girls rights

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Petition to South Spencer School Board, Dr. Richard Rutherford

Change the dress code at South Spencer High School

Females are being taught that it is okay for boys to treat them like sex objects. They are being forced to change how they dress because boys can't control themselves or change their way of thinking. I am a ninth grader at South Spencer High School and I have noticed that the dress code only applies to females for the most part. There are girls getting in trouble for wearing shirts with the shoulders cut out or for wearing jeans with holes in them. I don't know if they were provided with an explanation on why their clothing was inappropriate. I started getting dress coded around 4th grade. I remember a time in 4th grade I was pulled out of lunch and into a room by a teacher's aide. She informed me that I need to start wearing tank tops underneath my shirts because what I was wearing was a distraction to boys. I didn't wear anything that was low enough to show anything. As I moved from elementary school to middle school I started getting in trouble even more for my clothing. My shirts were always 'too low' or my dresses and skirts were too short. I remember vividly that my sixth-grade science teacher stopped me in the hallway and told me that I was dressing skanky. That day I was wearing a purple V-neck, skinny jeans, and converse. In seventh grade, I got in trouble for my clothing too many times to count. Moving into eighth grade, I remember getting in trouble for wearing a sleeveless shirt. My shoulders were not even exposed and I was forced to put my flannel on. Females should not have to cover up their body or be taught to be ashamed of their body just because males can not control themselves. What's so sexual about a females shoulders or legs? Girls get pulled out of class for breaking the dress code; they take the females away from their education because their clothing is a distraction to the boys. Is the boy's education more important than the females? Females should be able to wear whatever they want and not be told their clothing or body is a distraction to boys. Some people might say that boys have hormones and need to act upon them. If a female does not want that type of attention from the guy; he should not act upon it and sexually harass her. Just because someone is wearing something and someone else gets the wrong idea from it does not mean they need to act upon that idea. Imagine if someone tackled a football player when he was wearing his jersey and said 'look how he's dressed, he's asking for it.' just, because a female is wearing revealing clothing, does not mean she is asking to be raped or sexually harassed. All I'm trying to say is that the dress code needs to be revised and made less strict for the females. If you're concerned about someone possibly getting sexually harassed then start having assemblies and teaching people that it is not okay. Sexual harassment is not part of human nature. Instead of publically shaming girls, teach the males not to over sexualize girls normal body parts. School dress codes shame girls and perpetuate rape culture. Things must be changed. I must add that this was not made to single males out. I'm just simply stating that the school's excuse most of the time is that clothing will distract the boys.  

Hallie Green
80 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Randall L. Stephenson, Charles W. Dahlquist II, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America

Tell the Boy Scouts to End Discrimination Against Young Women

I cannot change my gender to fit the Boy Scouts’ standards, but the Boy Scouts can change their standards to include me. I am determined to be an Eagle Scout. It isn’t just a hobby, it’s access to some of the best leadership training there is. According to the BSA, over half of all astronauts were involved in Scouting and 16.3% of West Point cadets are Eagle Scouts. Of the current Congress, 191 members were involved in Scouting, 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting, and many of them are Eagle Scouts. The facts say it all -- high-level Scouting creates opportunity, and with opportunity comes a chance at success in the global community. Unfortunately for me and half the country’s population, we are excluded from most of these amazing opportunities for no reason other than that we are female. That’s why I’m calling on the BSA to end the discriminatory ban against young women and girls, and allow all children to participate in the Boy Scouts and earn the Eagle Rank. In most countries, Scouting is co-ed. International Scouting appreciates that separating children by gender is an artifact from a bygone era. The BSA has opened a few programs to girls and young women, but the Scouts exclude us from joining Scout Troops, and we are not eligible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout -- the most advanced, and most challenging leadership program they have. Boy Scouting teaches young people to be strong leaders. I, and many young women like me, want this chance at the best leadership training for our youth. Women can now hold all combat roles, and have already earned Bronze and Silver Stars, and Purple Hearts in war. Women have leadership roles in government, business, academia and entertainment. Imagine what else would be possible for women with Eagle Scout training.... Under the leadership of former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates, the Boy Scouts recently ended anti-gay policies, allowing all boys and LGBT adults full membership in Scouting.  The Boy Scouts should now end discriminatory policies based on gender, welcoming all children to participate in Scouting, including young women and girls.   I know I could rise through the ranks and become an Eagle Scout alongside the best of the boys -- all I need is the opportunity. Please join us in calling on the Boy Scouts to allow all children to participate in Scouting and earn the Eagle Rank. Please sign our petition and encourage your friends on social media to get involved. We can be reached at  Thank you for your support.

