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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
9,543 supporters
This petition won 10 months ago

Petition to Tim Scott, Beth Ford, Chris Policinski (CEO), J Forbis, R Gieancoli, A Bedi, Pete Kappelman, Alan Pierson, JP Ruiz-Funes, Douglas Reimer, Nancy Giacchetti, Su Rankin, Loren Heeringa, Lisa Deverell, Peter Janzen, Government Relations, Rebecca Lentz, Membership , Land O'Lakes, Land O'Lakes, Inc., Lydia Botham

Request that Land O’Lakes Add at Least One Female Member to its Board of Directors

According to recent data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, 24 Fortune 500 companies currently have no women on their boards. Land O’Lakes, a leader in its industry, is one of the companies on this embarrassing list. It is fundamentally unfair and repugnant that gender inequality can prevent a woman from joining Land O’Lakes’s board of directors, no matter how hard-working, deserving, or qualified she is. Lack of gender diversity is so last century!  Land O'Lakes is a member-owned agricultural cooperative based in Minnesota, focusing on the dairy industry. Land O'Lakes has around 1,000 member-cooperatives with about 10,000 employees who process and distribute products for about 300,000 agricultural producers. It is ranked third on the National Cooperative Bank Co-op 100 list of mutuals and cooperatives. The co-op is one of the largest producers of butter and cheese in the United States. It handles 12 billion pounds of milk each year. As one of the most recognizable names in dairy goods, Land O'Lakes makes products used by families around the country. Women make up a significant percentage of the company’s consumers. This makes it even more unfathomable that Land O’Lakes does not include any women on their board. Land O'Lakes should try harder to find at least one qualified woman to serve on its board of directors! Sign this petition and ask Land O’Lakes to add at least one female member to its board of directors.  Adding women to Land O’Lakes’s board will significantly increase Land O’Lakes’s profits and makes business sense. A 2015 McKinsey and Co. study determined that companies in the top quartile of gender diversity are 15% more likely to financially outperform those in the bottom quartile. A 2014 Catalyst study found that having more women in leadership and board positions resulted in better financial performance while increasing innovation and group performance.  A gender-diverse board will increase Land O’Lakes’s competitive advantage. Diversity of thought, view, and experience will give Land O’Lakes a competitive advantage because it will help the company consider new perspectives, ask different questions and recognize fresh trends and opportunities. Companies that do not have women on their boards miss out on the perspective of more than half the population.  As an industry leader, supporting gender equality puts Land O’Lakes on the right side of the issue. Does Land O’Lakes need its peer companies or government to remind it to do the right thing? Does Land O’Lakes want to be on the wrong side of history? As a company of high stature, visibility and influence, Land O’Lakes has the resources and footprint to create a positive legacy. By solving its board of directors gender diversity problem, Land O’Lakes can continue cementing its position as both a corporate and social leader.  I am a founder of Women Serve on Boards, a General Counsel at a leading technology company and an enthusiastic advocate for women and gender equality. As a Land O’Lakes customer, female professional and mother of two daughters, I would like to see more relatable female role models and leaders at every level of Land O’Lakes. The change must start at the top. I hope the next generation of women will benefit from a more equal society and that Land O’Lakes can lead the charge in getting us there. After all, this is 2016. Why should one’s gender make it impossible to serve on the board of directors of Land O’Lakes? I genuinely hope that you join me in urging Land O'Lakes to take steps toward gender equality on its board. Thank you very much in advance for being a socially responsible leader. Together, we can pave the way to a more equal future.

Olga Mack
336 supporters
This petition won 11 months ago

Petition to Hasbro

Change "Mrs. White" to "Dr. White" in Clue/Cluedo

Every so often a single word can make a huge difference.  Since 1949, the board game Cluedo (or Clue, in North America) has delighted children and adults as a challenging diversion, but one thing has always remained slightly off the mark: only male characters have professional titles. Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum sport the forms of address for the military and academia, partly to set them apart from Mr. Green, but also to convey a sense of story. They are the kind of romantic characters you might encounter in a mystery novel or film.  On the women's side, however, the titles are simply: Miss, Mrs... and Mrs. And while Miss Scarlet is often portrayed as a femme fatale, and Mrs. Peacock as a society matron, only Mrs. White is depicted having a profession and nearly always as a servant: she's a cook, a maid, a housekeeper.  This is where one word could make a difference. Hasbro should change Mrs. White to Dr. White. By portraying her as a white-coated physician, surgeon, or scientist, it would show support for women in general, and give young girls an everyday image of an accomplished professional who just happens to be a woman. It may not seem like much, but it is these kinds of small gestures and images that subtly combine to make up the impression that young people have of other people and themselves. Please encourage Hasbro to award Mrs. White her doctorate, even if, occasionally, ... she is the one whodunit!

John Chaneski
1,832 supporters