Boy Scouts: Stop Discriminating Against Young Women
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I have been an unofficial member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for 13 years but as a girl, I am not eligible for official membership or recognition by the organization. In response, I helped to launch a movement of young women campaigning to be allowed into the organization and the Boy Scouts finally announced that they would begin to accept girls – 478 days after the announcement.
February 2019 is too late for those of us who fought so long for this. Sign my petition to demand that girls like me be allowed in the Boy Scouts now.
The final award earned by Boy Scouts is called the Eagle Scout, an internationally-recognized award which gives scouts access to many opportunities, including scholarships, and a much higher chance of being accepted to top tier colleges. If we allow the Boy Scouts to continue discriminating against girls – one of the few countries left in the organization which does – for this arbitrary and unnecessary period, I and too many other young women will miss our chance to earn Eagle rank in time for these benefits.
We fought to make the Boy Scouts more inclusive, and now they are punishing us for it.
Young women demonstrated enormous leadership in pushing the BSA to do the right thing and accept girls into the program. Because of this, I’m more than confident that once accepted, girls will rise through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts alongside the best of the boys. All we need is the opportunity.
Tell BSA that accepting girls by 2019 is not enough – we deserve to be part of the Boy Scouts NOW, before it’s too late.
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