Equality at a Higher Frequency

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Ultraviolet: Equality at a Higher Frequency

Media Coverage

Women's group calls for NFL to suspend Johnny Manziel

Nov. 4, 2015 - WKYC

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Women's group urges impeachment of Fuller

March 19, 2015 - Montgomery Advertiser

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George Will's Michigan State University Commencement Speech Sparks Protests, Outrage

Dec. 9, 2014 - Media Matters

Michigan State University's decision to host George Will as a commencement speaker this weekend is sparking angry opposition from students, a prominent women's equality group, and campus sexual assault advocates who plan to protest the event because of Will's past comments about campus sexual assault.

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Women's Rights Group Demands Investigation Into Rape Allegations At Detention Center

Oct. 31, 2014 - Huffington Post

A women’s rights group is demanding that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights investigate allegations of sexual abuse at a Texas immigrant detention center that houses families.

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The Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court Case, Explained by Puppets!

March 20, 2014 - Glamour

I'm obsessed with this video from the equality website UltraViolet. They teamed up with The Daily Show co-creator and activist Lizz Winstead to illustrate the absurdity of this case, break down the issue, and remind us why we don't want our bosses in our bedrooms.

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Puppets Weigh In on Supreme Court Contraception Case

March 20, 2014 - Roll Call

[UltraViolet] is pulling the strings in a new ad campaign aimed at raising awareness and support for a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception.

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National group collects 60,000 signatures to urge Ohio lawmakers to pass bill restricting parental rights for rapists

March 19, 2014 - Cleveland.com

Students from the Ohio State University chapter of abortion rights group Choice USA delivered signatures collected on the Ultraviolet website to Sen. John Eklund... Wednesday morning. Eklund chairs the Senate Criminal Justice Committee where three bills to restrict rapists' parental rights are pending.

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Dartmouth under fire for response to incidents of rape on campus

March 15, 2014 - Union Leader

A national women's group has started an online petition calling out Dartmouth College as a "chronic offender" of failing to protect female students from sexual assault. The petition, by the group UltraViolet, has nearly 50,000 signatures so far and demands Dartmouth take action.

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50,000 Activists Demand Sexual Assault Reform At Dartmouth After Student Publishes A ‘Rape Guide’

March 14, 2014 - Think Progress

Karin Roland, the campaign director for UltraViolet, told ThinkProgress that the situation at Dartmouth has reached a boiling point — and it’s now possible to harness that frustration to push for real policy reform.

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SRQ Airport rejects ad from women's rights group

March 12, 2014 - WWSB

"These are the facts of the lives of women in Florida,” says Karin Roland, Ultraviolet’s campaign director, “and the fact that women are earning 84 cents for every dollar a man earns in Florida, and that Florida's representatives oppose the bill that would help close that gap, isn't a political issue.”

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Protests planned for Whole Foods in Berkeley, Oakland

March 6, 2014 - San Jose Mercury News

A coalition of women and labor groups will protest on Saturday at Whole Foods stores in Berkeley and Oakland. They are organized by national women's activist group UltraViolet and Fight For 15, a Chicago-based labor union for retail and fast-food workers, who are demanding better treatment of women employees.

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A toxic situation: Walmart and Target take on chemical safety

Dec. 17, 2013 - The Guardian


"Women shouldn't have to worry about cancer when they apply their makeup," said Shaunna Thomas of UltraViolet, a women's group that joined forces with the Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to go after Revlon.

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Lady Wants To Talk About Shoes, Not Bus Reliability, Implies Sexist Metro Ad

Dec. 3, 2013 - DCist


“These new ads by Metro Forward are not edgy, they are sexist, stupid and offensive. The PR failure shows just how little Metro Forward thinks of its everyday passenger, and highlights how out of touch the system is with the DC-area residents that they serve,” Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, said in a statement.

