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Problematic Women

A Daily Signal podcast that challenges the left's…

A Daily Signal podcast that challenges the left's narrative that all women must be liberal, pink-hat wearing, Planned Parenthood supporters. Hosted by Lauren Evans and Virginia Allen. Problematic Women celebrates and emp
7/8/2021

I Could Lose Everything After 'Devastating' End to 8-Year Court Battle Over Same-Sex Wedding, Florist Says

When the Supreme Court announced July 2 that it had declined to take up florist Barronelle Stutzman’s case, it left her on the losing side of an eight-year court battle.In 2013, one of Stutzman’s longtime customers asked her to design floral arrangements for his same-sex wedding. She told him that because of her religious beliefs, she could not design an arrangement for the wedding, but she referred him to several other florists. A few weeks later, she learned she was being sued.The Washington state "attorney general, without any complaint from Rob [Ingersoll] and Curt [Freed] sued me personally and corporately, and the ACLU got ahold of Rob and Curt and also sued me personally and corporately," Stutzman told The Daily Signal.Now, the Washington state Supreme Court ruling against the Christian florist stands because the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up Stutzman’s appeal. The Supreme Court’s move could cost Stutzman everything."It has cost us so much mentally, physically, spiritually," Stutzman said. "And then the cost, everything we've worked for all these years, the flower shop that I own, our home, our retirement, our life savings, everything is in jeopardy because of the ACLU, [and] attorney fees are going to be so large."Stutzman and Kristen Waggoner, general counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, join the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain the details of the court battle and the implications of the high court’s refusal to hear her appeal.Also on today’s show, we talk with Lindsey Burke, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, about the National Education Association’s commitment to promote critical race theory in schools across America.And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”Enjoy the show!
7/1/2021

Mother and Daughter Track Athletes Speak Out on Competing Against Biological Males

Mother and daughter Cynthia and Margaret Monteleone share a deep love of running and competition. But after they both ran against biological men in track events, they knew they needed to do something to defend their right to a level playing field."I think everyone should compete," Cynthia Monteleone said. "I think all athletes should compete. There is no banning anyone. But that being said, there needs to be a distinction to keep the sport fair and to keep biological women advancing in the opportunities available to them."Cynthia Monteleone is a World Masters Athletics track athlete and also coaches girls track at the middle school, high school, and elite level in Maui, Hawaii. In 2018, she faced off against a biological male during a track competition in Malaga, Spain. About a year and a half later, her daughter competed against another transgender athlete during her high school track meet."I was a little bit disheartened," Margaret Monteleone said of placing second to a biological male in her high school track meet. "I'd worked so hard through the whole year, just training for this first-ever meet [of] my season. ... I could have gotten first in the heat, and it was really disappointing to me to see my hard work pay off just for second place."Now, the mother and daughter are speaking out in defense of female athletes and their right to fair competition. They join the “Problematic Women” podcast to share their experience running against biological men and how they are advocating for the future of women’s sports.Also on today’s show, we discuss why athlete Gwen Berry turned her back on the U.S. flag during the national anthem at the Olympic trials.And as always, we’ll be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”Enjoy the show!
6/24/2021

Amy Swearer Explains What You Need to Know About Supreme Court Rulings on Faith-Based Foster Care, Student Speech, and More

The Supreme Court has issued a number of significant rulings this term that affect everything from collegiate athletics to adoption agencies.Among the most notable decisions, the high court ruled 9-0 in favor of religious liberty in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The case gives a Catholic social service agency in Philadelphia the right to continue a government-funded foster care program while not being forced to compromise its beliefs about marriage.The city of Philadelphia "terminated Catholic Social Services' contract as a foster care placement agency," because the group would not place children with same-sex couples, Heritage Foundation legal fellow Amy Swearer said. The city did that even though "there had also never been a same-sex couple that had ever approached Catholic Social Services about becoming foster parents," she noted.Swearer joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to explain how the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Philadelphia case could affect other faith-based adoption agencies. Swearer also breaks down the significance of the court’s recent ruling against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.Also on today’s show, Marie Fishpaw, the director of domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, joins the show to discuss The Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare and what that decision means for Americans' health care.And as always, we will be crowning our “Problematic Woman of the Week.”Enjoy the show!