Sydney and Bryan Ireland
6,721 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Secretary of Education

Release the Names of Secondary Schools Under Investigation for Mishandling Cases of Sexual Assault

Last year multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped by the same classmate and then bullied out of their school. Their peers blamed and shamed them, and the school administration was ill-equipped to handle these cases. The perpetrator wasn’t arrested until we formed the group Yes All Daughters and staged a protest in response to the school administration's mishandling of these cases. We must hold schools like Norman High accountable for their inaction. Sign our petition to tell the Department of Education it is time they release the names of secondary schools under investigation for the criminal negligence of sexual assault cases. High school girls are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault, yet too many schools nationwide are not being proactive in combating rape and sexual violence among their students. After our protest at Norman High School, Oklahoma passed a law to train teachers and administrators on how to respond to survivors of sexual assault to prevent further re-victimization. This year we helped pass key provisions of the Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 – a law that requires schools to implement education programs to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Under Title IX, every student has the right to go to school free from sexual harassment and gender-based violence and discrimination. This includes bullying of sexual assault survivors. In most cases administrators fail to understand their obligation under the law to protect victims. Incompetence in sexual assault cases is far too common. It is the responsibility of administrators to protect our children, and when they fail to do so they must be held accountable. Over the past few years the epidemic of sexual assault at colleges and universities has become national news. The Department of Education released a list of colleges and universities under investigation for Title IX violations in their handling of sexual assault cases -- but this information is not available publicly for middle and high schools. Join us in demanding the Department of Education publish the list of high schools being investigated for violating Title IX. Learn more about Yes All Daughters Learn more about SafeBAE  

Yes All Daughters
66,749 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Global Partnership for Education, Global Partnership for Education

Fund 12 Years of Education for Girls Around the World

A message from Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of the Malala Fund and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate: Sometimes people ask me, why is it important for girls to go to school? I think the more important question to ask is, why shouldn’t girls have the right to go to school? My courageous friend, sixteen year-old Muzoon from Syria, goes from tent to tent in her refugee camp in Jordan encouraging girls to stay in school. My sister Amina from the North of Nigeria, where Boko Haram threatens girls for simply wanting to learn, mentors younger girls who continue to want to go to school. There are over 60 million of our sisters around the world who share a thirst for education, yet do not have the opportunity to go to school or who have to drop out too soon. Together we can change that. In September, world leaders will commit to 12 years of free, safe, quality primary and secondary education for every girl and every boy in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This commitment holds tremendous promise for my sisters demanding more for their lives. But a commitment only counts if a commitment is kept. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) must lead the way in upholding this commitment, just as it has led way in supporting 9 years of education for millions of children to date. The GPE is a major funder of education in some of the world’s poorest countries. It makes possible incredible work to help students all over the world, every day. When countries give money in foreign aid for education lots of it goes to the GPE, and in December its Board of Directors will determine how that money will be used by over 60 nations around the world.   But currently the GPE’s focus is on funding 9 years of free, quality education for girls in these countries. We are asking that the GPE Board vote to expand its focus to a full 12 years of primary and secondary education and that GPE partners step up and give more money so that girls are given the opportunity to complete secondary schooling. A change like this will have a dramatic effect on the lives of millions of girls around the world who will be able to go on to become the leaders, teachers, scientists that they want to be and that our world needs. I am blessed everyday to wake up and know that I can receive a free, quality primary and secondary education, but I shouldn’t be the exception. Now is the time for us to join our voices and make a change for our sisters around the world. Stand with us and ask the GPE and its partners to lead the way on 12 years of primary and secondary schooling for girls through committing to mobilise the money necessary to achieve it.  #WithMalala

Malala Yousafzai
1,108,108 supporters