — both by males seeking access to women’s sports and by government policies that have the potential to undermine the entire legal rationale for single-sex competition. 

It is well known that male athletes dominate in sports where strength, size, or speed are relevant factors. That is because, physiologically, the average male is stronger, bigger, and faster than the average female. 

Forcing female athletes to compete against males is not only unfair, it’s discriminatory. Allowing biological males to take awards, roster spots, scholarships, or educational opportunities away from female athletes violates Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination “on the basis of sex.” 

The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, which has passed the U.S. House of Representatives, has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, and which President Biden has promised to veto, would make this explicitly clear and put athletic organizations, athletic directors, and bureaucrats at the Department of Education on notice that they may not adopt policies that promote so-called “inclusion” at the expense of women.

We urge athletic associations, policy makers, and government officials to reject calls to sacrifice female athletes on the altar of “inclusion” and to stand up for equal opportunity, fairness, privacy, and safety by enacting policies and laws that keep women’s sports female. 

We stand together in honor of the generations of women who came before us and in defense of all the women and girls who will come next. 


Riley Gaines
Swimming, 12X All-American
Independent Women’s Voice

Abby Carr
Swimming, NCAA

Addison Stiles
Softball, Volleyball

Adriana McLamb
Volleyball, NCAA 

Ainsley Erzen
Track, Soccer, NCAA

Alanna Smith
Track & Field

Alayna Connor
Swimming, NCAA

Alexis Hyatt
Softball, Basketball

Alexis Payne
Volleyball, NCAA

Alison Sydor
Cycling, Olympian

Alli Van Schaack
Champion Women’s Field Hockey Team

Allison Stiles
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Ally Ledford

Anna Beth Minear

Anne Mead
Volleyball, NCAA 

Annie Grevers
Swimming, NCAA Champion

Annie Kunz
Track & Field, Olympian

April Hutchinson
Powerlifting, Professional

Aubree Wachacha
Softball, Volleyball, Basketball

Autumn Skinner

Ava Queen

Avery McNabb
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Barbara Ehardt
Basketball, NCAA
15-year Career Division I Women’s Coach

Beth Campbell
Soccer, NCAA

Blake Allen

Bonnie Blair
Speed Skating, Olympian

Bonnie Brandon
Swimming, Pan Am & World Championships Medalist

Bridget Michener
Lacrosse, NCAA 

Brinkley Payne
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Bronwyn Sims
Gymnastics National/State Championships, Pennsylvania

Brooke Graves

Brooklyn Deaver

Brooklyn Orton
Track, Baseketball, Volleyball

Carol Brown
Rowing, Olympian

Carol Hansen
Gymnastics, NCAA 

Carol Henry
Track, Canadian Record Holder, NCAA Bronze Medalist

Cassie Link                             
Track and Cross-Country

Carol Lewis
Track & Field, Olympian

Catalina Barrieo

Catrina Allen
Disc Golf, World Champion

Charli Mcdaniel
Softball, Basketball

Chloe Roe
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Chloe Satterfield

Christina Trucks
Track & Field, NCAA

Christine Witty
Speed Skating and Track Cycling, Olympian

Cindy Rusher
Rowing, Olympian

Cora Kimsey

Courtney Bolling
Soccer, NCAA

Courtney Davis

Cynthia Monteleone 
Track and Field, Team USA, Masters

Cynthia “Sippy” Woodhead
Swimming, Olympian, 7 World Records

Dianna (DeeDee) Fussner
Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA)
Female Pro Master 50+ (FP50)

Dianne Holum
Speed Skating, 4x Olympic Medalist 

Emma Laney
Basketball, Volleyball

Erin Donohue
Track and Cross-Country, Olympian

Erin Dudley Kagan
Softball, NCAA

Erin Powell
Lacrosse, NCAA

Evie Edwards
Cross Country, Cyclist

Grace McNabb

Gracie Rhodes
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Haley Tanne
Track and Field, NCAA

Halli Gravley
Synchronized Skating, NCAA Club

Hannah Faulkner 
USA Triathlon

Heather Formby
Track and Field

Holly LaVesser 

Inga Thompson
Cycling, Olympian

Isabella Stiles
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Ivie Chapman

Jade Dickens
Powerlifting, World Champion

Jamie Cortina
Field Hockey, NCAA

Jan Palchikoff
Rowing, Olympian

Janelle Parks Graham
Cycling, Olympian

Jaylan Hamby

Jeanavis Perry

Jen Hucke
Volleyball, NCAA Champion 

Jen Livsey
Track & Field, NCAA

Jenna Velardi
Soccer, NCAA

Jennifer Churchfield
Swimmer, NCAA

Jennifer Sey
Gymnastics, National Champion

Jeri Shanteau 
Swimming, All-American

Jesse Gey Duke
Field Hockey, NCAA Champion, All American, Olympian

Jessi Martin
Lacrosse, NCAA

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson
Hockey, 3x Olympic Medalist

Julia Marie Layno
Softball, Volleyball

Kacey McKinnon

Kalli Hagelin

Karen Jansen
Golf, LPGA Champion

Karin Ratchinsky
National Soccer Team (Canada Jr.)

