As part of International Women’s Day, we wanted to celebrate all of the amazing women who are working day and night to change America.
These are women who have shared personal stories of why change is needed. These are women working in the service of loved ones. These are women who just saw something wrong and decided to act. They are all heroic.
In an election season when we are all listening to platforms, policies, and promises, these women are using petitions to make change happen themselves.
Here are nine that we think will inspire you to dig in and make your own change:
9 Amazing Women Who Want to Change America
1. Amanda Nguyen is urging Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights
Amanda Nguyen is asking Congress to pass a bill of rights for rape survivors that includes the right to be notified of your rights in clear language, the right to know your own medical information from your own rape kit, the right not to have to pay for your own rape kit, and the right to a copy of your own police report. Many of these rights are not guaranteed in most states.
2. Rachel and Helen Lee are demanding women not be taxed for essential items in California
Around the world, we’re seeing women asking their governments to get rid of the “pink tax,” or the “tampon tax,” which taxes items necessary for women -- pads and tampons. Canada and several US states have already abolished the tax. But others are still pushing to get rid of it.
3. Gretchen Tome is standing up for victims of domestic abuse
Gretchen Tome takes domestic violence seriously; as a child therapist, she works with survivors of domestic violence in Baltimore every day. She also takes football seriously as a long-time Cleveland Browns fan. But when Gretchen found out pro football players can be criminally convicted of domestic violence twice before the NFL will finally kick them out, she wasn’t happy. So Gretchen started a petition urging the NFL to change their policy.
4. Tiffany, Erin, and Whitney are trying to get female veterans the recognition they deserve
During World War II, Elaine Danforth Harmon enlisted in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). She, along with more than 1,000 other female pilots worked stateside ferrying planes, towing targets for training, and serving as instruments instructors for male pilots. They earned veteran status in 1977 and in 2009 they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. But Arlington National Cemetery and other military cemeteries say that these women don’t qualify for military burial honors. Harmon’s granddaughters are petitioning to get her and others inurned in Arlington.
5. LaTonya Goldsby is trying to get justice for her cousin
LaTonya Goldsby is the cousin of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old that was shot as he played in a park with a toy gun. A grand jury declined to charge the officers who shot Tamir less than two seconds after arriving on the scene. Now she’s asking the Department of Justice to launch a federal investigation into prosecutor McGinty's handling of the grand jury process and her cousin’s killing.
6. Nancy Cardenas is fighting for immigrant rights
Nancy Cardenas is a Latina who grew up seeing how anti-immigrant laws can have devastating effects on immigrant families. She’s petitioning Governor McRory of North Carolina to veto HB 318, a bill that would allow local police to arrest anyone not carrying state ID and turn them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
7. Rebeca Alfaro is protecting her families and others from deportation
Rebeca Alfaro fled El Salvador for the United States after her mother and husband were killed by gangs. Her daughters followed her to the states a few year later where they were reunited in Boston. But as she’s seen others deported back to the violent countries, she worries her families is next. So she’s asking President Obama to grant a Temporary Protected Status to her family and other refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
8. Patricia Arquette is pushing to pass the Equal Rights Amendment
At last year’s Academy Awards, Patricia Arquette made a call for equal rights in her acceptance speech for her Best Supporting Actress award. On the anniversary of that night, she launched a petition asking Congress to ratify the ERA. The ERA would make gender discrimination unconstitutional.
9. Chrissy Chambers is standing against “revenge porn”
Chrissy Chambers is a well-known YouTuber; she is the star, along with Bria, of BriaAndChrissy. Chrissy is also a victim of revenge porn. Several years ago, an ex-boyfriend posted a video of them having sex online without her consent. And there is no law that punishes him posting the video or protects her from it. But she’s fighting back and asking Congress to criminalize revenge porn.
Is there something you want to change about America?