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  Instead of listening to music, or binge-watching Aziz Ansari's new show on Netflix, take a a little break to get inspired today with these feminist TED Talks by both men and women. From self-esteem to female genital mutilation, hearing about people's experiences and taking in different ideas are great ways to get motivated to make a difference in your community. Plus, it's always a good time to  collect more reasons to be a feminist–am I right?   1. Read More
We wrote about the recent passage of a law banning female genital mutilation in Nigeria on Monday, and that isn’t the only feminist news coming out of the African country this week. An all-women’s book club in Nigeria spawned the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria to discuss their experiences of prejudice, sexism, and the unrealistic expectations placed upon them. “The hashtag emerged from a book club based in the capital of Abuja, fronted by young Nigerian woman, Florence Warmate,” Ade Onibada reported for The Voice. Read More
Illustrator Ellen T. Crenshaw has created a series called “We Are Entitled To Wear Cowboy Boots To Our Own Revolution,” giving us an awesome lineup of badass women and their thoughts on feminism. The Huffington Post describes them as "feminist baseball cards," a term we think is pretty apt. Check out the full collection here. Images via The Nib. Read More
  We can't help but feel inspired when we watch women own the stage during their TED and TEDx talks. They may be brief, but they give us a taste of all the incredible ways ladies are shaping our world—whether they are authors, artists, activists, or teens just trying to figure it all out, when these speakers tell their stories and share their passions they stir something inside of us.  In that spirit, here is a compilation of nine empowering talks that reminded us what feminism is all about. We hope you enjoy them all as much as we did. Read More
Here at BUST, we don’t need one specific day to celebrate the beyond impressive accomplishments of women across the world, but when the opportunity to party over lady power even harder than usual presents itself, we never say no. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Make it Happen,” so we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite gals who’ve done and are doing just that all across the globe. Warning: this list will inspire major bouts of girl-power giddiness. Read More
I came across Roxane Gay’s literature while I was deep in the clutches of ADD. But when I found her short story “The Year I Learned Everything” while poking around the web, I could not stop reading it from start to finish. Gay was there for me when I needed a voice to shout without dominating; she had true grit, without embellishment or pageantry. When I finished, I couldn't believe that the story was classified as fiction—her ability to convey the full spectrum of human emotions so effortlessly made my cheeks burn.  Recently, I headed to The Last Bookstore in L.A. Read More
Nigerian-American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a lot of intelligent things to say about the troubling new "anti-gay" legislation up for debate in her home country. As all democratic civilizations bend towards our generation's central civil rights debate, it's refreshing to hear a writer speak out with such conviction. Here's an excerpt from her speech: The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. Read More
Right now, it feels like we're in some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland: last night we were hit with a megaton of Beyoncé, and now we're all scrounging around in the rubble, trying to figure out where our lives could possibly go from here.  This morning, in the glorious, glorious wreckage, I unearthed one particularly dazzling gem: the spoken word verse on the track "***Flawless" comes from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: "We Should All Be Feminists. Read More
Recently, I've found myself on the website I Waste So Much Time, understandably, wasting so much time. Where I expected cat .gifs and other methods of procatination, I found this amazing post that turned out to be in no way a waste of time. I was drawn in immediately just by the macro - I saw something important in this clip. The entire speech from which these screengrabs are drawn is a TedxTalk called "Why We Should All Be Feminists," by Nigerian author and educator Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Read More