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Rambold released from 30-day prison term for rape of girl

Sept. 26, 2013 - Billings Gazette

The complaint to the Judicial Standards Commission was filed Tuesday in Helena by representatives of the Montana National Organization for Women and a women’s rights group known as UltraViolet.

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Petitioners demand that Montana judge resign over rape sentencing

Sept. 24, 2013 - KRTV

Marian Bradley, Montana NOW

The National Organization of Women, better known as NOW, filed a complaint on Tuesday against Judge Todd Baugh of Billings for his comments and perceived leniency during the sentencing of Stacey Rambold... On Tuesday, members of NOW along with a group known as Ultraviolet delivered 144,000 signatures in boxes along with the complaint to Montana's Judicial Standards Commission in Helena.

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The Left Won’t Be Happy Until Janet Yellen Is Federal Reserve Chair

Sept. 15, 2013 - Buzzfeed

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“What an awesome moment this is. I cannot tell you how many people are overjoyed right now that this is happening. It’s a huge, huge thing,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of Ultraviolet, a women’s rights advocacy group that strongly opposed Summers based in part on what Thomas called “character issues” dating back to his days as president of Harvard.

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Macy’s Under Fire for Blocking Women’s Equal Pay Act in Texas

Aug. 28, 2013 - Fashionista

[T]oday, anti-sexism group UltraViolet delivered a petition signed by over 80,000 people urging the company to “publicly pledge to never lobby against equal pay legislation again and apologize for their past efforts.” According to UltraViolet cofounder Shaunna Thomas other retailers (like Kroger, for instance) sent letters to Perry urging him to veto the bill; however, the group has decided to target Macy’s “because it was the biggest retailer to lobby against it.”

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UltraViolet Protesting RIGHT NOW At Macy’s Herald Square: “Stop Blocking Equal Pay!”

Aug. 28, 2013 - Bust

Happening RIGHT NOW at Macy’s Herald Square: the anti-sexism protest group UltraViolet is gathering outside of the iconic Macy’s location to protest the company’s continued lobbying – and you won’t believe this – against equal pay for women.

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Macy's Convinces Rick Perry That Women Don't Need Equal Pay

Aug. 20, 2013 - Jezebel

UltraViolet, the activist organization that convinced Reebok to stop sponsoring rapey rapper Rick Ross, is putting the pressure on Macy's for helping to defeat a crucial equal pay bill meant to protect women from gender discrimination.

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Fox Business Refuses To Air Ultraviolet Ad Slamming Pundits For Sexist Comments

June 4, 2013 - Huffington Post

Fox Business Network has rejected a television ad created by a women's rights group that calls for pundits Lou Dobbs, Erick Erickson and Juan Williams to be fired for negative remarks they made on the network last week about women who work outside the home.

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Fox Business Refuses To Air Ad Calling For Firing Of Erickson, Dobbs, And Juan Williams Over ‘Sexist’ Comments

June 4, 2013 - Mediaite

Fox Business Network is refusing to run an ad that urges the company to fire three of its most controversial commentators. The 30 second spot, produced by women’s equality group UltraViolet takes aim at Erick Erickson, Lou Dobbs and Juan Williams for their recent comments about women in the workplace.

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Zombie 'Ex' Bleeding Target To Be Discontinued Amid Public Outcry

May 9, 2013 - Huffington Post

Organizations like UltraViolet, a community fighting sexism and working to expand women's rights, petitioned Amazon to take the shooting target off of its website.
"'The ex' shooting target turns violence against women into a joke and promotes the idea that men should want to kill their ex-wives or ex-girlfriends," UltraViolet's petition reads.

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Social Media, Pushing Reebok To Drop a Rapper

April 12, 2013 - New York Times

Paul Stetzer

The groundswell of protests that has apparently forced Reebok to end its relationship with the rapper Rick Ross has focused attention on the feminist group UltraViolet, which harnessed social media and even placed ads on Facebook in a campaign against Mr. Ross after he rapped about drugging a woman and having sex with her without her knowledge.

