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Christy Narsi
Christy Narsi
February 23, 2024 - 3 minutes
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Chapter Spotlight

IWN AZ Chapters Celebrate the Introduction of the Arizona Women’s Bill of Rights at the State Capitol

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, Independent Women’s Network (IWN) gathered at the Arizona State Capitol to commemorate the introduction of the Women’s Bill of Rights (WBOR). The bill, presented by Arizona Senator Sine Kerr and Paula Scanlan, an ambassador at Independent Women’s Voice, aims to protect women’s spaces, opportunities, and ensure accurate data collection.

The Women’s Bill of Rights defines ‘sex’ as a person’s biological sex at birth, either male or female. It serves as a crucial step towards safeguarding women’s rights and preventing the erasure of their achievements. By laying the groundwork for stopping the erosion of women’s rights, the Arizona Chapters of IWN celebrate this significant milestone.

During the press conference, Paula Scanlan made a powerful statement that challenged the misconceptions surrounding the Women’s Bill of Rights. She emphasized that the bill is not a bathroom bill, nor a female sports bill, and it does not discriminate against anyone. This declaration surprised liberal senators and guests in the senate hearing room, shedding light on the bill’s true intentions.

Noel Roberts, Phoenix AZ Chapter Co-Chair of Independent Women’s Network, expressed her enthusiasm for the future of Arizonan women. She stated, “IWN Arizona members are championing a bright future for Arizonan women. We have come too far to be erased. We will not allow Arizona to trample on the opportunities, safety, and protections our women deserve.”

Samantha Keddington, Chandler, AZ Chapter Chair and Founder of the WorldWide Disc Golf Organization, proudly affirmed her commitment to protecting the hard-earned rights of Arizona women. She declared, “I am proud to be a part of IWN and protect the rights Arizona women have worked so hard to achieve. We are just getting started! We will not back down in the fight to preserve our freedoms and protections.”

Senator Kerr highlighted the significance of this legislation, stating, “SB1628 enshrines truth into law.” With over 3.5 million women residing in Arizona, this bill stands with millions of women and aims to safeguard all women’s spaces.

Following the press conference, IWN Chapter members gathered for a WBOR briefing and meet & greet with Paula Scanlan at two Phoenix locations. The Chapter members and Arizona residents had an opportunity to engage with a decorated female athlete and gain a deeper understanding of the bill’s implications.

Independent Women’s Network remains committed to advocating for women’s rights and ensuring their spaces and opportunities are protected. The introduction of the Women’s Bill of Rights in Arizona marks a significant step forward in this ongoing fight.

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