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RSC Introduces Women’s Bill of Rights

May 19, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (IN), Rep. Mary Miller (IL), Rep. Diana Harshbarger (TN) and other RSC members gathered outside the Capitol to discuss the introduction of Rep. Debbie Lesko’s (AZ) “Women’s Bill of Rights” resolution to reaffirm legal protections for women.

Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), Cynthia Lummis (WY) and Ted Cruz (TX) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.   

Rep. Debbie Lesko said: “I am proud to introduce the Women’s Bill of Rights to affirm the importance of acknowledging women and their unique and distinguishing characteristics and contributions to our nation. As the Left continues to erase women, we must fight for women and their place in our society. Whether it’s keeping the word “mother” in written law or ensuring women’s domestic violence shelters do not have to accept biological men, we must stand up for women.”


RSC Chairman Jim Banks “The modern Democrat party has put the Left’s woke agenda before the rights of women. These days, Democrats refuse to even admit women exist or recognize them as unique beings, with unique abilities. While radical liberals strip away the progress and protections that generations of women fought to achieve, Republicans must fight back and acknowledge these basic biological truths. As the father of three daughters, I’m proud to co-lead this resolution reaffirming the legal protections afforded to them under federal law.”


Rep. Mary Miller said: “I will never be afraid to speak out in defense of our daughters, who need adults in leadership positions who are not afraid of being criticized by radical leftists. The answer to the question “what is a woman” has been clear for the entire history of our civilization, and it has not changed since Genesis. The radical left has launched an attack on biology because they want to put themselves above God, and they want to brainwash our daughters with their "wokeism." That’s why today, we are unveiling the Women’s Bill of Rights in order to legally define what it means to be a woman. I am doing this on behalf of my 5 daughters, and all women. This common-sense document will help codify our common understanding and the reality we all know of the words ‘female,’ ‘woman,’ and ‘sex’, and I am proud to support it.” 


Rep. Diana Harshbarger said: “To me, being a woman means having the profound honor to be a mother, grandmother, female business owner, and now Congresswoman. I am proud of this Women’s Bill of Rights Resolution because it sends a clear message that Congress must protect our future generations of female leaders from being stripped of measures meant to support their success, protect their safety, and allow for earned opportunity.”


U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said: “The radical left chips away at women’s rights each time they disregard biological differences between males and females.  This resolution reaffirms those unique differences, and seeks to protect women’s rights whether it is in athletics, prisons, or domestic violence shelters.”


House leads 

Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ) - lead 

Rep. Jim Banks (IN) - co-lead 

Rep. Mary Miller (IL) - co-lead 

Rep. Diana Harshbarger (TN) - co-lead 


House original cosponsors  

Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY) 

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO) 

Rep. Victoria Spartz (IN) 

Rep. Ronny Jackson (TX) 

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA) 

Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO)

Rep. Barry Moore (AL)

Rep. Ralph Norman (SC)


The following outside groups support the RSC’s Women’s Bill of Rights:


Independent Women’s Voice, Independent Women’s Law Center, Concerned Women for America LAC, Heritage Action for America, American Principles Project, Women’s Liberation Front, Family Policy Alliance, Eagle Forum, Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), and Women’s Declaration International USA. 


What they’re saying:

“Women and girls’ interests are being short-changed today by those who seek to eradicate sex-specific sports, facilities and opportunities. That ends today. I’m grateful that Representatives Lesko, Banks, Harshbarger, and Miller are standing up for women and for common sense.” - Independent Women’s Voice Vice President Carrie Lukas  

“We can’t fight sex discrimination if we can’t agree on what it means to be a woman. And we can’t collect accurate data regarding public health, medicine, education, crime, and the economic status of women if we redefine sex to mean ‘gender identity.’ At Independent Women’s Law Center, we know what a woman is. Thankfully, Representatives Lesko, Banks, Harshbarger, and Miller do too.” - Independent Women’s Law Center Director Jennifer C. Braceras   

