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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. Photo credit: Yasmeen Khan at WNYC. 

Sydney and Bryan Ireland
9,059 supporters
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Petition to Boy Scouts of America, Michael Surbaugh, Charles W. Dahlquist II, Forrest Gertin

Let youth female Boy Scouts into the Order of the Arrow!

As of October 11, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America made history as they finally announced that they would be allowing girls into their program in 2018, and letting girls earn the rank of Eagle Scout (the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn) in 2019. We've been fighting for this for over 4 years now and I am jubilant that it is happening, however, we still have a long way to go.  The Order of the Arrow is a Boy Scout Honor Society that is youth led and recognizes Scouts who go above and beyond in service and leadership. The problem with this is that girls cannot be initiated into the OA until they are 21, when they are considered adults in the Boy Scouts. This is unfair to youth girls who put a lot of time and effort into scouting and helping others because they deserve a chance to be members of the OA as a youth. If we are going to let girls into the Boy Scout program as Boy Scouts, we should also let them be apart of all the things Boy Scouts have an opportunity to partake in. So let's raise awareness on this issue and hopefully get this rule changed so that young girls like me,Sydney, and thousands of other girls can do what they've always wanted to do!   Please sign my petition and encourage your friends on social media to get involved. I can be reached at if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support!

Girls In the OA
67 supporters
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Petition to David White, Ilyanne Morden Kichaven, Jeffrey Bennett, Gabrielle Carteris

Convene an actionable committee to address gender inequities in Hollywood

We are actors.  We are proud members of SAG-AFTRA. The support the Union has offered has been invaluable. The unity we share as SAG-AFTRA actors is an extraordinary honor.  The Union has done wondrous work to ensure proper working conditions and wages for the average working actor. But as female actors, We’ve come to understand some very unfortunate realities about the business to which we’ve dedicated ourselves, and some regrettable shortcomings of the Union that is supposed to represent us. While women represent 41% of SAG-AFTRA membership, an estimated 70% of working and aspiring actors and more than half the global population, we were only the protagonists of 12% of the 100 top grossing films last year. Recent reports show that women are underrepresented at an 8 to 1 ratio for film and television leads. Only 11% of females depicted in top grossing films of 2014 were black and moviegoers were only slightly more likely to see a Latina or Asian female character--only 4% and 3%, respectively--than a female character from another planet. Roughly a third of female speaking characters were shown in sexually revealing attire or were (at least) partially naked while more than half the women portraying characters aged 13-20 (teenagers) were shown with some nudity. These reports are not only an indication of discriminatory hiring practices in Hollywood, but of a great disservice to our culture and the world’s audiences. The industry is marked by innumerable instances of discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault, especially in a context of sexual content on screen. These abuses are unacceptable in any context.  The fierce competition female actors face and a gross imbalance of power nurtures the industry’s proclivity to stigmatize players for having a voice. A key principle of the Union is that our unity prevents such devaluations. We hope that all actors will be able to walk in to any employment situation with confidence that their rights have been firmly established, supported and normalized by our Union without fear they may be individually targeted, slandered or precluded from future work in any way if they stand for what would otherwise be clear and basic human, moral and legal rights. Despite the Union’s documented policies, the industry’s silent acceptance of these injustices has had critical, lasting effects on our members both personally and professionally.  We must find a way to alter our current culture to go beyond the small print statements and effectively promote an atmosphere and enforcement of a zero tolerance policy.  We cannot continue to stand by. We stand behind our Union and need our Union to stand for us.  We need SAG-AFTRA to stand and to step up. It is time for women’s interests to be addressed and their voices to be heard. Inequalities, discrimination, harassment and even sexual assault are still part of our experience in the industry. We call for the support of our Union to form an actionable, open gender committee to address the issues facing female performers.    We feel the Union is in the best position to: - unify its members with a unique ability to reach, convene, support and mobilize its participating members; - institute policies within the entertainment industry that protect women and our rights; - be a voice for those who have been silenced by a culture of sexual harassment and discrimination and provide those victims with substantive resources and support- move beyond a statement of "zero tolerance" for sexual harassment, assault and discrimination to enforcement and a culture of zero tolerance.- provide resources for family planning and maternity leave; - and take a clear stance on the stark income disparity between genders. The role of women in media has long been a controversial subject. It is time that the women of our Union be empowered regarding the use of their image, and to have roles that more richly and responsibly portray the lives and roles of women in our society. We believe that the unification of the Union’s female (and interested male and other gender) members around these issues will be a strong response. We would be served by the opportunity to convene around these issues with the support and protection of our Union to hold an open and transparent dialogue on the issues facing female performers.     There currently exists a “women’s committee” bullet pointed on the SAG-AFTRA website, but there is a lack of clarity to its activities, no contacts, no support available for interest in its activities and no initiatives or programs seem to exist around these issues.  For example, our Union provides for pensions, healthcare and even emergency relief, but offers no resources to women entering motherhood. As creative professionals we bring to life any culture we can envision. We can surely find a way to produce media that affects positive culture shifts, rather than reflecting and perpetuating oppressive gender roles and exploitive gender norms.     Our members have shown extraordinary resilience and perseverance in the face of extreme inequities, but it is time these conditions be addressed.  SAG-AFTRA is a strong voice for performers. If our Union supports a voice for gender equality, we should convene a committee to discuss gender issues and spark an initiative for equality. Thank you for your support of your female members.

M Hampton
715 supporters