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RAPE SURVIVORS Want Reebok to Deliver Rick Ross' Head

April 9, 2013 - TMZ

Reebok supports date rape by supporting Rick Ross ... that's the way a leading women's group and scores of rape survivors see it.
UltraViolet -- a women's rights group 400,000 strong -- is incensed the company is not dumping Ross in the wake of his new song, which fantasizes about date rape...
The group -- along with 150 rape survivors -- grouses, "Every single day that Reebok continues rewarding Rick Ross with a lucrative endorsement deal, Reebok is condoning rape."

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Leonard Pitts: Clueless rapper proves progress never final

April 7, 2013 - Miami Herald

Women and those who love them have reacted angrily. UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy group, is pushing Reebok to drop its endorsement contract with Ross. A group called the Parents Television Council is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to “investigate” any radio station playing the song. At least one station, WUVS in Muskegon, Mich., isn’t waiting. Program director Paul Allen told Billboard magazine he has pulled all Rick Ross songs off his air.

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Rick Ross Protesters Demand Reebok Sever Ties, Twitter Apology Not Accepted [VIDEO]

April 4, 2013 - Radio.com

“These are 72,000 petitions signed by our members all over the country,” Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of Ultra Violet, told Radio.com. “They are also comments from people about why they feel Reebok needs to drop Rick Ross over his recent lyrics about drugging and raping a girl.”

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Hot Topics: People Picket Reebok's Support of Rick Ross

April 4, 2013 - The View

People are set to picket outside Reebok today demanding that they fire rapper Rick Ross as a spokesperson because of song where they claim he is bragging about putting a drug in a woman's drink and having sex with her while she's passed out.

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Rick Ross Finally Speaks Claiming “U.O.E.N.O” Is A Misunderstanding

March 29, 2013 - Hot 97

Although Rozay claims the line to be a misinterpretation, Activists are calling for Reebok to drop Rick Ross The Boss as its spokesman.

“When a company rewards a man who raps about raping women, that’s promoting rape culture. Reebok needs to know that we won’t stand for this,” says UltraViolet, a women’s rights organization who started an online petition.

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Should Reebok can Rapper for Lyrics?

March 29, 2013 - Fox News

Today's PopTarts column brings you news of outraged groups calling on Reebok to drop Rick Ross as a spokesperson over lyrics in his new single which appear to glorify date rape. The co-founder of a women's rights website says it's quote, "Totally appalling that Reebok would be featuring and paying a spokesman like Rick Ross who is proudly rapping about raping women."

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Petition Demands Rick Ross Be Dropped from Reebok Over Date Rape Lyric

March 29, 2013 - ABC News Radio

A petition demanding that Reebok drop Rick Ross as a spokesperson for the brand because of lyrics he spit on Rocko's track "U.O.E.N.O." has picked up more than 50,000 signatures. Members of the online community Ultraviolet -- a group mostly comprised of moms, dads and student athletes -- signed the online document, threatening to both boycott Reebok and protest at the company's Boston headquarters.

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Rick Ross Responds to Date-Rape Lyric Controversy, Petition Launched Demanding Reebok Drop Rapper as Spokesman

March 29, 2013 - E! Online

Rick Ross is trying to set the record straight after coming under fire over lyrics in the song "U.O.E.N.O" that appear to condone date rape...

"We are appalled that Reebok would pay a spokesperson who brags about enjoying drugging and raping a woman," said Nita Chaudhary, cofounder of the women's rights group UltraViolet, in a statement. "Reebok devotes a lot of time, energy and money to marketing to women—and now they are paying a man who is literally bragging about raping us while absurdly insisting it can't possibly be rape if he doesn't use the word 'rape.'"

