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Christian Conservative Women and Radical Feminists Agree and Oppose the Equality Act

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Our friends at Concerned Women for America have alerted us that the new Democrat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is moving rapidly on the so-called Equality Act (HR 5), which would amend the Civil Rights Act redefining the meaning of “sex” as male and female to include the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Concerned Women for America’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, issued the following statement:

The bill would create a world in which women and girls are no longer recognized, protected or dignified as uniquely female. In jobs, education, sports, shelters or any public space, any biological man classifying himself as a woman according to his ‘gender identity’ would have every claim to any women’s program, scholarship, sports roster, competition, boardroom, executive office, women’s shelter, bathroom, locker room, or job. Under the Equality Act, everything women have done and achieved over the last half century to improve opportunities and protections in education, sports, the workplace, and society could be overruled by any male claiming “womanhood.”

Back in January The Heritage Foundation’s Rachel del Guidice reported that four self-described liberal feminists said that this “gender equality” legislation pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will jeopardize women’s rights and actually promote inequality.

“The Equality Act, which sounds all well and good, is an unmitigated disaster for women and girls,” Kara Dansky, a lawyer and board member at the Women’s Liberation Front, said at an event at The Heritage Foundation featuring her and three other feminists.

“And the thing is, it is not possible to both enshrine gender identity in civil rights law and protect women and girls as a distinct legal category at the same time,” Dansky said. “It’s just not possible.”

As women’s tennis legend Martina Navratilova recently said in the Sunday Times of London: “Letting men compete as women, simply if they change their name and take hormones, is unfair — no matter how those athletes may throw their weight around.” Considered one of the best female tennis players of all time, Navratilova is a lesbian-rights activist but bluntly called out this male invasion of women’s athletics as “insane” and “cheating.”

Kristen Waggoner, senior vice president of U.S. legal division for Alliance Defending Freedom wrote in an op-ed for The Hill that opposition to the Equality Act isn’t just about a male-tilted playing field. If gender-identity ideology becomes the law of the land, women in all walks of life will suffer the consequences of the blatantly sexist notion that a man who adopts stereotypical feminine roles, behaviors or clothing must be treated in all respects as a woman.

Codifying the Equality Act into federal law also means that American women will lose out on crucial opportunities protected after their hard-fought efforts to enact Title IX, which provides for equal educational opportunities for women.

Forced equality of a false reality is not the American way, wrote Kristen Waggoner, and it should not become the American way. Long ago, George Orwell poignantly rejected the idea that “some citizens are more equal than others.” Congress should do no less: It should reject the Equality Act and protect women’s privacy and support equal opportunity for women. The federal government should not turn the clock back on women. We should encourage our representatives to oppose the so-called “Equality Act” and instead support true diversity, tolerance and freedom.

Concerned Women for America sent letters to House Judiciary Members and have joined hands with radical feminists (Women’s Liberation Front) and other interested groups (Hands Across the Aisle) in our mutual concerns over the Equality Act. The US Equality Act: Gender Identity Impact Summary delineates why women on both the Right and the Left are united in purpose against this bill. Making “gender identity” a protected characteristic under federal law would erase the protected category of sex which has been a foundation for securing the rights and opportunities of women in the United States.

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