While South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is no stranger to causing cosmic explosions in the media and on the left, she just might have outdone herself earlier today in a tweet explaining what her plans were for International Women’s Day.
As RedState’s editor-at-large Kira Davis reported earlier, Democrats and a lot of other supposed “women’s rights advocates” on the far left were honoring the day that purports to be about celebrating the accomplishments of women all over the world by …. telling biological women they don’t get to define what a woman actually is.
So-called “human rights” groups on the left like the ACLU, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood were among the many who gave us some variation of “trans women are women” lectures, proclaiming that “no one gets to tell us what it means to be a woman” and “today is for you” if you are a man who identifies as a woman:
No one gets to tell us what it means to be a woman. Not our bosses. Not the government.
Policing womanhood is bad for all women.
— ACLU (@ACLU) March 8, 2021
— NARAL (@NARAL) March 8, 2021
A reminder on #InternationalWomensDay: Transgender girls are girls.
The anti-trans bill introduced in the SC Statehouse is harmful to kids and offensive to all of us. Thanks for fighting with us @MightyRebekah @chasestrangio! https://t.co/dvHWYd1Oih #ProtectTransYouth
— PP South Atlantic SC (@PPSATSC) March 8, 2021
South Dakota, however, chose to celebrate International Women’s Day differently, and Gov. Noem explained exactly how in a tweet noting the state had just passed a bill that would protect women’s sports – and that she was eager to sign the bill “very soon”:
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 8, 2021
What’s particularly interesting about this bill is that as of last week it was DOA because some Republican lawmakers were worried about the inevitable legal challenges as the Biden administration weighs changes to Title IX.
Obviously, things changed today:
A Senate committee dominated by Republicans last week had rejected the bill. Senators reasoned that its passage would bring up a broad range of problems for the state — from the NCAA potentially shying away from hosting tournaments, to legal challenges for discrimination and the administrative burden of collecting proof of every high school athlete’s sex at birth.
But other Republican lawmakers revived the bill on the Senate floor and passed it Monday — the final day to pass such proposals during the legislative session. Proponents argued that allowing transgender women and girls to play in female sports leagues disadvantages other women and girls.
The full text of the bill can be read here.
Naturally, the Usual Suspects lost it and rushed to condemn Noem for being an evil woman for standing up for the rights women fought for decades ago but which are now being eroded courtesy of “woke” leftists and others who are too fearful of being cancelled to speak out against them:
The irony of taking away women's rights on international women's day… Trans women are women. https://t.co/lvbq6rHwpU
— SD Democratic Party (@SoDakDems) March 8, 2021
Trans girls and their families are your constituents. You are using your power to exclude kids and make them feel less than, and that is nothing to be proud of. https://t.co/hQA1Faifty
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 8, 2021
Attacking women is not "celebrating" them.
Shame on you and the South Dakota Senate for passing this cruel bill that does nothing except harm women and girls who are already facing discrimination. https://t.co/cG0n5yRge6
— National Women's Law Center (@nwlc) March 8, 2021
Everyone can agree that transgender individuals don’t deserve to be harassed and bullied. Where the great divide comes in, however, is in setting up scenarios where transgender women get to compete in and dominate in women’s sports because of the biological advantages they were born with that don’t just magically go away. We’ve seen this play out in states like Connecticut and across the border in Canada as well.
As Kira stated earlier, what these various radical leftist groups are doing, ironically, is trying “to silence the voices of women under the guise of protecting the voices of women,” and “it must be called out every time we see, for the sake of all women everywhere.”
I could not agree more.