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As we all know, the current state of reproductive rights in our country is far from ideal. (That is, of course, if you’re into having some sort of control over when you bring a human life into this world.) But last week we hit a new low: An all-male committee of Republicans voted to end Colorado’s pregnancy prevention program, which is the most successful of its kind in the nation. So successful, in fact, that the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association recognized it last Tuesday in Washington D.C. at a prestigious award ceremony. Read More
The race for the White House has begun, and both sides are doing their best to attract female voters for their party. Democrats are riding hard on the Hillary train, knowing that she will not only perform with women but voters overall; the GOP keeps trying to get its foot in the lady door, but keeps picking complete assholes to speak on its behalf. Cue: Rand Paul. Rand Paul—in his unparalleled idiotic wisdom—said that the election of a female president would not be a huge achievement at all. Read More
During a time when it’s almost impossible not to feel insanely frustrated about the state of women’s reproductive rights, we can take solace in incredible activist/artists like Michele Pred. Pred’s work stands out at first glance because it's eye-catching (and super badass), but her pieces are powerful beyond their awesome aesthetic: Their messages are—unfortunately—very relevant to issues women in the U.S. face daily. And while her presentation is refreshingly accessible, it’s also impressively layered. Read More
Some men are so keen to speak on behalf of women’s bodies, but they sure do know jack-squat about them. This was recently proven by Idaho State Rep. Vito Barbieri during a hearing for a bill prohibiting the prescription of abortion drugs via telemedicine. Dr. Julie Madsen, speaking on behalf of using web-cams for prescribing drugs, was explaining the pills used in colonoscopies that allow doctors to see its progression through the intestines. This is when Rep. Read More
  Here at BUST we agree wholeheartedly that women belong in the House. But let’s make one thing clear: They belong in the Senate, too. We were thrilled to see a record breaking 104 women (!) represented in the 114th congress this term, with 84 serving in the House of Representatives and 20 in the senate.   Representation is still low, though. Lawmakers remain overwhelmingly male and white. Read More
In a recent survey, the Pew Research Center collected data outlining what we already know to be true—that, in general, more women want a woman for president than men do. The survey asked: “Do you personally hope the United States will elect a female president in your lifetime, or does that not matter to you?"  The split between women of different parties is pretty drastic: Half of independent women hope to elect a female president in their lifetime; two-thirds of Democratic women say the same. Read More
Nov. 4 marks midterm elections in the United States, and MoveOn is one organization that wants to make sure everybody gets out to vote! MoveOn is a community of 8 million Americans who share the common goal of winning campaigns for progressive change. The organization is asking for volunteers at its field offices to come in, step up for progress, and call women voters located in important battleground states, like Colorado, Iowa and North Carolina, to make sure everyone votes and has his or her voice heard this November. Read More
I grew up in Tennessee. I own cowboy boots and say y’all, a lot. I have never gone hunting, but I’ve eaten tons of weird meat in cabins and enjoyed it. I also had to hustle my liberal, LGBT, feminist, atheist way through the hallways of a very conservative, religious, republican high school right in the center of the Bible belt. I remember being outraged for most of my time in Nashville. Read More
Disenfranchise: verb. to deprive of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity; especially : to deprive of the right to vote.  The Texas GOP is putting that word to use in the sneakiest way possible: starting November 5th, a voter must show identification with his or her most current, legally recognized name. I say his or her...but when was the last time a "he" you know had a name different from as it reads on his birth certificate? Rather, this new law has honed in on the constituency of married women who haven't updated their identification to reflect a changed last name. Read More
Blogger and Fox News contributer Erick Erickson has said so many infuriating things about women and their bodies. First, he disparagingly called the 2012 Democratic National Convention the “Vagina Monologues.” Then he said women working to support their families go against science, implying that men are genetically programmed to work outside the home and to play a “dominant role” in the family.  Clearly, he hasn’t learned from his mistakes, and his most recent comment makes me feel all icky inside. Read More