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Women's Rights

615 petitions

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

National Chair Jim Turley: Please Stop the Boy Scouts from Discriminating Against Girls

I have been an unofficial member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for 13 years and try my best to live by the Scout Oath and Law 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.   The Boy Scouts say they are ready to welcome girls and young women.  Their actions do not support their words.   Last week, Boy Scout National Chair Jim Turley announced that the Boy Scouts will continue to ban girls until February 2019.  I, and other young women, will also be denied all Rank Advancement and Merit Badges we have earned.  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 college acceptances. I am ready to complete my Eagle Project - connecting adoptable dogs with veterans and providing information on training of these pets so they can train as service or therapy dogs. For my Eagle Project, I am partnering with Bideawee shelter, for the event on Veteran's Day, November 11th. Last year the BSA Chief Scout Executive encouraged me to keep earning Rank and Merit Badges and he said that I could be the first female Eagle Scout!  I viewed Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh as a mentor and supporter. I worked hard. I was elected Senior Patrol Leader of a Troop - a Troop I cannot officially join. Why is he now telling me my work does not count? 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 many young women will miss the chance to earn Eagle rank in time to include the honor with school applications and to support our applications for the World Scout Jamboree. 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, girls will rise through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts alongside the best of the boys. All we need is the opportunity Mr. Turley. If the Boy Scouts intend make girls feel welcome, the organization must not permit or ignore Harassment and Bullying of Young Women and Must Immediately Remove Adult Leaders Who Engage in Such Negative Behavior Internet bullying and harassment of any kind, particularly by an adult leader, is unacceptable.  Tell Mr. Turley, we deserve a safe program, free from harassment.   Tell BSA that accepting girls by 2019 is not enough – we deserve to be part of the Boy Scouts NOW and must have a SAFE SPACE. Send an email to Mr. Turley respectfully asking him to allow girls to join the Boy Scouts now. Girls have worked just as hard for recognition and deserve to the same Rank Advancement and Merit Badges as anyone else. Please send to all email addresses: michael.surbaugh@scouting.org; effie.delmarkos@scouting.org; pr@scouting.org; myscouting@scouting.org; communications@scouting.org #ScoutHerIn #LetSydneyInNOW #CatalystInc #MeToo

Sydney Ireland
11,323 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
660 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
1,279 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
1,087 supporters