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Yesterday, in a 53-46 vote, the measure to defund Planned Parenthood failed. YAHOO. Many conservatives in both the House and Senate are still willing to do whatever it takes (no matter how absurd and irresponsible) to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood. For instance, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told reporters the GOP should use "any and every procedural tool available" to defund Planned Parenthood. 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
  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
HBO’s documentary on the life and accomplishments of Ann Richards is a wonderful tribute to the political maven. Through a series of interviews with Ann’s loved ones and colleagues—including her daughter Cecile Richards (who has been president of Planned Parenthood since 2006), former President Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, Nancy Pelosi, and members of her administration and campaign teams—producers Keith Patterson and Philip Schopper capture the spirit of the woman who became Treasurer and then Governor of Texas. 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 issues that women are facing in the workplace today. Read More
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 alternative are pretty stark, and predictably concerning. Read More

Ladies to the Left

BY Katie Oldaker in Feminism

The Republicans made a good choice with Sarah Palin. That’s the point Anna Holmes (editor of Jezebel.com) and Rebecca Traister (author of the forthcoming Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women) consider in their op-ed in the New York Times this past Sunday. Read More