Language holds immense power in shaping our perceptions and interactions. Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ recent executive order on gender-neutral language in Arkansas government documents attempts to define women in a limited scope. Unfortunately, such an approach not only sidelines the experiences of cisgender women who may not menstruate or become pregnant but also implies a narrow and biased perspective on womanhood. Moreover, it's crucial to remember that not all people with a uterus identify as women, not all women have uteruses, and no amount of forced language or censorship will alter this fact.
Governor Sanders has, in her brief tenure, displayed a vehement commitment to divisive rhetoric and action. As an advocate for the rights and dignity of all Arkansans, the ACLU of Arkansas advocates for policies that uplift every individual, irrespective of their gender identity or biological attributes.
Real advocacy for women goes beyond mere words. Our vision for Arkansas is one where every person, regardless of their gender identity or biological attributes, feels supported, protected, and valued in Arkansas.
Take Action: Contact your elected officials and demand the addition of protections against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation to the Arkansas Civil Rights Act. Call upon them to support the Equal Rights Amendment and other laws and policies that genuinely help women, children, and families in Arkansas.
If the Governor truly supports women and abhors discrimination, she will lead and support these efforts.