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Women's Group wants Reebok to drop Rick Ross Over ‘U.O.E.N.O"

March 29, 2013 - LA Radio 102.3

*Women’s rights activists are calling on Reebok to drop Rick Ross as a spokesman after he appeared to boast about using a date rape drug with a woman in “U.O.E.N.O. (You Ain’t Even Know It).”...

However, Ross failed to apologize, and members of anti-sexism group UltraViolet are now urging Reebok to take a stand and cancel his contract as a celebrity representative.

Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, says, “We are appalled that Reebok would pay a spokesperson who brags about enjoying drugging and raping a woman.

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Mobile billboard sends message

Jan. 17, 2013 - The Herald-Star

The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - A national organization is sponsoring a mobile billboard that is traveling throughout the city this week, calling for justice in the alleged rape of a 16-year-old Weirton female.

"Justice needs to be served. A rape was (allegedly) committed and people need to be held accountable. Women across the country see themselves in this story and we are tired of this. We want justice," Karin Roland, UltraViolet campaign director, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

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Mobile billboard sends message to AG about teen rape case, attracts attention around Steubenville

Jan. 16, 2013 - WTOV 9

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A mobile billboard posted on a truck is traveling around the Steubenville area with a message to Ohio's attorney general about a teen rape investigation.

The billboard is directed toward Attorney General Mike DeWine and reads: "Prosecute everyone who's involved in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, including those who posted photos and videos on the Internet instead of trying to stop or report the crime. The world is watching Steubenville."

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UltraViolet: Proposed Cuts to Social Security Will Hurt Women

Dec. 19, 2012 - Paramus Post

“The proposed deep Social Security benefit cuts under consideration by the President and Congress, through the chained CPI, will inflict real pain on some of our most vulnerable communities--especially women.”

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Women's Groups Lend Muscle To Gun Control Effort

Dec. 18, 2012 - Huffington Post

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Ultraviolet, a women's rights group that fights sexism in politics and the media, circulated a gun control petition on Monday that makes no mention of women or gender.

"It's outrageous that a person can purchase an assault rifle more easily than they can access mental health care," the petition says. "It's time for a comprehensive plan that addresses guns and the causes of gun violence, including mental health. We cannot wait one second longer."

Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, said she believes women are going to be the leading political force in the fight over access to guns, even if the issue is not explicitly gendered.

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Happy Holidays & Good Gifts

Dec. 14, 2012 - MissRepresentation

These are just some of suggestions that are personal favorites, items which have changed who I am as a person and helped me develop my beliefs. Still don’t see the perfect gift? There are many other great feminist gift guides, including Ultraviolet’s Holiday Gift Guide: A Non-sexist Guide to 21st Century Holiday Shopping, Jezebel’s Gifts for Budding Feminists, and Bitch Magazine’s Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide.

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UltraViolet Wishes You a Happy, Non-Sexist Holiday Season!

Dec. 13, 2012 - Bust Magazine

UltraViolet, an organization that combats sexism at all levels of politics and media, has released a shopping guide just in time for the holidays. The UltraViolet Holiday Gift Guide: a 21st Century Guide to Non-Sexist Holiday Shopping provides 21 gift ideas for the wee little feminists in your life. It features presents like the “Girls are Not Chicks” coloring book, Nancy Drew Computer Games, and other gifts that encourage kids to critically think about gender.

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Holiday Gift Guide for "Nonsexist Holiday Shopping"

Dec. 12, 2012 - BeliefNet

BeliefNet/Nell Minnow

McKenna Pope, a 13-year-old from Garfield, New Jersey, wondered why she saw men cooking all the time on television but the Easy-Bake Oven was being marketed as though it was just for girls. She started a petition on Change.org and has gained widespread support, including the endorsement of male chefs. So it was great to find this list of toys and other gifts that are marketed free from gender stereotypes from UltraViolet, including great movies like Whale Rider. Bravo!

