Women's Rights

618 petitions

Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to Gavin Newsom

STOP the TAX of necessary feminine hygiene products (Tampons, pads, menstrual cups) in CA

Did you know that in California, people are required to pay an 8.25% tax on pads and tampons? That’s because menstrual products are considered “luxury items,” and not necessities. If you’ve ever had a period, you know that pads and tampons are absolutely necessary, and there’s nothing luxurious about the process. Ask incoming governor Gavin Newsom to repeal the sexist tampon tax – sign the petition. This tax is largely levied on women,  who are already more likely to live under the poverty line, and to be paid less than their male counterparts. Half of the population should not be financially penalized for something that occurs naturally in the human body. Some items are excluded from not only the luxury item tax but also sales tax items like food, which is considered to be necessary for most people to live comfortably. But also on this list are Viagra and candy bars. How can the state of California argue that is Viagra is more necessary than menstrual products? As young women ourselves, we find it incredibly insulting and sexist that our state gives men a tax break for Viagra, but penalizes women for having periods. Sign if you agree. Already, campaigns like this one have pushed Nevada, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Minnesota, Maryland and the whole country of Canada to exempt tampons and pads from sales tax. California has a history of stepping up against sexism: in 1995 it was one of the first states to pass a bill that prohibited business establishments from basing the price of services and products on a person’s gender. Now it’s time that our state’s tax laws did the same. Sign our petition and ask our new governor Gavin Newsom to end the “tampon tax” in California and exempt tampons and pads from sales tax.

Rachel & Helen Lee
27,325 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security

Demand DHS protect immigrant women from sexual assault

For immigrant women, entering the U.S. can be a difficult road. A recent study showed that many women are being strip searched and sexually abused by Border Patrol Agents. Their complaints are rarely addressed, and the agents are hardly ever reprimanded. The current process for even filing a complaint is filled with obstacles. When complaints are filed, it’s often the Border Agent’s word against the victims. Immigration stories shouldn’t include incidents of sexual coercion. Tell the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect immigrant women from sexual assault - place cameras in booking areas. Two sisters from Guatemala were strip searched and sexually assaulted by a Border Patrol Agent. He took each of them separately, forcing them to remove their clothes and touched their genitals. The booking areas all were without cameras. Current DHS policies require strip searches be performed only by female agents. If that is impossible due to staffing, then two agents are supposed to be in the room. Their complaint was investigated, only to be thrown out due to a ‘lack of physical evidence’. Their story isn’t isolated. From 2010-2016, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection received 84 complaints of coerced sexual assault. Agents should not use their positions of power to sexually assault  immigrant women. Tell the DHS to protect immigrant women from sexual assault, install cameras in booking areas. Sexual assaults by Border Agents is not something that can be overlooked.

Campaigns Lab
36,908 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

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

Women are miscarrying at work, demand Congress do more for pregnant women in the workplace

A 40-year old law grants pregnant women workplace protections, but there’s a big loophole - if businesses don’t already aid other workers with similar health restrictions, they don’t legally have to help pregnant women. Women are having miscarriages because employers are not accommodating them. Tell Congress to beef up this existing workplace protection law, to treat pregnant women in line with ADA considerations. In a recent New York Times piece, several pregnant women working in a warehouse had their needs ignored. A third-party logistics company used by Verizon was forcing pregnant women to carry on their duties, as if they weren’t pregnant. Those duties included carrying 45-pound boxes. Many of the women had doctor’s notes stating they should not carry heavy boxes for both their own health and the health of their babies. Their needs were neglected. Most of them had miscarriages. No woman should have to choose between her job, her health, and the health of her unborn child. That’s why across the U.S., 23 states and the District of Columbia have created additional anti-discrimination laws to protect pregnant women from being fired and mistreated in the workplace. According to the National Women’s Law Center, “they share a core principle: a pregnant worker with a medical need for accommodation should not be pushed out of work when she can be reasonably accommodated without imposing an undue hardship on the employer.” States shouldn’t have to go it alone, workplace protections for pregnant women should be available to all Americans. Women working in factories or in other strenuous environments shouldn’t lose their babies, or face serious health issues themselves. Tell Congress to expand the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, protect pregnant women from avoidable health complications.

Campaigns Lab
912 supporters