BY Katrina Pallop
on Feb 18, 2013
C-SPAN has a pretty cool Presidents Day gift for us all. The network, along with the White House Historical Association, is producing a year-long series of documentaries about the first ladies of America. Each woman will have an episode devoted to her life, beginning with Martha Washington on February 25th and finishing up with Michelle Obama in February 2014, with a special preview episode airing tonight at 9 p.m.
Mark Farkas, an Executive Producer at C-SPAN, is especially interested in how each first lady has influenced policy and legislation with the power of her position. Read More
BY Dre Grigoropol
on Jan 25, 2013
When most people are asked, “What is your favorite superhero?” most all people choose a male superhero such as Spiderman or Batman. Rarely is the answer a female superhero, although there are many. Wonder Woman is first female superhero to come to people’s minds and is considered by many to be a feminist icon. We know that TV’s talk show host Wendy Williams feels inspired by Wonder Woman when she sips on her Wonder Woman mug on her show every morning. Read More
BY Charlotte Dow
on Dec 06, 2012
In an attempt to make some sense out of the last several years of Twilightmania, psychologist Niloo Dardashti, PsyD, HHP, has made a documentary on the hubbub surrounding Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga and its effect on women. The documentary, aptly named Into the Twilight Haze, sets out to find why women of all ages are so enthralled by the franchise and what the fervor ultimately says about what women want in relationships these days. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Nov 20, 2012
In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.
When inventor Muruganantham found out that his wife used rag cloths, he went where no man has gone before: he not only designed a sanitary pad, but tested it himself.
Seriously. Read More
BY Charlotte Dow
on Nov 16, 2012
When I grow up, I want to be Estelle Craig.
Estelle “Stella” Craig is 95 and one of the most fascinating women I’ve come across in a long time. She is the subject of a documentary aptly titled STELLA IS 95, directed by her daughter, Robin Baker Leacock. The film follows her around in her daily activities in her Toronto retirement community and allows her to candidly talk about her life as an event planner, writer, and community leader. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Nov 12, 2012
It’s hard to pin down a woman with a gun (in more ways than one). Cathryne Czubek’s new documentary, A Girl and a Gun, takes on the historically complex relationship between American women and firearms—and the portrait that emerges may surprise those who expect another Bowling for Columbine. Read More
Skateboarding is pretty cool. A girl skateboarding is awesome. But a girl skateboarding in Afghanistan? Probably couldn’t get better than that.
Skateistan began as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Now, they’re an international nonprofit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Pakistan. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 26, 2012
This might be the creepiest documentary ever.
An Australian documentary team has auctioned off the virginities of a man and a woman known as Alexander and Catarina. The bidding, which took place on a website called Virgins Wanted, began on September 17 and closed on October 24. Catarina had 15 bids ranging from $1 to the winning $780,000, from a Japanese man called “Natsu.” Alexander had 8 bids ranging from $1,000 to the winning $3,000, from a Brazilian woman called “Nene B. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 01, 2012
It's no secret that awful things are happening to women around the globe simply because they're female: child marriage and sex slavery are just a few that come to mind. Thankfully, some people are working to put an end to these atrocities. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn highlight this excellent work in their powerful two-part documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
The Half the Sky project began with a critically-acclaimed book, and now includes websites, music, and a social media campaign. Read More
BY Intern Scarlet
on Oct 01, 2012
Never met a female cabbie in NYC before? Neither had filmmaker Diana Diroy before she started her short documentary ‘What’s A Girl Doing Here?’. This is no surprise, since out of the 46,000 cab drivers working in NYC, only 170 are female. 'What's A Girl Doing Here?', follows the story of two female cabbies in the NYC area juggling their strenuous jobs and their every day lives. Read More