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The Significance of Michigan’s Battle (The Note)

Dec. 11, 2012 - ABC The Note

MOVEON.ORG AND ULTRAVIOLET RELEASE NEW TV AD. On Tuesday, women’s rights group Ultraviolet and MoveOn.org Political Action will release a new hard-hitting 30-second TV ad, showing a battered woman, targeting Speaker Boehner and House Republicans for blocking a vote on the expanded Violence Against Women Act.The ad, which features the face of woman who has been battered slowly healing and then un-healing, will air for a week on cable networks- specifically on CNN, MSNBC, Bravo, Lifetime, and HGTV. http://bit.ly/UQQsFx

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Progressive groups pressure House GOP to pass Violence Against Women Act

Dec. 11, 2012 - The Hill

Two progressive outside spending groups are pushing the House GOP to pass an extended version of the Violence Against Women Act that's currently stalled in Congress with a new, graphic television ad calling for viewers to demand action.

The ad, funded by MoveOn.org Political Action and Ultraviolet, a pro-women's-rights online community, shows a woman's face, seemingly after she has been beaten, slowly healing and then reverting back to her wounded state. A narration asserts that "three women die every day as a result of domestic violence."

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Violence Against Women Act: John Boehner, Eric Cantor Pressured By Republicans To Act

Dec. 11, 2012 - Huffington Post


With time running short, progressive groups are also ramping up pressure on House Republican leaders to get moving on the Senate bill. MoveOn.org and UltraViolet, a pro-women's rights group, released a new TV ad on Tuesday that highlights the need for an inclusive VAWA.

"Three women die every day from domestic violence. That's why the Violence Against Women Act was passed, decreasing domestic violence by 67 percent," a narrator says, as images flash of a woman with bruises on her face. The bruises start disappearing as the narrator talks, but then start reappearing as the narrator continues.

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Facebook names 1st woman, Sandberg, to board

June 26, 2012 - Associated Press

Associated Press

UltraViolet, a women's rights group that has been asking Facebook to add women to its board, said its campaign "should have never been necessary."

"We hope this is a first step for Facebook and in the coming months more women will be added to their board," UltraViolet co-founder Nita Chaudhary said in a statement. "In addition, we hope that other companies with all-male boards, particularly those in the tech sector, will follow Facebook's lead."

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Facebook names Sandberg to board

June 25, 2012 - USA TODAY

Ultraviolet, a group that has been asking Facebook to add women to its board, said its campaign "should have never been necessary."

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Facebook Adds COO Sandberg To Board As First Female Director

June 25, 2012 - Bloomberg News

“Our goal has always been and Facebook’s goal ought to be gender parity,” in part because the company’s success relies on the participation of women, said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet. “They have a great opportunity to demonstrate that women should have a seat at these tables.”

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UltraViolet Says Facebook Appointing Sandberg To Board Is ‘Good Start’

June 25, 2012 - Talking Points Memo

UltraViolet, a gender quality nonprofit that for months called for Facebook to appoint a woman member to its corporate board of directors, has given muted applause to the appointment of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to the company’s board on Monday.

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Facebook Adds COO Sandberg to Board as First Female Director

June 25, 2012 - Bloomberg BusinessWeek

UltraViolet, a women’s rights organization, said that while Sandberg’s appointment represents progress, the company shouldn’t end with a single female director.

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Sandberg is first woman on Facebook board

June 25, 2012 - Financial Times

The appointment, announced on Monday, only somewhat appeased UltraViolet, a women’s rights advocacy group which delivered a petition signed by 53,000 people to Facebook in April, urging the company to diversify its board.

“It is a good first step,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet. “Until today, the board was all male, but it continues to be all white.”

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Will Facebook Finally Put a Woman on Its Board?

April 25, 2012 - Jewish Daily Forward

Here’s a status update Facebook probably won’t be happy about: Several dozen feminist activists are descending on the company’s Manhattan office to protest that not one woman sits on Facebook’s board of directors.

