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After Losing to Male Athletes, College Runner Fights for Fairness in Women's Sports

Mary Kate Marshall fell in love with track and cross-country in high school. 

Running “gives me so much confidence,” Marshall said. Now an athlete at Idaho State University, Marshall is fighting for Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act—and for every woman's and girl’s right to compete on a level playing field. 

The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act prohibits biological men who "identify" as women from competing in women’s sports. Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed the legislation in March 2020, but the bill was quickly challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union. Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal nonprofit, represents Marshall and fellow Idaho State University track athlete Madison Kenyon in their efforts to reinstate the act and protect women’s sports. 

Marshall and Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christiana Holcomb join the "Problematic Women" podcast to explain the significance of the court battle for Idaho and for women’s sports across the nation. 

Also on today’s show, Melanie Israel, a policy analyst with the DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, explains what you need to know about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments in a case that could upend the abortion precedent set by Roe v. Wade. And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week."


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