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Picture a sprawling orchestra tuning up. That dissonant yet somehow warm cacophony emanates from the stage. Suddenly, a hush comes over the room as the conductor enters and proudly bows before the audience. Now, that conductor you envisioned, was it a man or a woman? Statistically speaking, chances are it was a man. Across all United States-based orchestras, only 20% of conductors are female. In “higher-budget” orchestras (about 1/8 of all U.S. orchestras) this number drops to 11%. Still not convinced? Let’s take it up...
On Tuesday September 17th, TIME named Nancy Gibbs its new managing editor, as The New York Times reports. Gibbs is the first woman to be given this position in the magazine’s 90-year history. Can we all just revel in this glory, with a big YAY FOR LADIES IN PRINT MEDIA! Gibbs started as a TIME fact-checker 28 years ago, and over the course of working for the mag, she’s written more cover stories (ahem, 174 to be exact) than any other writer in TIME history. She’s...
  Birth control is an extremely personal choice for each couple and for each woman. For some, an IUD feels risky, a condom less pleasurable, a daily pill impractical. Doctors are constantly on the lookout for breakthroughs that might allow for more convenient and safe contraception.    A recent push from both medical experts and the masses for “post-fertilization contraception” might provide a solution for some women. A “pregnancy-disrupting drug [designed to be taken once a month] already exists,” reports New York Magazine’s Kat Stoeffel. And guess what?...
    Former BUST cover-gal Natasha Lyonne has been stealing hearts ever since the days of Pee-wee’s Playhouse stardom. Post Pee-Wee, she has been inspiring women everywhere with her sex-positive, witty, and provocative performances in dramedies like But I’m a Cheerleader, American Pie, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, and Nora Ephron’s play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. The actress has an uncanny ability to portray women without an ounce of the sentimentality so many actresses are asked to exude. She makes genuine heartbreak and tragedy seem...
Experienced online daters know that it can be difficult to filter through the sea of people looking for love online; it often all seems weirdly clinical. A new app called Swoon hopes to provide us ladies with an e-solution to the sometimes-irritating world of online dating. Designed for ladies, by ladies, Swoon's trying to change the way we meet people online. The app tracks your location using GPS and shows possible male or female matches in your area. Their photos are shown flipbook style, and you...