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President Biden’s Pick for Education Secretary Is Bad News for Women’s Sports

By Sarah Kramer posted on:
February 5, 2021

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate held confirmation hearings for Dr. Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden’s pick for the Secretary of Education.

Dr. Cardona currently serves as the Connecticut Commissioner of Education.

Did you catch that? Dr. Cardona oversees the department of education in Connecticut, where a state policy allows male athletes who identify as female to compete on girls’ athletic teams.

And the results have been about what you might expect.

Beginning in 2017, two male athletes were permitted to compete against the girls in high school track & field competitions. As a result, these athletes won 15 state championship titles that previously belonged to nine different girls. And girls in the state also lost out on over 85 opportunities to advance to higher levels of competition.

After all, males have an inherent physiological advantage over girls. They’re generally faster and stronger. They have larger hearts and greater lung capacity, muscle mass, bone density, and even arm length. No amount of testosterone suppression can change that.

Alliance Defending Freedom represents four female track athletes who are taking a stand against this unfair policy.

But that didn’t seem to faze Dr. Cardona. Here’s what he had to say when Senator Rand Paul questioned him about male athletes competing in girls’ sports.

Dr. Cardona avoided giving straight answers, instead stating he would seek to “respect the rights of all students.”

There’s just one problem with that: Allowing male athletes to compete against girls doesn’t respect the rights of all students. It does just the opposite, in fact.

In 1972, Congress passed Title IX, which was intended to protect the equal educational opportunities of girls and women. One positive result of this legislation is that, since then, the average number of collegiate women’s sports teams has more than tripled, allowing more opportunities for women to earn collegiate athletic scholarships.

I’m one of them. And like many women, I owe so much to my participation in collegiate athletics.

But if Connecticut’s policy is taken nationwide, these opportunities would start to disappear, reversing the progress Title IX has created.

So, it’s worth asking: Do Dr. Cardona’s views truly reflect those of most Americans?

Or, as Sen. Paul stated: “I wonder where feminists are on this. I wonder where the people who supported women’s sports are on this.”

Well, we don’t have to wonder.

  • A 2020 survey from the Women’s Liberation Front—a feminist organization—shows that 74 percent of Californians oppose policies that allow males to compete in women’s sports. Another poll from the American Principles Project recently found that 77 percent of likely voters from swing states opposed male athletes competing in women’s sports.
  • In July 2020, female Olympians, Title IX pioneers, and more than 300 collegiate and professional athletes signed a letter to the NCAA, calling on the athletic association to reject efforts to boycott the state of Idaho because of its law protecting women’s sports.
  • And recently, a group of high-profile female athletes and women’s sports advocates spoke out against allowing male athletes to compete in women’s sports, instead favoring an approach that respects the rights of all athletes while still reserving girls’ and women’s sports for female athletes.

Perhaps Dr. Cardona should take another look at what it means to respect the rights of all students, including female athletes.

The bottom line is that men and women are different, and those differences matter. When our laws and policies ignore these biological realities, it’s most often girls and women who suffer the consequences.

And those consequences have been all too real in Connecticut.

Our country was founded on the principle that we are all created equal. But policies like Connecticut’s do not treat women equally—in fact, they gut legal protections for women and girls.

Whether Dr. Cardona is ultimately confirmed or not, you can rest assured that ADF will continue to stand up for laws and policies that reflect God-given biological realities. And where the Biden administration ignores these realities, ADF will be there.

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Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

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