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Teaching girls about creative, personal writing isn’t always the first priority for under-resourced educators working in struggling public schools. Which is why the nonprofit Mighty Writers (mightywriters.org)—a Philadelphia-based afterschool program powered by passionate volunteers—is such a valuable resource. Their free classes teach kids not only how to really write, express their own thoughts in their own voices, and love doing it, but they also expose students to inspiring writers like Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Maxine Hong Kingston, and more, along the way. Mighty Writers’ “Girl Power...
  Once upon a time, there was a woman who fought monsters. Not big or bloody ones — the emotional kind. One day, she created an alternative version of herself through a game. The game helped her deal with her issues and inspired her to tell others about her love of gaming. That woman was the delightful Felicia Day, and that story was The Guild. First launched as a webseries in 2007, the Guild has also become a series of comic books and even a few music...
Adolescence is hard on everyone, but particularly for young girls transitioning into the role of a woman. Everything changes for them, expectations of who they should be, how they should act, who they should hang out with, it all dramatically shifts. The Burning Girl by Claire Messud captures this shift wonderfully and uses an extreme case to highlight distancing friendships and growing up. Messud takes growing from girls to young women seriously, which is refreshing. While the plot may sound simple, it shows the intricacies of...
    September is just around the corner, and along with back-to-school shopping (I have not been in school in half a decade but yes, I will buy new notebooks), changing leaves, and pumpkin spice everything, a great new group of books is coming out. Take a look below to see the books by women coming out in September 2017 that we’re most excited about. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, September 5 Jesmyn Ward’s third novel is her first since her National Book Award winner Salvage the Bones;...
A lifetime ago, in October 2016, Donald Trump made headlines for the way he moved to stand directly behind Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate. He hovered behind  Clinton while she took her turn answering questions, standing uncomfortably close to her in a way that many women recognized — not to mention that the “grab her by the pussy” tape had leaked just a two days before. At the time, we published a post called “Is Trump A Trigger? According To Many Women’s Reactions...

  1.Before I saw the cover of my second novel, I worried about it. My greatest fear was this: A woman, looking out to sea. Her back is to the reader. Her hair is thrown up in a vague style that if nothing else can be described as “timeless.” Her stance evokes a wistful, feminine longing — for a man, perhaps, or for a dinner she doesn’t have to cook.You know this cover. Hundreds of versions exist. There are covers that display only a woman’s head...
In the title essay of her new collection, Girls Gone Old, Fiona Helmsley writes of using her appearance to sell books: “I was a bit of an exhibitionist, but with an agenda. But the thing about this kind of exhibitionism, especially if you’re a woman, is that it has a timestamp. You’re trying to bait assholes. Eventually they won’t want to look.” It is a brave statement — to so explicitly admit to exposing oneself for consumption. But it is also indicative of Helmsley’s keen ability...

  Any feminist has probably been asked some variation of the question, “What book should I read to get into feminism?” It’s a hard question to answer, simply because there are so many books about feminism out there! But after talking to BUST staff and BUST readers, I’ve come up with a list of feminist books to get you started. Feminism simply means gender equality — but many feminists have different ideas on how to achieve gender equality, or what, exactly, true gender equality would look like....
When I wrote my first memoir, I’m With the Band, there were very few “unknown” women out there penning their life stories. But I knew I had lived widly and well, and wanted to share the tale of a young woman caught up in the ’60s rock ’n’ roll revolution, smack dab in the thick of the madness. A few years later, I penned a second memoir, Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up, an unrepentant chronicle about what comes after...
In 1936, entrepreneur Stuart I. Whitmarsh attended a cocktail party in Baltimore, Maryland. The chatter turned to a story in all the papers – local girl Wallis Warfield Simpson’s divorce and the possibility of her marriage to England’s King Edward VIII. One of the women at the party mentioned that she had come out as a debutante during the same season as Wally Warfield. The rest of the partygoers scoffed. As Whitmarsh remembered it years later, the former debutante replied, “Well, there ought to be...
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