Apr. 05, 2021
HARRISBURG – Speaking from her perspective as a former student athlete, Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton/Centre) today participated in a state Capitol news conference to officially introduce the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (House Bill 972
), which would further ensure athletic fairness in Pennsylvania by allowing only biological females to compete in women’s sports.
“I am so proud to be here today as one of the prime sponsors of this legislation to protect women’s sports from becoming another interscholastic casualty of political correctness and identity politics,” said Borowicz. “If there was ever a perfect opportunity to cancel something so disconnected from the highest ideals of American culture and athletic competition, it is guaranteeing that female athletes are no longer forced to compete against biological males either individually or playing on women’s sports teams.”
At the federal level, Title IX was originally designed to stop discrimination and create equal athletic opportunities for women. However, allowing biological males to compete in girls’ sports reverses nearly 50 years of advancement for women.
“Way back when in the 1990s, when no one was offended by Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head or drinking out of a hose, I learned about the value of teamwork through high school sports,” said Borowicz. “My competitive nature probably comes from my formative years as a volleyball player. I remember during my senior year when I won the MVP award for an entire tournament. I was 17 years old and uncertain of my capabilities as a player. I remember how much that award boosted my confidence as a woman athlete. Realistically, I probably would not have reached that level of success or contributed to winning three straight state championships if my team had to compete against biological males.”
Conserving separate biologically specific teams, which Title IX protects, furthers efforts to promote women’s equality. Biologically specific teams accomplish this by providing opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their skill, strength and athletic abilities while also providing them with opportunities to obtain recognition and accolades, college scholarships, and the numerous other long-term benefits that flow from success in athletic endeavors.
“All things considered, the opportunity for girls to compete on a level athletic playing field must be defended at all costs,” said Borowicz. “I’m truly honored to stand alongside my fellow women legislators in cheering on our outstanding student women athletes by co-sponsoring the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.”
Representative Stephanie Borowicz
76th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives