BY Samantha Albala
on Nov 10, 2014
Victoria's Secret has pulled their controversial campaign for "The Perfect 'Body'," following a petition to change the bra campaign. The petition was started by three women from Leeds College in England, who are asking that Victoria’s Secret not use harmful language in their campaigns.
Victoria’s Secret is a very large company with a lot of influence, and posting an ad that might have been alluding to inclusivity or body-love seems to say the wrong ... Read More
Sadly, Photoshop exaggeration is old news. “Nobody really looks like that”, you remind yourself every time a commercial flashes an image of an airbrushed-to-“perfection” model. Although, do we as individuals really have any power to change the marketing industry standard?
One father says “yes." Seth Matlins, a former chief marketing officer, has seen his fair share of computer-altered waistlines and falsely whitened skin. ... Read More
BY Rachael Roth
on Dec 10, 2013
A worldwide movement to end street harassment through crowd-sourcing called 'Hollaback!' has launched a petition on Change.org, demanding that Rush Limbaugh apologize for the ridiculously insensitive statements he made on his show last night concerning street harassment:
"The first way to deal with this that came into my mind, is you find yourself staring, looking at, casually glancing at a woman, but you know that it's now socially taboo. You shouldn't be doing ... Read More
While Wikipedia and Twitter have gender gaps, the one website that has a substantial amount of women working is none other than the petition website Change.org. As Forbes Women reports, women make up 57% of Change’s users, signing 66% of petitions and even starting 46% of the petitions online.
The 2007 startup, Change.org, is now certified as a B corporation. Just last year the website generated 100,000 petitions and 10 million users.
In an exclusive ... Read More
BY Amy Zimmerman
on Jan 31, 2013
The BUSTiest news you’ll hear all day: Allana Maiden and her mother Debbie Barrett will meet with Victoria’s Secret representatives today in order to plead their case for a “Survivor” line of bras for breast cancer survivors. Debbie is a mastectomy survivor who, like many other women in the same position, has trouble finding comfortable, cute bras. On behalf of her mother, Allana created a Change.org petition asking Victoria's Secret to ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jan 24, 2013
Later this month, NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit plans to shoot an episode that features convicted rapist, Mike Tyson, as a guest star. Tyson will play Reggie Rhodes, “a murderer on death who is also the victim of a difficult childhood.” You may recall that the boxer physically abused his wife, Robin Givens. Or that in 1991, he raped Miss Black America contestant, Desiree Washington, in a hotel room in Indianapolis.If you love SVU ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Sep 13, 2012
It seems like Verizon can charge you for anything these days. Though skyrocketing fees are a mere annoyance for some, they also can mean the difference between life and death for victims of domestic violence.
Cynthia Butterworth, a resident of Rochester, NY, was shocked when her sister was brutally beaten by her boyfriend—and even more shocked when she learned that Verizon Wireless was planning to charge her $500 to end the cell phone contract she shared ... Read More
BY Intern Kelsie
on May 01, 2012
Many women have a love/hate relationship with the media. We grow up with it, are practically raised by it in some cases, and come of age looking to the media for clues as to the type of people, the type of women, we should become. According to the current beauty standards, the type of woman we should aspire to be is thin, white, wealthy and able-bodied. The most pervasive of those expectations in fashion magazines, at least, is thinness--we see it everywhere. ... Read More
BY Grace Evans
on Jun 22, 2011
Saudi Women for Driving, a coalition comprised of Saudi academics, bloggers and activists, are putting pressure on leading car manufacturers to pull out of Saudi Arabia until women have the right to drive.
They have approached Subaru first because it is heavily marketed at women and sponsors women’s surf festivals, triathlons and ski events as well as the Outstanding Woman in Science Award for the Geological Society of America. The online petition on ... Read More
BY Grace Evans
on May 10, 2011
Growing up I was shy and awkward. Okay, maybe I’m still a little shy and awkward but my point is that I didn’t always have the confidence to stand up for myself. But a major source of confidence and esteem building for me came from my involvement in Girl Guides (the Canadian version of Girl Scouts).
Taking that lesson to heart, two amazing young ladies in Girl Scouts are standing up for what they believe in. Ann Arbor’s Rhiannon Tomtishen and ... Read More