BY Ellyn Kail
on Feb 06, 2014
The Ukrainian feminist group Femen, known for their public topless demonstrations protesting sex tourism and lack of women’s education, are nothing if not controversial. Praised for their passion and media-savvy, they’ve helped spread awareness and activism on a global level; on the other hand, historians and strategists struggle with the group’s lack of focus. The group has been criticized by fellow feminists for using their bodies for media attention without clearly stated objectives. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Jan 28, 2014
I'm sure you can recall the amazing guerrilla feminism exhibited by the intelligent and witty women of FORCE, the group behind the faux-PINK Victoria's Secret consent line last year, featuring a full campaign around a fake line of panties, donning messages of enthusiastic consent and modeled by racially diverse women of all shapes and sizes. For just a moment, we thought Victoria's Secret joined us in this century, only to realize the panties were just an illusion; a fictional aspect of a very well done viral activism. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Dec 02, 2013
Everyone knows Rosa Parks as the quiet, humble woman who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus nearly 60 years ago. She is eternally personified as the gentle saint responsible for a revolution.
What many people don't know is that Parks was so much more than one occupied bus seat. A profile by Danielle McGuire reveals that Parks had a history of outspoken activism, and dedicated much of her life to fighting sexism and brutality.
In 1943, Parks was elected secretary of the NAACP's Montgomery branch. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Oct 01, 2013
Dawn Maestas loves tattoos, but she loves getting rid of them even more. The 42-year-old laser tattoo-removal specialist’s two passions in life—her career and fighting domestic violence—collided one day when she received an unusual call at her Albuquerque, NM, office: a girl had been kidnapped by her abusive partner and was forcibly tattooed multiple times with his name. Could Maestas help?
She could, and she did. An abuse survivor herself, Maestas had been campaigning against domestic violence and publicly sharing her story for years. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 05, 2013
These days, celebrity sex tapes pop up all over with a surprising amount of ease. Topless (and bottomless, as was the case with a certain N.Y.C. mayoral candidate) photos can be found leaked all over Twitter, sending the Internet into a frenzy. Videos can cause even more of a stir. Some people have even turned the release of their more, er, intimate moments into an empire. I’m looking at you, Kim Kardashian.
But a sex tape that gives the viewer important information about an international crisis? That’s something downright novel. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 04, 2013
Activist Malala Yousafzai is unstoppable. In the past year, she has gone from surviving an assassination attempt to speaking at the United Nations to being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Did we forget to mention the fact that she just celebrated her 16th birthday? Malala’s powerful message is one of gender equality, especially in the world of education.
Yesterday, in her self-proclaimed second home of Birmingham, Malala continued her quest for universal education with the opening of Europe’s largest library. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jul 22, 2013
“One day I heard a song that made my nerves tremble and my hair stand on end," says singer Ani Cordero. And haven’t we all experienced that? Hearing a song, only to feel ourselves drifting, parting the proverbial curtain and walking into a room of perfect sounds, entirely teleported to the past, the future, or the absolutely splendid present?
If you’ve never listened to Cordero – woah, get on that right now, because girl has it all: pipes, talent, a whole lotta soul. Read More
BY Daisy Becerra
on Jul 12, 2013
Wearing a pink shawl that once belonged to slain Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, education activist Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday today by delivering a brilliant speech to the United Nations Youth Assembly. The UN has officially declared today Malala Day.
“The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born,” said Malala in her speech. Her beaming father looked on as her mother wiped her tears. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 07, 2013
Check out this exquisite equation: craft + activism = craftivism.
Craftivism was born in the first few years of the 21st century, surfacing on the Internet in 2003, when the term was coined by Betsy Greer. It involves engaging creativity, especially regarding political or social causes, to help bring about positive change through personalized activism.
Projects that are defined as “craftivism” include things like teaching knitting lessons and crocheting hats for the less fortunate. Read More
BY Mary Grace Garis
on May 10, 2013
We all know that BUST cover queen Amy Poehler tends to keep good company like Tina Fey, Rashida Jones and Aubrey Plaza. But you’re probably less familiar with Poehler’s friend Dr. Jane Aronson, an amazing woman with fabulous blue glasses who dedicates her life to helping orphans in Haiti. On the latest episode of Smart Girls at the Party, Poehler interviews Aronson and celebrates her life’s work as CEO and founder of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, whose goal is to orphans feel less alone and more “connected to their community. Read More