BY Alexa Salvato
on Jun 30, 2015
Anyone who knows me is aware that both Gloria Steinem and public libraries are two of my absolute favorite thing/people on the planet, so it was awesome to hear that she spoke at the American Library Association's Annual Conference this weekend. Steinem wasn’t only there because she’s an acclaimed author (with a new book coming out soon!)— She also loves libraries and librarians.
“I think your profession is the greatest profession on earth," she said in her speech, according to Publishers Weekly. Read More
To celebrate Pride (and beat the heat), we’ve got a killer list of LGBT movies currently streaming on Netflix (and hopefully some you haven’t heard of). So kick back, maybe have a popsicle, and get ready for some awesome, relentlessly gay film—bet you can’t watch just one!
The Kids Are All Right (2010) | Directed by Lisa Cholodenko
Featuring a star-studded cast including Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, and Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right is the story of a family: two moms, their kids, and the biological father who the kids decide to bring into their lives. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on Jun 18, 2015
Thousands of people voted this spring in a super-cool campaign run by Women on 20s to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. (Harriet Tubman was the winner!) As of yesterday, the goal of putting a woman on paper money has become a reality—in 2020, a woman will finally appear on the $10 bill.
The U.S. Treasury Department planned a fabulous woman’s $10 debut as a celebration of the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage. As CNN reports, “The last woman on U.S. paper currency was Martha Washington, who was on the $1 Silver Certificate between 1891 and 1896. Read More
BY Hanna Lustig
on Jun 04, 2015
Image courtesy of Random House
I once sat on Gloria Steinem’s floor (more specifically, on one of her floor pillows). I won’t tell you the circumstances under which this happened because I have been sworn to secrecy, but rest assured: Her apartment is everything you’d imagine to be. The walls are lined with books, many of them memoirs of those luminaries she calls friends.
But enough small talk. Stop everything else you’re doing. We need to chat about Steinem’s forthcoming book, My Life on the Road, the first she’s published in two decades. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on May 28, 2015
Gloria Steinem asked the question in a 1978 essay: What would happen if men could menstruate? Essentially, what would happen if menstrual periods were discussed loud and proud among uterus-havers everywhere?
The organization WaterAid posed this query in their new online ads for the fictional product of “Manpons.” They created the ad to raise awareness about the 1.25 billion women worldwide—that’s about a third of ALL women—who don’t have access to toilets when they’re menstruating. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on May 21, 2015
Representation matters—even in your iPhone’s Emoji inventory. Recently, the Emoji app incorporated more people of different skin tones, but their options for women are still lacking.
MAKERS, an organization that aims to create the largest-ever collection of women’s stories, made the call for “Femojis” in a blog post yesterday. They commented on why Apple's new Emoji "diversity" still leaves much to be desired: “While this initiative is certainly commendable, their collection of female emojis remains limited to being a bride, a princess, or a geisha. Read More
Happy International Women’s Day, BUSTies! In honor of today's very important celebration, we've compiled a list of awesome quotes from our favorite feminist trailblazers. You know, the badass ladies who impacted (and are impacting) our history in unforgettable ways. From Jane Austen to Malala Yousafzai, these women have inspired us to stand up and fight for what we believe in. And here’s to many more years of celebrating YOU, lovely readers! Because, well, you rock and are totally inspirational for us as well.
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BY Evelyn Chapman
on Mar 06, 2015
When Brooklyn-based artist Caledonia Curry, AKA "Swoon," found herself at a table with activist, writer, and all-around goddess Gloria Steinem, she literally gave her the ring off her finger. We are all green with envy. It was the all too perfect scenario of meeting your feminist role model while wearing a vagina-inspired accessory and having the gusto to be like, “Gloria Steinem, will you wear my clit ring?” (Okay, so she probably didn’t say those exact words, but we can dream. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Feb 25, 2015
Second Wavers are finally getting the small screen representation they deserve. Yesterday, HBO announced that Marisa Tomei will be playing Gloria Steinem in the upcoming miniseries Ms. The series will focus on Ms. magazine’s founding in 1971 through the eyes of both the women who founded it and the women whom it affected. Kathy Najimy (Sister Act, Hocus Pocus) is set to co-star as U.S. Representative and feminist leader Bella Abzug.
We are beyond thrilled that this pivotal moment in the feminist movement is finally getting the prestige TV treatment it deserves. Read More
on Feb 13, 2015
You say you want to express your love, but you don't want to fall into patriarchal, cheesey, bogus stereotypes? Well feast your eyes on these three Feminist Valentine's Day cards, created by BUST's own Mary Rockcastle. Read More