Concerned Women for America (CWA) recently filed a formal civil rights complaint against the University of Pennsylvania, claiming that under Title IX with the U.S. Department of Education, the school refused to protect the rights of its college female athletes under federal law.
The complaint comes soon after 22-year-old Lia Thomas (formerly William Thomas), a transgender athlete at the university who identifies as a woman, won the national title in the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships.
University of Virginia freshman Emma Weyant finished second to Thomas in the final, 1.75 seconds off the winning pace.
Here’s a portion of the complaint text, according to Breitbart: “[Lia] Thomas is anatomically and biologically a male with physical capacities that are different from anatomically and biologically female athletes, which extends an unfair advantage and strips female student-athletes of opportunities afforded to them by law.”
The complaint also cites reports that Thomas’ own teammates have complained about the school allowing a hostile environment to fester in its locker room which has put them in apprehension.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the implementation of Title IX, a civil rights law which expressly prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or other education program that receives funding from the federal government.
Within that statute, CWA asserts Thomas’ inclusion on the women’s swim team discriminated against other women, thus making the swimming competition unfair.
“The future of women’s sports is at risk and the equal rights of female athletes are being infringed,” said Penny Nance, CEO and president of CWA, in a statement. Continue reading at Newsmax.