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We’re trying a new feature here at BUST.com—a roundup of the day’s biggest feminist political and pop culture news. Here are our picks for February 13, 2018, a.k.a. Galentine’s Day. Give your girls huge hugs and maybe, you know, handmade mosaic portraits a la Leslie Knope, and read about what’s happening in the world today. Photo via NBC / Parks and Recreation Just today, American snowboarder Chloe Kim made history as the youngest woman to ever win an Olympic gold medal for her sport. Congratulations, Chloe!...
In 1887, 68 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Alabama, Ida B. Wells rejected racial segregation, refusing to sit in the “colored only” section of a train car. Born on the cusp of emancipation in Mississippi on June 16, 1862, Ida B. Wells was a journalist, educator, activist, and cofounder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). A bona-fide badass long before the term was part of our cultural...
If anyone was going to write a poem called “Ode to My Bitch Face,” it would be Olivia Gatwood. Even as a teenager, she was tough: At 16, she led 20 women in a class-action sexual harassment lawsuit against her boss at a local bakery — a lawsuit that she later won. A year later, she was a vocal opponent of her soccer team’s bikini-based car washes. Eight years later, society still harasses and commodifies women at astounding rates. But now, the 25-year-old Gatwood has a...
Award winning author, activist, professor, and poet, Alice Walker is a force to be reckoned with. She's best known for her National Book and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Color Purple (1982), which was adapted for the screen in 1985 by Stephen Speilberg and stared stared Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, and later for the stage, running on Broadway twice, from 2005 to 2008, and again from 2015-2017. Before she became an author or fought for civil rights, she was just a kid growing up in...
  In October 2017, an 18-year-old girl — known as Anna Doe in court documents and who posts on social media under the screenname Anna Chambers — came forward to accuse two NYPD cops of arresting, then raping her. Six months later, she's still fighting for justice, and her story is inspiring a fight for legislation to make it illegal for cops to have sex with people they arrest — something that is legal in 35 states, including New York.  We've been following Anna's story since October,...
I’m fat in ways that white girls won’t understand. I’m fat in ways that my white mom didn’t understand, and still doesn’t; nearing 75, she diets and rebels, diets and rebels. (When she sleeps at our house, she sometimes waits until the lights are out, then pads to the kitchen and eats more, leaning alone against the counter. At Thanksgiving, the table in candlelight, she says, “Starting tomorrow, no more sugar and no more junk.” She is my mom; I wish she were free.)  I’m fat...
Senator Tammy Duckworth responded to Trump’s accusations of treason against Democratic members of Congress who refused to applaud his State of the Union address. The Illinois senator threw serious shade on Twitter on Monday evening: Via Twitter @senduckworth Duckworth, an Army veteran who lost both her legs while serving in Iraq, used the nickname as a reference  to Trump’s five draft deferments during the Vietnam War, one of which was for a bone spur in his foot, reports CNN. These deferments became controversial in 2015 when Trump lashed out at Vietnam...
We’re trying a new feature here at BUST.com — a roundup of the day’s biggest feminist political and pop culture news. After Uma Thurman’s revelations about the dangerous and dehumanizing conditions Tarantino made her work in on the set of Kill Bill 2, Jezebel found some vintage Tarantino sexism: a 2003 interview in which he insisted that Roman Polanski’s 13-year-old rape victim “wanted to have it.” He said: “She wanted to have it and dated the guy [...] and by the way, were talking about America’s...
Uma Thurman posted a video on Instagram yesterday of a car accident she suffered while filming Quentin Tarantino's blood-drenched flick, Kill Bill 2. The video bolsters a New York Times op-ed by Maureen Dowd published on Saturday, in which Thurman detailed abuse she experienced from Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein. In the expose, Thurman said that Harvey Weinstein assaulted her in the late 1990s, threatening to derail her career if she went public. Before the assault, Thurman had worked with Weinstein on Pulp Fiction and hadn't yet begun production on Kill Bill, a...

This essay was written by a student at Mighty Writers, an education nonprofit that offers free writing classes to over 2,500 inner-city Philadelphia students a year.I am 5’11”. At 15, that's abnormal for a girl. Being tall already made me different, and society doesn’t appreciate different. The challenge for me has been accepting who I am, figuring out who I am, and what I'm meant to be. My differences put a setback on my social life and made me question myself. I became afraid of being rejected...