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Petition to Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Sheila Jackson Lee, Tammy Duckworth, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Elevate Women's Equality Day to a Federal Holiday

August 26th is Women's Equality Day here in the United States. Though this is a landmark date, many Americans are still unaware of its existence or the significance of such day. Women’s Equality Day is largely important to American history. For one, on August 26, 1920, women were officially granted the right to vote in the United States after the certification of the 19th amendment.  Fifty years later on August 26, 1970, feminists activists joined ranks on this day to remind our legislators that the buck doesn't stop there. They organized a protest with over 100,000 women to campaign for equality in education, employment and childcare.   On this same day  in 1971, a national bill was passed to designate August 26th a day of prominence- Women's Equality Day. This petition is an effort to further recognize the importance of this day to not only make sure that it is enriched in history lessons but that it deemed important enough to take precedence as a federal holiday. By recognizing this day as federally important, we will be commemorating and celebrating the efforts of the women that have come before us as pioneers and activists who sought the need for women's social and political mobility. Also, it an effort to keep the torch burning so that women and girls can live in a society that see and treat them as equals. However, recognizing this day as a federal holiday does not resolve all efforts to establish equality. There is so much work to be done. (Women are still making less than their male counterparts and for women of color, the gap is far greater.  Also, women have lesser numbers in significant forms of leadership.) This initiative will bring us a step closer towards balancing the scale and commemorating efforts that support inclusiveness and equality.  What is a federal holiday? Federal holidays are days recognized by our U.S. government. Usually, the holiday is deemed so important that federal offices are closed.  Typically, banks, schools, and post offices refrain from regular activities on these days. Federal law requires the President of the United States to observe these days of significance. A federal holiday may accompany certain activities and ceremonies.  The President may make a statement or speech to elevate the day and call on the country to celebrate as well.   National Women's Equality Day, the federal holiday means a future that includes all experiences of women. We are not divided by race, skin color, religion, disabilities, or those we choose to love. We are united by those differences because diversity is what makes our nation stronger! The petition to elevate Women’s Equality Day is a call to action to ensure that the efforts of all women are recognized and included. Women are necessary contributors in all aspects of society and should be represented in historical records. It is time to rally around a federal holiday that acknowledges ALL women! You can also visit www.nationalwomensequalityday.com for future news and updates on this petition.

Women For Action
1,421 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 ScoutingLetMeIn@gmail.com.  Thank you for your support. Photo credit: Yasmeen Khan at WNYC. 

Sydney and Bryan Ireland
8,767 supporters