- FOX NEWS - Timothy H.J. Nerozzi - APR 4, 2022 -
A handful of Biden administration federal agencies were unable to define the meaning of the word "woman" – in some cases, even in relation to their own uses of terms such as "women's health" – when asked by Fox News Digital.
The Biden administration's Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons were all contacted by Fox News Digital requesting a definition of "woman." None of the agencies provided their definition or criteria for an individual to be categorized as a "woman," despite each boasting entire initiatives aimed at helping women and DOJ declined to comment.
Fox News Digital also reached out to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to request the organization's definition of "woman" in relation to terms such as "women's rights" and "women's healthcare." NIH describes itself as "the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation," and its purpose as "[seeking] fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems."
When asked for the definition, the NIH directed Fox News Digital to its website section on "sex and gender."
"'Sex' refers to biological differences between females and males, including chromosomes, sex organs, and endogenous hormonal profiles," the NIH claims on their website. "'Gender' refers to socially constructed and enacted roles and behaviors which occur in a historical and cultural context and vary across societies and over time. All individuals act in many ways that fulfill the gender expectations of their society. With continuous interaction between sex and gender, health is determined by both biology and the expression of gender."
However, the literature provided by the NIH did not address the meaning of "woman" or "women" in relation to sex and gender. Despite using the word frequently in their writing, no explanation is given on whether the word "women" – as used by the NIH – is descriptive of sex or gender.
Asked for clarification, the NIH refused to comment further.
"Glad the page was somewhat useful," the NIH replied, but continued, "We don’t have anything else to add."
Fox News Digital also reached out directly to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for comment on the issue. After two days and multiple replies stating that the inquiry would be addressed, the HHS failed to provide an answer.