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About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to affirm and strengthen girls’ and women’s legal right to separate, single-sex sports competitions. We encourage any accommodations for males who identify as transgender so long as those accommodations do not diminish females’ opportunities, scholarships, or prize money, nor females’ right to fair, safe, separate sports experiences.

Meet the Working Group

We are a bipartisan group of former elite athletes and sports administrators with significant experience in women’s sports policy-making and LGBTQ advocacy.

Donna de Varona, OLY

Two-time Olympian and double gold medalist in swimming. In 1965, UPI and AP voted her outstanding woman athlete in the world after she set 18 world records and fastest times. She was a sports broadcasting pioneer, the youngest and one of the first women to work in the industry. An Emmy recipient, she used her visibility to advise and advocate for the protection and promotion of Title IX and the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. As the first President and Chair of the Board of the Women’s Sports Foundation, she helped build the organization into a sustainable, influential entity. She has served on five presidential commissions and is a member of the Seneca Falls Women’s Hall of Fame. Currently, she is a member of the International Olympic Committee Communications Commission.

Martina Navratilova, OLY

Former professional tennis player and coach. In 2005, Tennis magazine selected Navratilova the greatest female tennis player for the years 1975 – 2005. She is considered one of the best female tennis players of all time. Over her career, she won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, for a combined total of 59 major titles, marking the Open Era record for the most Grand Slam titles won by one player, male or female. Coached later in her career by the first trans-woman tennis player, Renée Richards, and long active in LGBTQ rights work and with the women’s tennis tour, Navratilova is particularly well-positioned to contribute to thoughtful policy on the inclusion of trans women/girls in women’s sport.

Donna A Lopiano, Ph.D.

President and founder of Sports Management Resources, LLC, Adjunct Professor of Sports Management, Southern Connecticut State University, former Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation (1992-2007), Director of Women’s Athletics, University of Texas at Austin (1975-1992). President of The Drake Group—an organization focused on academic integrity in college sport. A Title IX sports pioneer, Lopiano specializes in gender equity in the educational and Olympic and elite sports spaces. As an athlete, she participated in 26 national championships in four sports and was a nine-time All-American at four different positions in softball, a sport in which she played on six national championship teams.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, J.D., OLY

CEO, Champion Women, civil rights lawyer, two-time Olympian, three time gold medalist and one silver in swimming, U.S. National Team for eight years, 12 Halls of Fame, including the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall, 20 years of teaching Sports Law and Administration, current Professor at Rutgers University’s Global Sports Business MS Program. Women’s Sports Foundation – President, 1991-1993, Legal Advisor, 2003-2010, Senior Director of Advocacy, 2010-2014 and recently named to the U.S. Congressional Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics.

Tracy Sundlun

CEO, Everything Running, Inc., Founding Board Member, National Scholastic Athletics Foundation. Co-Founder and Director of the National Scholastic (High School) Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field Championships (1984 – Present). Co-Founder, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, at the time the largest running series in the world with over 500,000 participants annually in 29 events in 7 countries (1998 – 2016). Former club and collegiate track coach (including Georgetown, Colorado, and USC), including for over 100 men and women in every event from 15 countries who have represented their country in the Olympic Games or other international competitions. Six-time Olympic Coach and Manager (1972 – 2016). Inducted into Running USA Hall of Champions.

Mariah Burton Nelson, M.P.H.

Pioneering sportswriter and athlete focused on the empowerment of women through sports. Burton Nelson broke stories about pervasive cultural patterns of coach-athlete sexual abuse; football-player rape; and homophobia. She has written seven books, including The Stronger Women Get, The More Men Love Football (Harcourt Brace). She co-authored (with Deborah L. Brake) “Staying in Bounds: An NCAA Model Policy to Prevent Inappropriate Relationships Between Student-Athletes and Athletics Department Personnel.” She played professional basketball on France’s national-championship team and on the New Jersey Gems of the first U.S. women’s pro basketball league (WBL). One Stanford rebounding record was unbroken for 24 years.

Supporters

Other champion-athlete supporters include:

Willie Banks, OLY: Three-time Olympian and former world record holder in the triple jump
Chris Beck: Retired Navy SEAL, served in the Special Forces for 20 years. After detransitioning, he now serves veterans through his nonprofit, Mindful Valor.
Corinna Cohn: Indiana-based writer, podcaster, and activist, advocates for regulated gender medicalization of minors, drawing from personal experience.
Sharron Davies, OLY: Attended 12 consecutive Olympic Games, three as a British swimmer (spanning three decades), and nine as a BBC broadcaster.
Chris Evert, OLY: Seven-time year-ending world No. 1 singles player, eighteen-time Grand Slam singles champion, past President of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Tennis Hall of Famer
Micki King, OLY:  Won a  springboard-diving gold medal at the 1972 Olympics and became the first woman to coach a male athlete to an NCAA championship.
Mary T. Meagher Plant, OLY: Won 3 gold medals in the 1984 Olympics and a bronze in 1988. Two world butterfly records lasted for 18 and 19 years.
Edwin Moses, OLY: Two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time World Champion, former world record holder, undefeated in 400 meters hurdles for 10 years and 107 consecutive races
Mary I. O’Connor, MD, OLY: Olympian and World Championship Bronze medalist. Member, 1976 Yale Women’s Crew protest: the “first stand for Title IX” in college athletics.
Sanya Richards-Ross, OLY: Four-time Olympic medalist, 6-time World Champion, ranked #1 in the world in the 400 meters from 2005 to 2009 and in 2012
Renée Richards, M.D.: Transsexual pioneer, competed on the women’s pro tennis circuit in the 1970s and coached Martina Navratilova. Now recognizes men possess an unfair advantage even after transitioning.
Sally Roberts: Three-time national wrestling champion, 2003 World Cup Champion, 2003 & 2005 World Bronze Medalist and a 2008 Olympic Alternate
Lyn St. James: Former Indycar and LeMans racecar driver, first woman to win Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award, and one of Sports Illustrated‘s “Top 100 Women Athletes of the Century”
Paula Scanlan is former UPenn swimmer who partners with the Independent Women’s Forum to defend women’s rights to single-sex sports and spaces while encouraging female athletes to share their stories.
Pam Shriver, OLY: Olympic gold medalist, winner of over 100 professional singles and doubles championships over 19 years, International Tennis Hall of Fame
Inge Thompson, OLY: Ten-time national champion cyclist, three-time Olympian and two-time podium finisher at the Women’s Tour de France.
Champion Women, non-profit legal advocacy organization for girls and women in sports; harnessing the power of sport for social justice
National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, non-profit organization created to fund competitive opportunities for high school track and field athletes and host the indoor and outdoor high school nationals
Wrestle Like A Girl, non-profit organization empowering girls and women using the sport of wrestling to become leaders in life