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We were completely awed by the work of The White Helmets, a group of civil defenders in Syria who work to save civilians left in the rubble after bombings by the Syrian government regime. Since public services don’t function in these areas, The White Helmets are essentially the only way for survivors of bombings to be transported from the rubble to organizations providing medical aid. We were particular drawn to their incredible work because of the influx of women they've trained in the past year. Read More
As three more victims of the South Carolina church massacre were being laid to rest this Saturday, Bree Newsome, a 30-year-old Charlotte-based activist, took a stand. Newsome climbed the 30-foot flagpole in front of South Carolina's State House to remove the Confederate flag. As the Capitol police ordered her down, Newsome continued her act of civil disobedience and took down this symbol of oppression. She paused in her descent to declare, “I come to get you in the name of God. Read More
On June 4, Barnard College—a women's college operated in partnership with Columbia University—announced a new policy of admitting trans women. Throughout the last year, student and alumni activists have worked with the Barnard administration to make this change possible. Barnard will now be admitting students who “consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth. Read More
  Meet your new feminist crush, Xiao Meili. Xiao is a prominent women’s rights activist in China, and she has recently launched a campaign asking women to submit photos of their armpit hair online as part of a contest. “I hope to raise the issue of the ownership of female body and to dispel the belief that it is wrong for girls to keep their armpit hair,” Xiao told the Guardian. “Keeping armpit hair should not be seen as uncivilized or dirty.” Three prizewinners will be chosen from the armpit hair photos. 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
Eco-activist Christine Finley is making taking out the trash a fabulous experience in cities around the world with her Wallpapered Dumpster Project. In Rome, Vienna, New York, and L.A., the artist is enrapturing her viewers with environmentally-inspired artwork in the hopes of reminding the public that our earth is beautiful and deserves care. Her work is fun, gorgeous, and action-oriented, so obviously we're obsessed with it. Read More
The Lady Parts team at The Deep End Store in N.Y.C.  Lady Parts Justice Uses Humor to Fight for Women’s Rights There’s a comedy video on YouTube in which Jesus Christ appears to comedian Sarah Silverman to spread a message of religious tolerance. When he sticks around to watch a marathon of NCIS, she asks him a hot-button question: When does life begin? “At 40,” deadpans Jesus. “But fertilized eggs aren’t people. People are people. Read More
  Fans of badass comedian (and former BUST magazine cover star) Margaret Cho will be STOKED to know she will continue to tour in 2015 and is returning to NYC for the first time in over 2 years!  Cho is excited too, saying: I'm so thrilled to announce that I will be filming my new special at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on March 7th (additional show on March 6 will not be filmed) and I want you to come! This is my most exciting show to date and I can't wait to share it with you. Read More
If you haven't already heard, last week 17-year-old Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize. You go girl! For the majority of her life, Malala has been advocating for education of girls. She has expressed that she believes that with a more educated world, it will become a better place. Malala grew up in the Taliban-occupied Swat Valley, where her father started a school for girls. The school was overtaken by the Taliban in 2004. Read More
On Sunday, 400,000 people lined up along the west side of Central Park. They came from New York and Wisconsin and Canada and the Republic of Georgia. They had hand-drawn signs on cereal boxes and mass produced posters advocating divestment from fossil fuels. They had stilts, umbrellas, macaws, ukuleles, stickers, pins, and whistles. In the end, so many people showed up and clogged the march route that the crowd had to be dispersed via text message at 5PM, long before most had reached the designated endpoint. Read More
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