BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 16, 2015
Rapper 50 Cent’s recent declaration of bankruptcy raised quite a few eyebrows, and for obvious reason: in May, his net worth was valued by Forbes at $155 million for 2015, making him the fourth-richest hip-hop artist. In addition to his music career, 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) has also made bank with investment in Vitamin Water, and, most recently, his liquor sponsorship. Read More
BY Veronica Santos
on Mar 09, 2015
Yes that’s right, Facebook has created a 'feeling Fat’ emoji option. As you may already know, when you post your status, Facebook gives you an option to show to your friends (the world, Mark Zuckerberg, etc.) just how you feel in that moment. They even allow you to create your own if the 120 options they give you do not fit your particular mood at that time.
However, this double-chinned emoji has raised quite a few other feelings on Facebook and outside of it. So many that an official petition on Change. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Jan 02, 2015
LGBT suicide, specifically among teens, is sadly a far too common occurrence. Leelah Alcorn, a transgender 17 year-old from Ohio, tragically took her own life after posting a suicide note to Tumblr. The page has since been taken down, but according to this Change.org petition she wrote the following:
“My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say ‘that’s fucked up’ and fix it. Fix society. Please. Read More
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 thing. 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. Hoping to make a less image-conscious world for his two children, he decided to take a step back from the industry. 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 it, and you think everybody is noticing you doing it and condemning you in their minds. You shouldn't be doing it. 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. 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 help out. 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. 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 with her abuser. Read More