BY Jamie Bogert
on Jan 21, 2015
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. But women are making major strides in government and ... Read More
BY Ada Guzman
on Jan 19, 2015
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 ... Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Oct 28, 2014
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 ... Read More
BY kelsey haight
on Apr 02, 2014
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. I protested when the state defunded the last remaining Planned ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 21, 2013
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 ... 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 ... Read More
Equal wages is a fight women were fighting in the 1930s and one that we are still fighting now. Recent Census Bureau data reports that full-time working women make only 77 cents for every dollar that men make per year. However, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) is working to change that.
DeLauro is the sponsor of the equal pay legislation the Paycheck Fairness Act, which seeks to change the disparities present in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and to address ... Read More
BY Amy Zimmerman
on Feb 28, 2013
Today, the House of Congress will be considering the renewal of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than 500 days ago. Why hasn't such a crucial piece of legislation been renewed? The short answer is that House Republicans blocked the VAWA vote in order to pursue their own conservative agenda in the form of an adapted bill. The differences between the original, meaty, bipartisan Senate VAWA and the lean, pared down conservative ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Jan 14, 2013
Here's a hilarious yet horrifying (hilarifying?) twist in the saga of Republican politicians vs. rape culture rhetoric. The anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony list is launching a new training program to help Republican lawmakers and elected officials talk about rape without inciting frustration (and projectile vomiting) in the American public.
The GOP hopes that this measure will stop its representatives from spewing misinformed and polarizing nonsense ... Read More
BY Amy Zimmerman
on Jan 11, 2013
On Wednesday afternoon Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC host of Andrea Mitchell Reports, corrected a guest on her show for using the term pro-life. When the guest, Republican strategist Juleanna Glover, started to define herself as “deeply pro-life,” Mitchell immediately countered “What I would call anti-abortion…to use the term that I think is more value neutral.”
Andrea Mitchell challenging Juleanna Glover's "pro-life" terminology
The ... Read More