Women's Rights

597 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Chuck Grassley, Senate Judiciary Committee, Mitch McConnell

Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations Now! Delay the Kavanaugh Vote!

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, stands accused of a crime, and it will take a public outcry to ensure these allegations are investigated before the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on his confirmation. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accuses Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed and drunkenly assaulting her while another boy, Mark Judge, watched. The event took place when they were in high school. She spoke publicly about the encounter to The Washington Post. We, the undersigned, demand that the U.S. Senate delay the vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh until its members have conducted a proper investigation into these allegations. Blasey described Judge Kavanaugh attempting to remove her clothes and covering her mouth when she tried to scream. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Blasey said in the interview. Early in the summer, when it became clear that Kavanaugh would be selected as Trump's nominee, Blasey sent a letter to her congresswoman, Anna G. Eshoo, and reached out to The Washington Post tip line. Later in July, she sent a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein. For several weeks, Blasey chose not to speak publicly in order to protect her family and her own privacy. Knowing she would be attacked, she completed and passed a lie detector test, administered by an ex-FBI agent, and gave the results to The Washington Post. Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life. If the vote to confirm Kavanaugh goes ahead without an investigation, these allegations could hang over the court for more than 40 years. With the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Kavanaugh and Blasey, we need to press Chairman Chuck Grassley to call for a delay. Sign now to call for a formal investigation into Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh.

Natasha Goldman
115,815 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

A Petition to be delivered to all U.S. Senators, all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and to all State lawmakers  Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment NOW Are you aware that Women’s Rights are not in the U.S. Constitution? Ask around. Many people mistakenly believe Women’s Rights are already in the U.S. Constitution. They’re not. Wait. What? They’re not? They’re not. The U.S. Constitution gives Women only one right –the right to vote. It’s time to amend the Constitution to guarantee women all the rights men have… not just the one right to vote. Fellow students and others, it’s time for us to finally convince elected U.S. and State lawmakers to pass and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). It’s so overdue.  What can you do?  Sign this petition if you support adding the ERA to the U.S. Constitution.  Sign this petition if you want to help lawmakers Pass and Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.  Sign this petition to accept the torch from those who came before us, giants on whose shoulders we stand. Let’s take the Equal Rights Movement up to the next level – ratification. Let’s take the torch from those who lit it and those who carried it such as: Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman; U.S. Representative Bella Abzug of New York and feminists Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, Bobbie Francis; Eleanor Roosevelt; Lucy Stone, Senator Ted Kennedy, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Senator Patsy Mink, Jeannette Rankin, Billie Jean King, Shirley Chisholm et al.  It’s our turn now. Be among the next wave of Equal Rights Activists. Sign, then spread the word. Then ask your U.S. and State lawmakers where they stand on the ERA. Ask them to sign, too. Be one of the reinforcements. Help make women’s rights official and Constitutional.

The Yellow Roses ERA
1,030 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Athens City Schools, Athens City School Board, Superintendent Gibbs

Ask for the Resignation or Removal of Dr. Paul Grippa from Athens City School Board

I call on the Board of Education of the Athens City School District, the superintendent and all other concerned individuals to dismiss Dr. Paul Grippa or ask for his Resignation from the Athens City School District Board due to the known mishandling of a case of student on student sexual violence, of which I was the victim. Following a year of sexual harassment, I was assaulted by a fellow student in 2010. Dr. Grippa did not report my case to authorities, destroyed case notes and told me I had to apologize to my perpetrator.   I express concern that Dr. Grippa’s actions signify a violation Athens City Schools Policy as I was unable to learn effectively every day of my secondary schooling career due to the nature of the case. The hostile environment it created when it was not correctly addressed thus violated my Title IX rights and right to learn (20 U.S.C. 1981, 20 U.S.C. 6319).   In my case: · When I gave names of potential witnesses, my principal refused to investigate. · I was told by Dr. Grippa that some of the locations where I had been harassed and assaulted were not within the school’s jurisdiction, which was false. · Upon reporting my sexual assault to Dr. Grippa, the police department was not involved or even contacted. · Dr. Grippa told me that my perpetrator needed an apology, that I was the one to blame. My perpetrator did not face any repercussions. · Dr. Grippa told me that the administrators had previously heard rumors of such behaviors and did not investigate. · I continued to have classes with my perpetrator and experienced bullying and continued harassment throughout high school. · As far as I understood, there was no institutional memory of what had happened in my case. · Current Superintendent Gibbs told me that Dr. Grippa had destroyed my case notes. The board acknowledges the grave impact of harassment (2260), which in this case led to my diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The sexual violence I experienced is defined under the prohibited behaviors of Athens City Schools including bullying and other prohibited behaviors (5517, 8400), as well as unlawful harassment which is also prohibited (1662) and violated ASCD’s mission to provide a safe environment free from such behaviors (8400). I am concerned about Dr. Grippa’s ability to show sound judgment and uphold the ethical principles and responsibilities he must use as a board member. He may have previously violated his responsibilities to undertake a formal investigation, to report my case to the proper authorities (8462) or the superintendent (613) as was dictated to him by board policy as Principal of Athens Middle School. In relation to my case, Dr. Grippa may have violated O.S.R. 2151.421 which dictates Ohio state mandated reporting law under which he was and remains responsible as a school authority. As I know that the board both acknowledges student rights of citizenship (5780), and its responsibility to the public (0118), I too am exercising my rights to take such action. I call upon the board to respect the oath of office that each member must take (0142.1), ask for the respect of the policies that detail the ethical actions, legal compliance and exemplary behavior that each member must show as laid out by the board (0142, 1200, 2110). I ask for your support in the removal of board member Dr. Paul Grippa (0146).  I am also asking for the creation of a student climate advisory board, (or another such body by which students can address their concerns about hostile climates created by sexual harassment or violence) and a review of policies and sexual violence prevention mechanisms. You can see more about my reasoning for creating the petition here:

Emmalyn Brown
74,979 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Susan M. Collins

Tell Susan Collins to Save Reproductive Rights

We are facing the most serious threat to abortion rights in 45 years. With the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, President Trump has fulfilled his campaign promise to nominate a highly conservative judge who could overturn Roe v. Wade by nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh. His nomination could give states the right to outlaw abortion -- ending the right to safe and legal abortion for women across the country. As a mother of two, I had the right and privilege to choose the size and timing of my family; it terrifies me that my sons, nieces, and nephews may not have the same.  But there's still a chance to protect reproductive rights. My senator, Republican Senator Susan Collins, could have the deciding vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination for the court – will you join me in asking her to reject his nomination? If Sen. Collins doesn't block Judge Kavanaugh, it’s likely that over 20 states could quickly enact severe restrictions or complete bans on abortion. This means women who can afford it will have to travel out of state to get the care they need. But many won't be able to afford it – which could lead to significant increases in injury and death due to people attempting to terminate their own pregnancies. As the rest of the world progresses forward, we can not stand for the United States to go back. If all 49 Democratic senators vote against Judge Kavanaugh, just one more vote could block their nomination and save access to legal abortion. Sen. Collins is just the person to cast that critical vote. Our reproductive rights have never been in more danger than they are right now. Sign now to tell Senator Collins she must reject Judge Kavanaugh and preserve the right for millions of women to obtain safe and legal access to reproductive care. Remind Collins that however she votes, this will be her LASTING legacy to her country.

Abby King
129,232 supporters