422 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Jim Turley, Ellie Morrison, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts: Stop Discriminating Against Young Women

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. #ScoutHerIn #LetSydneyInNOW #CatalystInc

Sydney Ireland
10,924 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Pam Bondi, Claire Metz

Stop Matt Suttons flagrant harassment of women

Matt Sutton is a well known Facebook User, primarily in the state of Florida, though he has been known to harass women all over the country. The first time Matt messaged me was back in April of this year, he started off by hitting on me but it quickly turned ugly once I told him I was not interested. He started saying terrible, misogynistic things to me, even though I was nothing but pleasant to him and have even tried to help him to realize that his actions are unacceptable on many occasions. I quickly found out that this was not a one time thing for him. Since my first interaction with him, he has not only contacted me two separate other times to harass me, but he has harassed hundreds and hundreds of other girls.  I believe that Matt Sutton should not be allowed to access as he uses it solely as a tool to harass (both sexually and non sexually) women he does not know. He spends his life threatening and badmouthing women. He curses at them, belittles them, taunts them, make threats, and even calls them repeatedly using the feature that Facebook provides. I also believe he should receive legal repercussions from his actions. He also is a known stalker and a racist. His account has been deleted several times (whether by himself or Facebook I am not sure) but he always shows back up. At first I found it humorous, but I have grown tired of his presence on the site, especially since a video went viral of him talking about engaging in sexual acts with underage children. I am surprised there were no consequences for him when that video surfaced, as it has over 132,000 views. In my opinion, Facebook is no place for a person like Matt Sutton, whether he is joking around or not. Please sign this petition to show your support so no other girls have to deal with his harassment. Please show the Volusia County Sherriffs Office that Matt Sutton is worth investigating. He has an arrest record so his contact information should be easily accessible to them. His Facebook: Video of him talking about molesting children: My Facebook post about the petition which has dozens of screenshots in the comments: Tumblr posts regarding Matt Sutton: Also, the comments section on here has DOZENS of testimonies from women all over the country who have been a victim of his incessant harassment both online and off.   MOST RECENT UPDATE: I am well aware of Matt Sutton being in jail during the entirety of this petition, no need for any more messages about it though I do thank you all for bringing it to my attention. I learned about it earlier today. I got caught up with things because it's finals week for me, but here's a link for those who havent seen it. He was arrested for false imprisonment. I don't know further details but I can only imagine what went on. I do know he's since been released apparently because a friend had him harassing her a couple of hours ago. My next steps since the police have been largely unhelpful is to contact the FBI. Since matt has made death threats and discussed child molestation, I am going to be calling them to see if they can offer us any options. I will keep you posted. Until then I encourage ALL of you to spam the Volusia County, Ormond City Beach, and Daytona Beach PD as well as the South Daytona Beach FB page (oddly enough the same one where that woman was put on blast for duct taping her dogs mouth shut) The only way we are going to get the police to care is if we make it so public they can't ignore it. So comment the petition on their page and ask what THEY are doing about it, not what I'm doing about it. I'm doing everything in my power to get this dude off the streets, but I'm only one woman. We need more man power and for the people saying more needs to be done than the petition, here's your chance.    His mugshot:   Update: I was alerted to Matt making new threats to a woman and her friends on instagram using his account @majigirepanda he was commenting telling her what a useless whore she was and threatening to shoot her and her friends.

Jenny Esposito
6,619 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Jackie Doyle-Price MP

Create a law to protect models from getting dangerously skinny!

I’m a 25 year old model, a clothes size 8. The girl in the picture is me. When I walked into one of the UK’s biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one -- I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, 2 inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me "down to the bone".When I look in the mirror I see someone that is healthy and comfortable in their skin. That’s because I had the guts to carve out my own path and refuse to let people pressure me into losing more and more weight. But with London Fashion Week the reminders are everywhere that we need a law to protect young girls, and boys, who are put under pressure to be dangerously thin.Modelling can be a very lonely place, especially for girls working internationally who are away from the usual support network of friends and family. When models travel overseas they are often put into shared accommodation with other models, and being surrounded by girls who are all striving to stay thin can perpetuate bad eating habits and encourage eating disorders. I’ve been on shoots for up to 10 hours where no food is provided -- the underlying message is always that you shouldn’t eat. The agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole.Earlier this year France became the latest country to vote to criminalise the use of models who are dangerously thin. Those breaking the law face fines and up to six months in jail. And there is growing momentum for change in the UK -- Caroline Nokes MP is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and is campaigning for the Government to look at the possibility of legislating to ensure models are of a healthy weight.  The time is now for us all to come together.Please sign my petition to create a law to protect vulnerable young girls and boys in the industry.*Note: the fur in the image is fake fur! 

Rosalie Nelson
190,511 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Francis Collins, Jenni Glenn Gingery, Sean Tipton, Mary Green, Dr. Anuja Dokras, Dr. Barbara Levy, Jeremy Lazarus, Kevin Griffis, Polly Webster, Yvonne Lau, Richard Ricciardi

Recognize #PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as a significant health concern demanding national attention and government support.

Often unrecognized PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) can cause many physical and emotional symptoms and for the up to 10% -20% of women and girls with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Worldwide, it is estimated less than half know what it is or that they have it. Many women with PCOS, have gone years without the proper diagnosis and have silently suffered not knowing what was truly wrong. Even in today’s medically advanced era, women from around the country are experiencing the same lack of response from a medical community with little understanding of PCOS, except in cases when the infertility aspect are addressed. As a result, single women, adolescents, LGBT, older women and those not trying to get pregnant have little chance of being diagnosed!!! PCOS can be a precursor to many life threatening conditions including type II diabetes, hypertension, cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney problems if left undiagnosed or untreated. This means PCOS contributes to some of the leading causes of death and disability in women today. So why does all of this this matter? PCOS is the leading cause of female infertility in women of reproductive age PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women PCOS affects an estimated 14 milluon reproductive-age women in the U.S. Over 50% of PCOS patients are obese 50% of PCOS patients have diabetes by age 40 Approximately 34% of women with #PCOS have #depression and 45% have anxiety. PCOS patients are at higher risk to develop high blood pressure, lipid disorders and coronary artery disease As many as 40% of PCOS patients as young as age 30-45 may have coronary calcification (a warning of heart attack risk) To put this in to further perspective... PCOS affects about 14 million women in the USA. That's more than the number of people diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus combined!" - Louise Chang, MD Therefore, PCOS leaders, government officials, organizaions and advocates are charged with identifying strategies for achieving substantial improvement in the quality of health care and education for all patients living with the syndrome.  PCOS patients can not and should not simply be dismissed as a gynecological or infertility problem! With more than half of the women with PCOS predestined to have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes before the age of 40,  and increased risks for heart disease, stroke and endometrial cancer, finding ways to diagnose, screen and educate on the connection between thesee diseases to PCOS is imperative! Without the proper education and awareness of these connected disorders and the seriousness of PCOS as a metabolic endocrine disorder, these epidemics will continue to rise. The NIH needs to allocate more than 0.1% of funding to the approximately 30 million women affected in The United States and needs to engage and direct federal agencies to support more research, better physician education and better tools and resources for women and girls with the syndrome to live healthier lives with healthier outcomes!

Ashley Levinson
28,179 supporters