Jill Biden Pays Lip Service to Title IX While Her Husband Openly Dismantles It
Apparently, the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing in the Biden White House. When Title IX was enacted in 1972, the goal was to end sex-based discrimination in public schools and universities that receive federal dollars. It says: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
The 50-year-old policy took center stage on Sunday at the NCAA Women’s Championship game between the LSU Tigers and Iowa Hawkeyes. First Lady Jill Biden, who attended the game, praised Title IX for elevating female athletes.
“It was so exciting, wasn’t it? It was such a great game. I’m old enough that I remember when we got Title IX,” she said. “We fought so hard, right? We fought so hard. And look at where women’s sports have come today.”
But where have women’s sports come today? Meg Kilgannon, senior fellow for Education Studies at Family Research Council, had thoughts on the matter.
“This statement from Dr. Jill Biden seems on brand for the current administration, which oversees the destruction of political and societal norms with joy and laughter. I wonder where Dr. Biden thinks ‘women’s sports have come today’ given that her husband’s administration is poised to erase women and women’s-only sports with their radical rewrite of Title IX,” she told The Washington Stand.
Under Title IX, public schools not only have to provide equal access to financial aid to female athletes, women are also entitled to their own amenities like locker rooms — a privilege that Democrats have eroded with their enthusiastic support of biological men in women’s sports.
Indeed, President Biden issued an executive order on January 20, 2021 ordering executive agencies to interpret “discrimination on the basis of sex” to include gender identity. More recently, the Biden Department of Education is currently writing rule changes that would also reinterpret Title IX to redefine sex and gender in a regulation that is expected to be published in May.
Riley Gaines, a 12-time All American swimmer and five-time SEC champion at the University of Kentucky, is a spokeswoman for the Independent Women’s Forum and has been an outspoken critic of the Biden administration’s push to undermine a level playing field for girls with transgenderism.
In 2022, Gaines herself competed and lost to biological male Lia Thomas in the 200-yard freestyle final at the NCAA Championships. After attending President Biden’s State of the Union address in February of 2023, she offered her thoughts on the administration’s radical efforts.
“From his very first day in office, the president has fought to require women’s athletic competitions to include biological males who identify as women. He has done this by trying to rewrite Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination ‘on the basis of sex’ to include gender and gender identity.”
But unfair competition hasn’t been the only hurdle facing female athletes. Gaines and her female teammates were forced to change in the same locker room as Thomas and were unwillingly exposed to male genitalia as a result.
“Not even probably a year, two years ago, this would have been considered some form of sexual assault, voyeurism,” Gaines told the New York Post.
Mary Szoch, the director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity and former basketball player for the University of Notre Dame, agrees that the Biden administration has undone generations of women’s hard work.
“For every glass ceiling the women who passed Title IX shattered, the Biden administration has worked to put in cement reinforcements with their policy of promoting men who masquerade as women. Because of the Biden administration, the ability of women to compete on a fair playing field no longer exists,” she said.