3 Girls + 180,000 Signatures = Wow

Emma Axelrod, Elena Tsemberi, and Sammi Siegel

Emma Axelrod, Elena Tsemberi, and Sammi Siegel

Want to change the world, but it’s hard when you’ve only got a 20-minute lunch break?

A growing number of mainstreet activists are using digital platforms like Change.org, a site that helps you lobby for a cause by setting up an electronic petition that might actually make a difference.

Bank of America ditched that $5 debit card fee, thanks to Molly Katchpole’s petition—and its 300,000 signatures—last year.

And this spring, after learning in their high school civics class that a woman has not moderated a presidential debate since 1992, three young women added a punch of girl power to the 2012 presidential election.

Emma Axelrod, Sammi Siegel, and Elena Tsemberi—all 16-year-olds—posted two petitions on Change.org, and collected over 180,000 signatures lobbying for a female moderator be used during the 2012 debates.

The result? Candy Crowley of CNN will moderate the October 16 presidential debate, Martha Raddatz of ABC the vice-presidential debate on October 11.

Today, Change.org alone adds 15,000 new campaigns from people in 175 countries every month, with at least one project claiming success each day. Maybe yours will be next.

Cause for celebration. Do you take digital petitions seriously?

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