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Women’s Rights Advocates Demand Facebook Appoint Women to Board

April 25, 2012 - Mashable

Women represent 58% of Facebook’s user base, yet no women sit on its board of directors — and 58,000 people have a problem with that.

That’s the number of petitions being delivered to Facebook’s New York City office Wednesday afternoon. A protest is also scheduled outside of Facebook’s HQ on Madison Ave to demand the company put women on its board before the company goes public within the next few months.

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Facebook Protesters Demand Social Network Add Women To All-Male Board

April 25, 2012 - Huffington Post

NEW YORK -- Protesters swarmed the entrance to Facebook’s Madison Avenue offices in New York City on Wednesday to deliver a petition with 53,000 signatures asking the world’s largest social network to add women to its all-male board ahead of its public offering.

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Women's Rights Group Protests Facebook's All-Male Board

April 25, 2012 - NPR

A group of women's rights activists are descending on Facebook's New York offices, today, to deliver what it says is an online petition from 53,000 people that demands Facebook add a woman to its board of directors before the company goes public.

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Facebook’s Lack of Women Board Members Inspires Small, But Growing, Protest

April 25, 2012 - Talking Points Memo

NEW YORK — Facebook’s normally inauspicious office in midtown Manhattan was the target of about 30 protesters on Wednesday, who gathered to demand that the world’s most successful social networking company appoint a woman to its currently all-male, all-white board of directors — and that the appointment occur soon, before the company begins trading publicly on the nearby NASDAQ exchange, anticipated in mid-May or June.

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Protest outside Facebook's New York Office [GALLERY]

April 25, 2012 - Forbes

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Facebook All But Ignores Protesters at New York Headquarters

April 25, 2012 - Social Times

NEW YORK, NY – The handful of protesters that gathered in front of Facebook’s office on Madison Avenue at noon was disappointed when the company refused to accept a petition signed by 53,000 users asking the company to include women on its board of directors.

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Facebook Is Under Attack For Not Having A Woman On Its Board Of Directors

April 5, 2012 - Business Insider

UltraViolet, a political group that fights sexism, has a bone to pick with Facebook. It wants Facebook to put a women on its board of directors and is urging its 300,000 members to petition Facebook about it.

They have a point. More than half of Facebook's users are women -- 58% -- Facebook says. And women are more active users of Facebook than men, doing two-thirds the sharing.

So while Facebook is making a bundle selling ads to women, it is downright shameful that Facebook couldn't find a single woman board member to help advise it.

The irony of Facebook's all male board is that the company's COO, Sheryl Sandberg recently spoke out against how women were being kept out of power positions. At last month's Women In The World conference in New York, Sandberg said, "Women have held 15 to 18 percent of top jobs for the past few years. Is this a stalled revolution?"

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Groups aim to crush Rush

March 18, 2012 - CrainsNewYork.com

Mr. Limbaugh will lose some outlets next month regardless, when Cumulus, which carries him on nearly 40 of its stations, will launch its own syndicated program, The Mike Huckabee Show. Airing in the same noon-to-3-p.m. time period, it's being promoted as “more conversation, less confrontation,” and is cleared to air on more than 130 stations.

And Mr. Limbaugh's critics, unmoved by his grudging apologies, are ready to besiege advertisers who return to his show. “Companies that come back will have to explain to their customers and their shareholders why they're back,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet.

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Rush Limbaugh ad fight shows power of social media

March 16, 2012 - San Francisco Chronicle

The campaign to pressure advertisers to leave conservative Rush Limbaugh's radio show after his misogynistic comments about a college student looks familiar - it was presaged six years ago in a similar effort directed at a San Francisco talk-radio station by an anonymous blogger called Spocko.

Since then, contacting advertisers about the content their ads pay for has become routine, fueled by the Internet. This time, organizations such as Ultra Violet, an online activism site focused on women's issues, are leading the backlash.

