Stand Up for Gender Equality in Parenting


Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Support requiring both men’s and women’s restrooms to contain baby changing stations.

President Obama has signed into law an act that will make baby changing stations mandatory in men’s restrooms as well as women’s. This will help promote the health and safety of children, and is an extremely positive step in counteracting the gender bias implicit in child-rearing.

The act is called the BABIES Act, which stands for Bathrooms Accessible In Every Situation. It states that in all public buildings, there must be access to changing stations in men’s and women’s bathrooms. It was passed nearly unanimously, with support from both parties — 389 voted to pass the bill, and only 34 voted not to.

This bill will make life much easier for many families, and encourages a family-friendly environment in public spaces. Females are not caretakers exclusively, and all parents and children deserve to have their needs met regardless of whether their family is considered traditional. It also encourages tolerance and acknowledgement of non-traditional gender roles in society in general, a very positive step. Sign below to applaud the signing of this bill into law.


Dear President Obama,

Thank you for signing the BABIES Act into law, requiring that all public buildings provide baby changing stations in both men’s and women’s restrooms. This bill is hugely beneficial to families across America, and deserves commendation.

The passing of this bill illustrates that action is being taken on behalf of parents and children whose needs deserve to be met, regardless of whether or not they fit the stereotypical mold of families or gender roles. The lives of countless families will be made easier by this bill. It will also help counteract the gender bias that is implicit in our current ideas of childcare, encourage public environments to be family-friendly, and ensure children’s safety and health. I applaud you for taking action on behalf of American families and signing this bill into law.


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