Be a Model Man

Sign the petition calling on President Trump to respect women’s rights and to #BeAModelMan. 1600+ signatures and counting.

Dear President Trump,

We come to you as a group of citizens – activists and legislators, artists and writers, fathers, sons, and husbands. We happen to be men – men who believe in gender equality. We don’t speak for women. We raise our voices with them. We’re calling on you to show us all that you are a man who believes in women’s equality and opposes discrimination and violence of all kinds by men against women and girls.

During the campaign, you said, “Nobody has more respect for women than I do.” Yet, you have said and done things that many people consider to be disrespectful. As men who believe manhood is not about disrespecting women, we call on you to make amends and to set a new tone.

The United States has long been a global leader in promoting women’s empowerment and it should continue to be one – at home and abroad. Women deserve equal pay, affordable high-quality childcare and reproductive health services, and paid family and medical leave for mothers and fathers so we can all care for our children. And, we need to expand our work nationally and internationally to ensure that no woman or girl is harassed, beaten, or raped.

On January 21 more than two million women marched in the United States and in cities around the world. Women marched who are deeply concerned that women’s rights will no longer be seen as human rights, who fear for their own – and for their families’ – futures. As a group of men who believe in full equality for women, we, and many thousands of other men, marched with them.

We call on you now to take a stand as our President and to state and demonstrate unambiguously that you will champion the rights of all women: immigrant women, women of diverse religious faiths, and of all sexual orientations and identities, indigenous women, women of color, women with disabilities, women who are economically impoverished, and women who are survivors of violence.

As a group of men who believe in women’s rights, and who fight for them in our personal and professional lives, we call on you to show the country and the world that you too are a man who abhors violence of all kinds against women and girls, and who champions equality. Through your words and your actions as President, you have the power to make positive change.

Show us that nobody has more respect for women and girls than you do. Show us that you are a man of quality who believes in equality. Show us that you agree that men need to speak out and stand up against inequality and violence against women. Show us that you will #BeAModelMan.


  • Gary Barker, PhD
  • Rev. Juan Carlos Areán
    Futures Without Violence
  • Ben Atherton-Zeman
    Voices of Men
  • Nathan Ballard
    Democratic Strategist & The Representation Project
  • Laxman Belbase
    MenEngage Alliance
  • David L. Bell, MD MPH
    Columbia University
  • Steven Botkin
    MERGE for Equality
  • Jimmie Briggs
    Member, New York City Commission on Gender Equity
  • Michael Cunningham
    Yale University
  • Peter Dominick
    Comedian & SIRIUSXM Host
  • Joe Ehrmann
    InSideOut Initiative
  • Doug French
    Dad 2.0 Summit
  • Rus Ervin Funk
    Consultant, Trainer & Author
  • Carlos Andrés Gómez
    Writer & Performer
  • David Grosso
    At-Large Councilmember Council of the District of Columbia
  • Casey Gwinn, Esq.
    Alliance for HOPE International
  • Luke Charles Harris
    African American Policy Forum & Vassar College
  • Byron Hurt
  • Simon Isaacs
  • Allan G. Johnson, PhD
    Sociologist & Author
  • Jackson Katz, PhD
    Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)
  • Michael Kimmel, PhD
    Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, Stony Brook University (SUNY)
  • James Lecesne
    Artist, Activist & The Trevor Project
  • Josh Levs
    Author, All In
  • Timothy Patrick McCarthy, PhD
    Harvard University
  • Matt McGorry
    Actor & Activist
  • Michael A. Messner, PhD
    University of Southern California
  • Tony Montenieri
    Activist & Lotus Productions
  • Dave Morin
    Slow Ventures
  • Adrian Nava
    Advocates for Youth, Board of Directors
  • Gavin Newsom
    Lieutenant Governor of California
  • Pedro A. Noguera, PhD
    UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
  • Craig Norberg-Bohm
    North American MenEngage Network
  • Brian O’Connor
    Futures Without Violence
  • Rob Okun
    Voice Male Magazine
  • Darryl Roberts
    America the Beautiful & The Representation Project
  • Héctor Sánchez-Flores
    National Compadres Network
  • Andy Shallal
    Busboys and Poets
  • Wayne C. Shields
    Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
  • Andrew E. Wagner
    Event Producer
  • Andrew Zenoff
    Zenoff Products & The Representation Project
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