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Limbaugh Has Advertisers Recalculating Web’s Power

March 15, 2012 - Bloomberg News

At the same time Carusone was contacting advertisers, Nita Chaudhary began her own, parallel effort. Chaudhary, who co- founded women’s-rights group UltraViolet last year, said she was incensed after reading through a transcript of Limbaugh’s “slut” comments.

She spent that afternoon finding Limbaugh advertisers, via the Web and through Media Matters’ website, which had started to track who was still airing marketing on the show. Washington- based UltraViolet and Media Matters aren’t affiliated.

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Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Slut’ Comment Controversy Proves It Has Staying Power

March 14, 2012 - ABC News

It has been nearly two weeks since Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and in the age of the 24-hour news cycle, that is virtually an eternity.

Yet the outrage over the conservative talk radio host’s remarks is still making headlines, spawning activist attacks and causing headaches for advertisers.

Premiere Networks, the radio group that syndicates the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show, pulled all of its barter ads — which run at all hours, not just during Premiere Network programming– from the group’s affiliated stations.
The company would not say whether the suspension, which runs from March 12 through March 23, was in response to the Limbaugh backlash, but the only two companies whose ads are exempted from the hiatus are LifeLock and Lear Financial, both of which have publicly said they will not pull their ads from Limbaugh’s show.

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UltraViolet, Women's Rights Group, Upgrades Movement Via Social Media

March 9, 2012 - The Huffington Post

Progressive campaigners and online activists Nita Chaudhary and Shaunna Thomas had an idea for a new kind of women's rights group: one that uses cutting-edge online advertising techniques to engage more people in the fight to end sexism in politics, media and pop culture.

They were not quite ready to launch their project, called UltraViolet, and their website was not yet running when the news broke that Susan G. Komen for the Cure had pulled cancer screening grants from Planned Parenthood over abortion politics. Feeling that this could be their moment to grab women's attention, Ultraviolet leapt into action, launching its first campaign with Moveon.org to call on Komen to reverse its decision and gathering 60,000 signatures in just a few hours.

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Larry Summers To Run World Bank? 37,000 Sign Petition Saying No In 24 Hours

Feb. 24, 2012 - Huffington Post

Larry Summers is in the running to head the World Bank. But according to tens of thousands of people that recently signed a petition, he's not the man for the job

More than 37,000 people have signed a petition expressing their dismay at the idea that Summers -- who as then-president of Harvard, once famously suggested that women might lack an "intrinsic aptitude" for science and engineering -- could be put in charge of the World Bank, an institution that allocates funds to developing countries.

"[T]he World Bank has a lot of power over the education and training of women and girls in developing countries," reads the petition in part. "We need a nominee who believes girls have the same potential as boys."

Dealbreaker reports that those 37,000 signatures came within the first 24 hours of the petition's existence -- which, by our calculations, works out to about 25 signatures a minute, or a new name every two and a half seconds.

Summers, a former top economic advisor to President Obama, is said to be among the president's top choices to take over the World Bank later this year, when current president Robert Zoellick's term expires. Obama is also reportedly considering Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for the position, as well as other candidates, according to Bloomberg.

This isn't the first time Summers has attracted public displeasure. The former Secrtetary of the Treasury under Bill Clinton has been a bugbear of the left for several years -- going back as far as 1991, when Summers, then chief economist at the World Bank, signed another staffer's tongue-in-cheek policy memo that argued that toxic waste should be shipped to developing countries for dumping.

More recently, Summers has drawn ire for his record of pushing back against regulation for derivatives markets -- even though critics argue that a lack of oversight in that area played a direct role in the 2008 financial crisis. Summers has also been criticized for his ties to hedge funds and investment banks, including major Wall Street players like Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Citigroup.

Those grievances lay at the heart of another petition against Summers -- one that was circulated in 2008 to try and knock Summers out of the running for a second stint as Treasury Secretary, a position that instead went to Timothy Geithner.

