South Dakota’s girls deserve an equal opportunity to compete and achieve, to experience the thrill of victory and learn the lessons of defeat. Governor Noem competed in a wide variety of athletic activities when she was young, and her daughters had the same opportunity. Governor Noem wants her granddaughter and any future grandchildren to have the same opportunities.
Unfortunately, there is a liberal agenda across the country trying to allow biological males to compete in girls’ sports. Science and common sense tell us that males have an unfair advantage in many ways in athletic competition. Boys tend to be bigger, faster, and stronger than girls. So to allow boys to compete in girls’ sports destroys basic fairness in these athletic competitions.
Governor Noem has been a leader on this issue for years. When she was serving in Congress, the US Department of Agriculture attempted to force boys and girls to compete together in 4-H Rodeo. Governor Noem was the only leader to stand against them in support of girls events, and she won.
In 2021, the South Dakota state legislature was working on a bill to guarantee fairness in girls’ sports, a bill the Governor was looking forward to signing. Unfortunately, the legislation picked up some harmful provisions that had nothing to do with girls’ sports but would turn the bill into a trial lawyers’ dream. Governor Noem asked the legislature to remove those provisions, but they didn’t and killed the bill.
The same day that legislators killed that bill, Governor Noem signed two executive orders: one that protected girls’ sports at the K-12 level, the other at the collegiate level. These orders had no expiration date, so they remained in effect until the Governor could work with the legislature to pass the right bill to protect girls’ sports.
This year, Governor Noem wrote, proposed, passed, and signed the toughest bill in the nation to protect girls’ sports. This bill is far less likely to be held up in court and does a better job protecting our girls. It was the first bill that Governor Noem signed in the 2022 legislative session.
Now, the Biden Administration is threatening our kids’ school lunch dollars to try to force states to allow boys to play in girls’ sports. Governor Noem is standing up against this. She led a coalition of governors who promised that if Biden takes this action, we will take action to defend our kids.