Katelyn Conlon
Track and Cross-Country

Kathy Smith Connor
Swimming, US National Team & NCAA Champion

Kathy Watt
Cycling, Olympian

Katie Gibson
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Katie McCarthy
Golf, NCAA

Katie McNabb
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Kaylee Helton

Kelly Rickon Mitchell
Rowing, Olympian

Kelsey Bolar
Lacrosse, NCAA

Kerry Sheedy
Lacrosse, NCAA

Kim Jones 
Tennis, All-American

Kimberly Carlisle
Swimming, Olympian

Kimberly Vach
Volleyball, NCAA

Kristin Hopson Addis
Lacrosse, NCAA

Kylee Alons 
Swimming, NCAA Champion

Lacey Nymyer 
Swimming, Olymipian
NCAA Woman of the Year

Lainey Armistead
Soccer, NCAA

Laura Cummings
Track and Cross-Country

Laura Wilkinson
Diver, NCAA, Olympic, and World Champion 

Lauren Bondly 
Triathlon Age-Group National Champion

Lauren Brooks
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Lauren Rinehardt
Soccer, NCAA

Leah Amico
Softball, 3x Olympic Gold Medalist

Leena Lape
Softball, Track

Lesley Meyer
Soccer, NCAA

Lindsay Shoop
Rowing, Olympian

Linnea Saltz
Track & Field, NCAA Conference Champion

Lisa L. Rainsberger
Track & Field, Olympian
Boston Marathon Champion

Lynn Hatcher 
Golf, NCAA

Macy Petty
Volleyball, NCAA

Maddie Pelfrey

Madelyn Sestak
Volleyball, NCCAA

Madi Kenyon
Track & Field, NCAA

Madisan DeBos
Track & Field, NCAA

Maggie Malone 
Track & Field, Olympian, NCAA National Champion, Elite Athlete

Margaret Gasperson
Softball, NCAA

Margaret O’Neal Monteleone
Track & Field

Margo Knorr
Track & Field, NCAA 

Margo Simpson
Lacrosse, NCAA

Margot Kaczorowski
Swimming, NCAA

Maria Blower
Cycling, Olympian

Maria Broaddus 
Volleyball, NCAA

Mariah Burton Nelson
Basketball, Pro

Marion Clignet
Cycling, Olympian

Marshi Smith
Swimming, NCAA Champion

Mary Forr Szoch
Basketball, NCAA National Champion Runner-Up

Mary I. O’Connor
Rowing, Olympian

Mary Kate Marshall
Track & Field, NCAA

Mary Louise Kellogg Lyman
Rowing, Olympian

Mary T. Meagher
Swimming, Olympian

Megan Burke
Track & Field, 2-time NCAA Champion American Record Holder

Micki King
Diving, Olympian

Monique Lamoureux-Morando
Hockey, 3x Olympic Medalist

Nancy Hogshead-Makar
Swimming, Olympian

Nikki Stone
Freestyle Aerial Skiing, Olympic Gold Medalist

Olivia McNabb
Softball, Volleyball, Basketball

Olivia Williams

Patricia Spratlen Etem
Rowing, Olympian

Paula Scanlan
Swimming, NCAA

Payton McNabb
Volleyball, Softball

Payton Palmer
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Paytyn Barker

Rachel Carter 
University of Northern Colorado, UNC Tour Troupe Dancer 02′ 

Raime Jones 
Swimming, NCAA

Reigan ONeal 

Rhi Jeffrey
Swimming, Olympic Gold Medalist

Riley Scott
Swimming, All-American

Rylie Payne
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Sara Younger-Merrill
Rowing, Masters

Sarah Hokom
Disc Golf, World Champion

Sarah Parshall Perry

Sarah Powers-Barnhard 
Volleyball, NCAA All-American, Team USA

Selina Soule
Track & Field, NCAA

Shannon Keeler
Lacrosse, NCAA Champion

Sheila Young Ochowicz
Speed Skating, Olympian 

Shelby Kester
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Sky Taylor
Softball, Basketball

Sofia Van Arsdale 
Track & Field, NCAA

Sue Walsh
Swimming, Olympian, NCAA/AIAW National Champion

Sydney Hickey
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Sydney Payne
Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

Taelyr Jackson
Softball, Track

Taylor Parkes Lane 
Track and Cross-Country

Taylor S. Dolan
Alpine Skiing, NCAA

Taylor Silverman
Skateboarding, Professional

Tracy Evans
Freestyle Skiing, Olympian

Valerie McClain
Rowing, Olympic

Victoria Coley
Lacrosse, NCAA Club


Competition: Title IX, Male-Bodied Athletes, and the Threat To Women’s Sports, written and published by Independent Women’s Law Center and Independent Women’s Forum synthesize the science and explain the changing legal landscape of American sports. LEARN MORE

Petition to UCI and USA Cycling To Keep Women’s Cycling FEMALE

???? VICTORY: We’re delighted to announce that this UCI recently announced their decision to bar biological men from competing against women in cycling!


Women athletes are competing for top spots for the World Championships, yet Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and USA Cycling are allowing male athletes to compete, which inevitably puts female cyclists at a disadvantage.

More than 80% of Americans agree there are important reasons to distinguish between the sexes with respect to athletics.

It’s only common sense, as competitive sport is a zero-sum game where some athletes make the cut, and others do not; someone wins, and others lose. In a zero-sum competition, the inclusion of male-bodied athletes in women’s sport inevitably denies opportunities to female athletes. 


We petition Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), USA Cycling, and other governing bodies influencing cycling policy to protect female athletes from discrimination, establish rules to keep women’s races female, and distinguish between the sexes to give women cyclists a fair chance on the road. 

In the world of sports, it is impossible to provide equal opportunities for both sexes without single-sex teams. Women deserve access to fair competition, equal opportunities, training, and victory.

Don’t let women cyclists be unseated.