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Petition Campaigns Preceded Karen Handel’s Resignation from Komen

Feb. 8, 2012 - NonProfit Quarterly

UltraViolet, an online community of activists striving to fight sexism in the public sector, launched one of the campaigns which collected more than 37,000 signatures in less than a week, and CREDO Action, Planned Parenthood’s largest corporate donor, launched a very similar campaign which accumulated more than 50,000 signatures. CREDO, whose campaign included hundreds of calls to Komen’s Dallas headquarters, also pledged a $200,000 grant program to replenish the funds that had been threatened by Komen’s former decision.

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Komen VP at center of Planned Parenthood debate quits

Feb. 8, 2012 - College Times

Shortly after news of Handel's resignation became public, more than a dozen women delivered petitions with 832,000 online signatures to Komen's national headquarters in Farmers Branch, Texas, demanding that the charity continue funding breast health services for women. Most of the women represented organizations MoveOn.org, CREDO Action and UltraViolet, but at least two showed up on their own for what they thought might be a bigger demonstration.

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Protesters gather outside Komen headquarters

Feb. 7, 2012 - Dallas News

About a dozen women Tuesday delivered petitions with 832,000 signatures to officials at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure headquarters in Farmers Branch, demanding that the charity continue funding breast health services for women. The women represented organizations Move.On.org, CREDO Action and UltraViolet. Leaders of the groups met with Komen officials for about a half-hour.

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Komen VP steps down after Planned Parenthood flap

Feb. 7, 2012 - Chicago Tribune

The progressive activist group, CREDO, and UltraViolet, an online community opposed to sexism, claimed credit for a joint petition campaign that collected tens of thousands of signatures calling for Handel's resignation.

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UPDATE 4-Komen VP steps down after Planned Parenthood flap

Feb. 7, 2012 - Reuters

The progressive activist group, CREDO, and UltraViolet, an online community opposed to sexism, claimed credit for a joint petition campaign that collected tens of thousands of signatures calling for Handel's resignation.

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Hours Before Protest Planned in Front of Susan G. Komen HQ on LBJ, Karen Handel Resigns

Feb. 7, 2012 - Dallas Observer

Late yesterday we got word that several groups -- including reps from MoveOn.org, CREDO Action and UltraViolet -- are congregating at Komen's LBJ HQ at noon today to drop off "petitions signed by nearly 850,000 people demanding that Komen not let anti-choice extremists get in the way of funding life-saving breast health care services for women."

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Can the Susan G. Komen Foundation Recover from its Planned Parenthood Missteps?

Feb. 7, 2012 - Yahoo! Shine

"Komen's CEO, Nancy Brinker, has demonstrated a pattern of deliberately lying to the public about the facts about Komen's decision to defund PP," the Internet watchdog group Ultraviolet wrote in a statement to Yahoo! Shine.

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"Siri's iPhone Abortion Clinic Glitch: 5 More Tech Controversies"

Dec. 6, 2011 - International Business Tribune

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"Siri's abortion glitch critics still waiting for a fix"

Dec. 5, 2011 - CBS News

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"The Siri Backlash is here"

Dec. 5, 2011 - The Atlantic

Last week's abortion "glitch" was the latest in a series of embarrassments for Apple's bot. Apple apologized(-ish) for the issue, but the half-hearted statement and unchanged software has yet to quell the anger. The criticisms still continue via petitions , including one at SignOn.org that got over 30,000 signatures in 48 hours, petition author Nita Chaudhary told CBS News. Unfortunately, the abortion-query problem is just a micro representation of a macro problem: Siri just doesn't work that well. Gizmodo's Mat Honan puts it well:

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"Petition To Correct Siri's Apparent Anti-Abortion Bias Collects Nearly 30,000 Signatures"

Dec. 1, 2011 - Huffington Post

In the past 24 hours, more than 27,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple to stop iPhone voice assistant Siri from directing women to anti-abortion "crisis pregnancy centers" when they ask where to get an abortion.

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