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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
9,706 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Mrs. Susan Wojcicki, Mr. Sundar Pichai

Demand YouTube Stop Suppressing Women's Issues Videos!

We are a group of people devoting our life's work to elevating the real stories of hardships girls and women face all over the world, from rape to abuse to sexual assault to sex trafficking and beyond. We do this in large part through our charitable project Real Women Real Stories. You may have watched a video or signed a petition featuring our videos and the women we work with. Some of our stories are painful. But all of them need to be heard. Some of the videos on our YouTube channel have received millions of views and thousands of comments. Most have been posted and reposted on news sites around the world and shared countless times on social media. Our project has changed women's lives as their stories give lots of strength and hope to the masses. We have embraced millions of women who currently have no voice, and received thousands of thank you letters... But YouTube is effectively punishing our project by demonetizing our videos. YouTube has justified this by saying some videos, including ones we have published about sexual assault and rape, are not "advertiser-friendly." By removing our ability to make money and pay for productions, YouTube is handing down a death sentence for this very important women's empowerment project. Please stand with us and urge YouTube to support gender equality and awareness of women's issues! You can also become our patron and support our efforts. Diminishing our ability to bring more women forward means failing to raise awareness and eliminate gender-based violence. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue making women's voices heard. We are not compromised by corporate money or beholden to advertisers or access to the powerful, because we do not want to sanitize our content. Only you have the power to help us build this bridge and make YouTube folks realize the project's importance, foster better understanding, encourage dialogue and hopefully lead toward acceptance and monetization of our movies. It's high time YouTube get off their high horse and agree to treat its creators better, especially those who fight for a better future. Please sign this petition to urge YouTube to stop suppressing women's rights videos and to re-monetize Real Women Real Stories so that we may continue to do this important work. Become our patron here. 1 in 3 women will be experience physical or sexual assault at least once in her lifetime -- every 98 seconds a woman is being sexually assaulted. It can be your sister, your mother, your daughter, your niece… We can no longer afford to ignore this social issue. Be our light in this dark time.

Matan Uziel
7 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). December 18th, 2009, marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the treaty by the United Nations, and while 186 countries have ratified the convention, the United States remains one of only seven countries in the world that have not. Ratification of the treaty is critical and urgent for continuing progress on women's and girls' rights in this nation and for bolstering efforts to support and advance women's rights as well as democracy, liberty, civil rights, universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide. Ratifying CEDAW would strengthen and advance the US Constitution, US leadership, this nation values, the common goods, and humanity goodness and virtues.

Vu Nguyen
341 supporters