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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wants to start a women’s workplace revolution. Sandberg unveiled her plan for high-achieving ladies during her 2010 TED talk, during which she lamented the small percent of women who have reached the upper echelons of their chosen professions. Next up, Sandberg will be promoting Lean In, her manifesto/memoir/self-help book slated for release on March 11th. According to the Lean In plan, women will organize themselves into small, active, cells; what Sandberg has trademarked as Lean In Circles.

And we think the SAT and ACT are hard.  They have nothing on China’s Gaokao exam.  Also known as the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (NCEE), the Gaokao is the sole determinant in university admission in China.  Approximately 9 million students take this test every June over the course of three days on subjects including Chinese, Mathematics, English, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.  As Los Angeles Times journalist Barbara Demick states, the Gaokao exam “is to the SATs somewhat like a triathlon is to a relay race.

February 26th is going to be a whole lot of feminist fun. At 8:00 P.M Eastern Standard Time PBS will be debuting the documentary “MAKERS: Women Who Make America.” The film will profile ass-kicking female trailblazers and show how women have taken increasingly prominent roles in political, economic, and social arenas. And how better to introduce a documentary on social revolution than with an interview with Gloria Steinem, the patron saint of American feminism and beloved founder of Ms. Magazine.

Former BUST writer Sarah Verdone passed away three years ago after a battle with breast cancer. In her memory, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council created the Sarah Verdone Writing Award in 2011. The award will be presented to a different gifted female writer annually for a decade. This year’s (21+) event will take place on March 11th, almost exactly three years after Sarah’s death. Join us from 7-10pm at Catch Roof, where there will be complimentary cocktails for the first two hours! Bring a donation of $25 (or more!) in cash, or a check written out to LMCC.

Today the Oscars producers released the final list of presenters and performers for the February 24th broadcast. Apparently there’s going to be a celebration of movie musicals featuring Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls, Catherine Zeta-Jones representing Chicago, and basically the entire cast of Les Misérables. As long as Anne Hathaway doesn’t debut her own tearful rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” this should be an all-around win.

India, in the midst of grappling with the aftermath of the December New Delhi gang rape, has been rocked by the news of yet another horrific sex crime. On February 16th, the bodies of three sisters aged 7, 9, 11, were found in a well in Maharashtra, a region south of New Delhi. According to an Associated Press report, the local police dismissed the deaths as accidental, and refused to investigate. After two days of police inaction, “Enraged villagers forced shops to close, burned tires and blocked a national highway passing in the area for hours earlier this week, demanding justice.

There are a lot of comic books out there. A lot. Between new, old, professional, and DIY, it can be dangerous finding a good comic. If you're like me and like the self-published, stories-about-real-life kind of books then I have one for you. What's New, Pussycat? by Mari Naomi is a perfect graphic novel that might make you a little sad and maybe a little enlightened. What's New, Pussycat? tells a tale of a young Mari and an acquaintance that she views as a bit of a dork, but nice nonetheless.

Mississippi’s first same-sex wedding took place earlier this month in Jones County between Jessie Powell and Crystal Craven.  However, what should have been a momentous and celebratory occasion instead received backlash from the community after the local daily newspaper, The Laurel Leader-Call, published a story, titled “Historic Wedding: women wed in Laurel through smiles, tears.

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the birth rate in the U.S. has dropped with the recession, and many, many men are freaking out about it. In a nutshell, they fear that low birth rates will lead to an unsustainable inequality between the taxable work force and the social security-dependent elderly. After all, people are living longer and longer and, barring some sort of zombie apocalypse situation, this trend will continue.

cARTel Collaborative Arts LA returns for its 3rd year to present you with LA’s fave cheapie music festival, Brokechella. The idea behind Brokechella is to give the audience high quality art for low, low prices. Just 10 bucks to get into this all-day, multi-stage fest on April 20th, 2013 in the heart of downtown LA! Not only can you see tons of great musicians (past acts include Infantree, LA Font, Rumspringa, Big Moves, and yOya) but you can apply to play yourself!   Here’s what you’ve gotta do: E-mail cartelarts@gmail.
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