Everything You Need To Know About Selina Soule’s Fight To Restore Girls Only Sports

Four female track athletes lost records and championships, and got opportunities to compete stolen from them by trans-identifying males. Four years later, the court will hear their case for fairness in girls' sports and the outcome may just reshape women’s sports.

By Alyssa Rinelli4 min read
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Starting in 2017, two male athletes began competing in Connecticut girls’ high school track. In just three years, those two males broke 17 girls’ track meet records, taking away more than 85 opportunities to advance to the next level of competition, and took 15 women’s state track championship titles. 

Connecticut isn’t the only place where this is happening, though. A male powerlifter openly mocked female competitors after he took another woman's national record in Canadian powerlifting. A male golfer took the Long Drivers of America competition, including a $12,500 prize. A male sprinter took a NCAA DII championship and was named Outsports’ Female Athlete of the Year. All under the guise of transgenderism and the lie that, given the right pronouns, men and women can compete fairly against each other.

At last, four brave female high school Connecticut athletes have said enough is enough and challenged the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s (CIAC) policy that allows males who identify as females to compete in girls' events. Nearly four years after the initial lawsuit, the athletes – Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, Alanna Smith, and Ashley Nicoletti – will finally get their day in court and a chance to set the record straight. It seems that they may just get a victory against the trans men and their enablers after all.

What Is the Selina Soule Case?

The case, Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, argues that the CIAC violates federal law, Title IX. Title IX was put into law to end discrimination against women in sports and education, essentially guaranteeing that there is and will always be a spot for women to compete in sports fairly. The case brief points out how CIAC “violated Plaintiffs’ Title IX rights by denying females, over several track-and-field seasons, an equal chance to be champions by allowing biological men to compete against them.” 

"It doesn't matter how many hours I put in practicing. I’m competing for third and beyond."

The case was first brought to court in 2020, where the district court dismissed the case, citing that athletic losses didn’t matter. After the court dismissed their legal challenge, the women and Alliance Defending Freedom, who represent the girls' case, appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Late December 2023, the 2nd Circuit in Manhattan unanimously decided that the women have “plausibly stated a concrete, particularized, and actual injury in fact – the alleged denial of equal athletic opportunity and concomitant loss of publicly recognized titles and placements during track and field competitions in which they competed against and finished behind transgender athletes.” 

The court's ruling will send the case back to the federal district court, and they now have no option but to hear out the four athletes as they seek fairness for women's sports under Title IX.

Why Is This Time Different?

In the four years since the case was brought to court, the U.S. has seen more and more people who are willing to stand up bravely against transgender men invading women’s spaces. In a new Gallup poll, 69% of Americans believe that athletes should compete with their biological sex. That number is up 7% from 2021. People just aren’t falling for the idea that men and women can be equal competitors anymore. 

Increasingly, scientific evidence has been emerging that, even with hormone therapy, men sustain a significant physical advantage over women. “Even after a male has undergone hormone therapy, research shows that, while those biological advantages decrease, they are still far more prominent than similarly aged and trained women. Men have 30-60% higher muscle strength than women, and undergoing testosterone suppression decreases that strength by only 0-9% – a far cry from an even playing field for even the strongest female athletes,” said Dr. Gregory Brown, a professor of exercise science at the University of Nebraska in an article for National Review

In recent years, politicians and the court system have routinely ignored the honest definition of what a woman is in favor of the radical idea that gender is whatever you feel like, not biological fact. If you need a full breakdown of the answer to the question "What is a woman?" and why it is so important to make the distinction rather than appease radical transgender activists, read this article here.

The court will hear these facts during the case. “It is absolutely devastating because there is nothing that I can do as a woman to compete with the physical capabilities of a male,” Soule tells Evie Magazine. “There is nothing that I can do that will overcome their muscle mass, their larger organ sizes, their skeletal structure, which allows them to have better performance. There's nothing I can do to overcome that. So it doesn't matter how many hours I put in practicing. I’m competing for third and beyond instead of competing for that gold medal, which is what all of us girls train for.” 

The Future of Women’s Sports

Since Selina Soule, one of the female athletes in the case, first spoke out, more women have found their voice and come out publicly against men competing in women’s sports, including swimmer Riley Gaines, skateboarder Taylor Silverman, runner Cynthia Monteleone, and countless other women who are in the fight to protect women’s sports. 

Soule sees the increasing number of women speaking out as a step in the right direction. “It’s going to be much easier to fight this issue with the more voices that we have. So, I’m encouraged by every single girl who has started speaking out since I started back in 2018,” Soule exclusively told us.

"We deserve the right to not only participate in our own sports, but to win in our own sports.”

Soule hopes that her case will inspire other women to get involved in the discussion of fairness for women’s sports, saying, “I would encourage everyone out there, not only girls, to speak up and ask for fairness to be restored to our sports because we deserve the right to not only participate in our own sports, but to win in our own sports.” Soule suggested that girls talk to their coaches, school administrators, state legislators, and the media about keeping men out of girls’ sports. 

The reason why this case is so important, aside from bringing justice to these four deserving women, is because a victory in the Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools in a federal district court would set a legal precedent. That legal precedent could be binding in future cases of a similar nature. And with only 24 states today having laws that prevent biological men from participating in girls' sports, as well as the Biden Administration’s proposed changes to Title IX, this legal precedent could be significant in the fight for fairness in women's sports.

Soule concludes with an optimistic view on the future of women’s sports: “I’m hopeful that one day our work will pay off and that women, not only in the U.S. but internationally, will be protected, and they won’t be forced into a situation where they have to compete against [men] who have such physical superiorities over us.”

Closing Thoughts

The age of men being allowed to infiltrate women’s sports and steal women’s championships and records is soon coming to an end, thanks to the Selina Soule case. 

*This article has been updated 3/11/2024

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