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Many of you have probably heard about the incredibly badass swimmer from Syria Yusra Mardini. She has been making headlines for several days now because of her inspiring story, her immense talent, and her willingness to use her own experiences to raise awareness. Here are a few reasons we love her: She is a swimming beast  Mardini has been swimming since she was just three years old. She represented Syria at the Short Course World Championships in Turkey in 2012. Despite losing two years of training due to...
With a huge proportion of the world’s population living as refugees, the Olympic Committee decided in March to choose five to 10 refugees to compete at the Rio Olympics. It goes without saying that being displaced doesn't negate the incredible athletic abilities of so many and that refugees deserve a chance to compete alongside everyone else. I have so much respect for these athletes, and apparently so does the rest of world, since they were given a standing ovation during the opening ceremonies. However, we...
Beyoncé continues to use her platform to be outspoken about racism and police brutality. On Thursday, she posted a powerful statement to her website denouncing the violence that black people have faced at the hands of police in the United States. Beyoncé speaks, we listen. “This is not a plea to all police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over.” The statement ended with a call to action, urging...

On Tuesday night Alton Sterling was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On Wednesday Philando Castile was killed by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Both of these men were innocent and both of these men were black. These are just two of over two thousand people killed by police since Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.   Statistics have shown that black people are far more likely to be killed by police than whites. According to Vox, 31% of police killing victims...
As a woman, my day doesn’t feel quite complete unless at least one graphic, unwarranted sexual comment is made about my appearance by some skeevy dude on the street. If a shadowy figure lurking outside of the subway station doesn’t shout “nice ass!” or “damn!” at me as I pass…did my day actually take place? Or did I dream it? Debatable. What I’m getting at here is that it’s nearly an unreality when a woman or female-bodied individual leaves the house and is able to...
  Elizabeth Warren is a badass — no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The U.S. Senator from Massachusetts was elected to her seat in 2013 and we’ve been cheering her on from the sidelines ever since. It just so happens that today is this fabulous woman's birthday! In honor of her 67th, we’ve crafted a list celebrating a few of the many reasons why we are such fans of Warren and why we think she's the most badass Senator in Washington right now. 1. She’s not tied...
Here at BUST, the summer music season is in full swing and the heat is on! To celebrate, we’ve got riot grrrl pioneer and timeless badass Kathleen Hanna gracing our cover. And inside, we’ve got an exclusive interview with OITNB’s awesome Uzo Aduba, a surprising photo essay featuring a woman who left the world behind to work with adorable sloths in the jungle, a true story of our staffer’s dating app adventures all over N.Y.C., and a guide to getting birth control for free online. And...
Here at BUST, spring has sprung! And to celebrate, we’ve got one of our most exciting cover gals ever—comedy powerhouse Melissa McCarthy! Inside, we’ve got an exclusive interview with fashion rule breaker Patricia Field, a surprising photo essay featuring the glamorous nail divas of Newark, the true story of a mysterious woman who inspired art all over N.Y.C., and a guide to applying ancient erotic texts to modern sex. And get ready for even more spring fun, including: *Get your quiz on with Nicki Minaj *Femme fatale burlesque star...
Its Bike Prom time! BUST Magazine will host the Best Dressed competition at The Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222) this Friday, March 4th. The cyclists who come dressed in the fanciest duds as deemed by BUST’s own Callie Watts will win $50, a bottle of Champagne & a very naughty swag bag from the ladies of BUST – entry is free! Bike Prom will give competitors a chance to trade strategies and mingle before Monstertrack XVII, one of the world’s largest and...
Programmers Betty Jean Jennings (left) and Fran Bilas (right) operate ENIAC's main control panel at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering. In December 2015, the UN named today International Day of Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). You don't need a computer science degree to celebrate the STEM women, in fact, you can join them with help from these 9 organizations teaching women and girls coding and web development.  1. Ada Dev Academy Ada Developers Academy is a year-long intensive training program for women transitioning into...
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