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  The average American woman uses more than 16,000 tampons in her lifetime, yet the history behind our cotton comrades remains a mystery to many.  The commercial tampon as we know it today is actually a significant cultural artifact and a feat of technical engineering that has been shaped by many invisible forces throughout time.  The Atlantic dove into the long and fraught history of these small wonders. Here are a few surprising facts. 1.) Some of the earliest tampons were more often used as contraceptives Using ‘tampon-like’ devices –...
Women’s Media Center’s fourth edition of The Status of Women in U.S. Media highlights how all platforms of media are failing women. In particular, film and television continue to let down women. The number of women involved behind the camera in movies has stayed fairly static. Women make up only 17 percent of all directors, cinematographers, writers, editors, executive producers and producers from the top 250 movies from the United States in 2014. This is up one percent from 2013, but is equal to the amount...
There are many organizations working to teach girls to code, allowing them to develop a super-empowering skill that helps level the playing field for women in STEM everywhere. One of these groups is IGNITE: Women Fueling Science & Technology, which is a project of the Global Fund for Women. In February, girls all over the world competed in the International Girls Hackathon, where “girl coders worked in teams to create a new website or application that could increase girls’ access to safe spaces in their communities...
Happy Friday BUSTies! It’s officially the weekend, and we know you deserve a treat after a week of kicking ass. So, here are some of this week’s feminist new stories to catch up on while you unwind with a few cocktails or an entire pizza, whatever strikes your fancy ‘cause it’s the freakin’ weekend.  ...
Will & Grace’s Karen Walker, played by the incredible Megan Mullally, is know for being rich, drunk, and pretty hot. Karen’s willing to take down anyone who gets in her way, but is also a loyal friend. Although her clever quips are more famous for their wit, she also dispensed some solid advice during her nine years on screen. If she ever did cease working for Grace (which, let’s be real, she never would), we think she would be a pretty great motivational speaker. Let...
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