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I snapped this photo outside of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum yesterday, and while I couldn't make the talk last night, I just wanted to give a belated shout-out to our sisters who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911. The factory was a sweatshop employing young immigrant women who worked in sub par conditions for very little pay. The tragic deaths of 146 workers (including children) spurred safety and labor reform laws and also made the International Ladies Garment Workers Union...

Legal Momentum will be hosting a panel discussion on Women's Economic Equality: The Next Frontier in Women's Rights, at Cornell University ILR (16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor) on Thursday, April 2nd, 6:30 pm. Linda Hirshman, Heather Boushey, Mimi Abramovitz, and Irasema Garza will be discussing policy initiatives to advance women's economic equality and security in this time of crisis. Any insight into our economic landscape is especially important these days. Plus, the event is free! So mark your calendars... -Ali  ...

75 years young today! xoxo  ...

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, so I'm celebrating by blogging about a few of the ladies I admire in technology. Who the heck is Ada Lovelace and why should we be celebrating her? This fine filly born in 1815 (sprung from the loins of Lord Byron and Annabella, no less) cooked up the first computer program for Charles Babbage's analytical engine, which, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, is 'generally considered the first computer.' You can peep a trial run of one of these steampunk-tastic things here. In honor...

It seems the world has hit a new low when it comes to women and body image. Fitness First, a chain of gyms in the Netherlands, launched a new ad campaign -- they rigged a scale up to the benches in bus stops so that when someone sits down it displays their weight in big red numbers. The display is right above their logo, of course, so that as soon as someone is appalled by the number they know exactly where to go to...

Then get yourself down to the new event called Ladies, Laugh Out Loud, presented by Comedy is The New Black and BUST! It is going to be a hilarious event featuring some of the funniest female comics L.A. has to offer. It's all going down at our favorite place in Cali, the Echoplex ! There will be raffles, give aways, tees, mags, and more all under one roof. Erin Foley (who just had her own show on Comedy Central, btw) will be...

Does doing the laundry make you feel liberated? Early this week, the Vatican in it's daily publication, L'Osservatore Romano, published an article commemorating International Women's Day in which they claimed that the 'washing machine had done more for the women's liberation movement than the contraceptive pill or working outside the home This comes as no surprise from the Vatican, which is not known for it's support of birth control or abortion. Feminist commentators and bloggers went wild over the Church's assertions that...

BUST Magazine is hosting an awesome fundraiser/party tonight in New York! It is not to be missed! All the proceeds from the door and the raffle go to support the performance of the Vagina Monolgues this coming Friday at New World Stages. And all the proceeds from that performance go to help the fight to end violence against women. Tonight is a party for a great cause, and on top of having a fantastic time, there are goodie bags for the first 100 attendees! Swag...

I hope all you BUST-y readers are familiar with the International Museum of Women. In their own words, 'I.M.O.W. is a groundbreaking social change museum that inspires global action, connects people across borders and transforms hearts and minds by amplifying the voices of women worldwide through global online exhibitions, history, the arts and cultural programs that educate, create dialogue and build community.' They've just finished the Women, Power, and Politics online exhibition. Over the past 10 months it's become one of the most...

This is going to be a fabulous event for all labies and non-labies to have a fantastic evening and help end violence against women and girls. This party, hosted by BUST, will be taking place at Happy Ending down on Broome street next Tuesday, March 10th. Doors are at 7pm, and it costs 5 bucks at the door, all proceeds go to the Vagina Monologues productions on March 13th. Lucky attendees will also receive goodie bags with swag from Adam + Eve, Babeland and BUST!...
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