New Hampshire women athletes are losing to men in sports; men who have gone through male puberty and who are much stronger and faster than the women they’re competing against.
In the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships Women’s Varsity 100 meter race on June 10, 2017, Andraya Yearwood, a man from Cromwell High School in Connecticut, came in second. Katya Levasseur, a woman from Manchester Central High School, came in seventh. In the New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championships Women’s Varsity 200 meter race on June 8, 2019, Terry Miller, a man from Bloomfield High School in Connecticut, came in first. Grace Devanny, a woman from Concord High School in NH, came in seventh.
In her testimony in support of SB 480, the NH Senate Save Women’s Sports bill, Aria Jurovaty, the head coach for girls track at Manchester Memorial High School and girls cross country at Windham High School, and older sister of Katya Levasseur, said she wants to be “a voice for those girls who feel as if they will not be heard on this issue of justice.” An excerpt of her testimony in support of banning men from women’s public school sports:
I worry about what girls sports may look like ten or twenty years down the line when we are accepting a roster full of biological male athletes who want to compete against female athletes. I worry about how it will affect our young women, and their confidence, as they lose to a field of young men posing as their peers. We claim to be a country that is for women, for our success and equality. Yet coming before you to help support this bill – a bill that some will oppose, feels as though we have taken giant strides backwards in history leaving Title IX meaningless.
In all the years I have coached female athletes, never would I have imagined I’d be standing before you today pleading for the rights of my athletes to simply compete fairly in their own sports.
Because these two men, Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, live in Connecticut, the situation for women’s sports in that state is much more dire. According to a press release from Alliance Defending Freedom:
two males have taken 15 women’s state championship titles (held in 2016 by nine different Connecticut girls) and have taken more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions from female track athletes in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone.
What can you do to help protect women’s sports in New Hampshire? Contact your state senator and ask him or her to vote to overturn the committee’s recommendation of Inexpedient to Legislate and instead vote Ought to Pass on SB480.
You can share with your senator the list of male athletes dominating women’s sports, the science behind why women deserve to have their own sports, as well as Cornerstone’s testimony about why SB480 is good for women and sports.
You can also attend an online event and fundraiser on Thursday, April 2, in support of the fight to save women’s sports.
| Photo: Selina Soule, Credit: Alliance Defending Freedom