"WoLF applauds the introduction of this Women’s Bill of Rights, an historic and profound resolution that will advance and protect the rights of women in the United States. For too long, women have been told that there is no word to describe us and our experiences. We have seen the definition of “woman” be distorted to promote offensive and harmful sexist stereotypes. This resolution is a clear signal that our voices can no longer be silenced in this way. WoLF was proud to co-author the model Women’s Bill of Rights that inspired this resolution, and we are grateful for the courageous leadership shown by Rep. Lesko and Sen Hyde-Smith, along with their co-leads. The simple, common-sense provisions of this resolution will help ensure that the government does not endorse the falsehood of human sex change, and that spaces and resources for women remain that way." - Lauren Adams, Legal Director, Women’s Liberation Front  

“It is shocking that women today are being told that our unique status is irrelevant and being a woman has no relationship to being female.  Our protections are being stripped away by radical policies confusing biological fact with gender feelings, and activist judges who can’t define a Woman.  Concerned Women for America LAC applauds the Women’s Bill of Rights resolution that will recognize and protect the intrinsic dignity of women and our unique status under the law.”  - Penny Young Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee  

“The woke Left is on a mission to roll back generations of progress made in the name of womens’ rights. Their refusal to acknowledge the biological differences between men and women is unconscionable and, in many cases, dangerous. If left unchecked, the Left’s assault on what it means to be a woman will continue to be a detriment to all biological women and will see opportunities and resources redirected to individuals who were never meant to receive them. Fortunately, Congresswomen Lesko, Miller, and Harsbarger, alongside RSC Chairman Jim Banks, are leading the effort to reaffirm what it means to be a woman and the dangers of the Left’s current trajectory.” - Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of Heritage Action  

“Americans will not stay silent against an ideology that erases women. To clear any confusion over the definition of a woman, this bicameral effort simply reaffirms the truth: women are distinct from men and deserve equal protection under law. We urge every member of Congress to protect the civil rights of women and pass the Women’s Bill of Rights Resolution now.” - Autumn Leva, Senior Vice President of Family Policy Alliance 

“The woke Left’s efforts to erase women stops today with the indelible ink of the Women’s Bill of Rights,” said Kris Ullman, Eagle Forum Predident. “When it comes to sex and gender it’s time to trust the science. Women are women and men are men. We must acknowledge our physiological differences as we celebrate our shared humanity. This Resolution protects women in prisons and restrooms, ensures the spirit of Title IX is maintained in college sports, and restores common sense to how we refer to pregnant and nursing women.” - Kris Ullman, President, Eagle Forum  

“Americans are currently facing an onslaught from the woke Left to diminish womanhood. Whether it be by attacking girls’ sports, reducing woman to “birthing people,” putting woman at risk in jails and bathrooms, or nominating a Supreme Court justice who cannot define what a woman is, conservatives need to fight back. We at the Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC) want to thank the Republican Study Committee, Rep. Lesko and Sen. Hyde-Smith for attempting to restore sanity by bringing forward the Women’s Bill of Rights resolution.” - Matt Schlapp, Chairman, Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC)  

"Men and women are different. This is both a self-evident truth and a scientific fact acknowledged by the vast majority of Americans. Yet, for some here in Washington (mostly on the left), manhood and womanhood are simply labels that can be changed at will. These radicals cannot define what a 'woman' is, even as they claim to advocate for women's rights. It would be comedic if the consequences weren't so serious. In response to this dangerous ideology, it is imperative that we make clear in law what should be apparent to any sane person: that 'man' and 'woman' are biologically grounded realities, not mere social constructs. Only by doing so will we ensure the rights of each are fully respected and affirmed. APP is grateful for the leadership of Rep. Lesko, Sen. Hyde-Smith, and all the Republican members supporting this resolution, and we urge the GOP to make this effort a priority both now and especially should they retake the majority in Congress next year." - Terry Schilling, President, American Principles Project   

“The U.S. chapter of Women’s Declaration International (a nonpartisan global organization that support women’s sex-based rights around the world) is proud to support the Women’s Bill of Rights, which would enshrine into law many of the principles outlined in the global Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights, which we work to advance throughout U.S. law.”  - Kara Dansky, President, WDI USA