Women fought for the right to vote. They pushed for equality in education, equal treatment in public spheres, and equal opportunities in the workforce. At every stage, as women moved more and more into male-dominated arenas, one thing became clear: the separation of the sexes in private places like restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms was essential to women’s success. Because such separate facilities were often not provided, private women’s facilities became an essential aspect of the push for women’s rights.
That separation, especially in schools, provides both emotional security and physical safety. It guarantees that a woman’s innate sense of personal privacy will not be invaded. It removes the anxiety, especially for women, of having to attend to their most private needs where men are present. So why would the federal government attack that by allowing biological males into girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms? More importantly, why would they do so knowing girls could be harmed?
In 2014, the Department of Education announced a radical reinterpretation of the term “sex” in Title IX to include “gender identity.” It then set about promulgating and enforcing its new interpretation to require school districts across the nation to allow students to use the private facilities of students of the opposite sex. This means in school districts, like Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois, a biological male can enter and use the girls’ locker rooms, restrooms, and showers. Any district that resists this agenda could face threats that DOE will try to revoke its federal funding.