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Happy Friday BUSTies! It was a fairly quiet week in our neck of the woods (with the exception of a possible snowpocalypse that turned out to be more of a mini-blizzard). Following last's weeks eleventh hour abortion restriction bill, we're actually a little glad to have a slightly slower news week. Any time period where women's rights aren't institutionally pared down goes on the good pile, in our books.   So what did happen that you may have missed? Well...   1. Read More
In promising news for young girls and feminists (and, let's be honest, pretty much everybody else), major toy company Mattel ousted its chief executive officer this week, partly because its Barbie products just aren’t cutting it anymore. For a doll that was inspired by a German sex toy, we’re not sure why it took over 50 years for society to realize Barbie sends children negative messages (i.e. directly encouraging them to aspire to the impossible standards of one man’s pinup-era fantasy. Read More
Yes, that is a shameless use of a cute kitty meant to reflect how snuggled up you are this very moment. Because ADULT SNOW DAY! What's the best part of getting snowed in? Making a mug of something warm and curling up with a great (feminist) movie, of course. Here are our top 11 flick picks (based not just on quality but also on streaming convenience) for your next few days. Ida Anna is a novice nun in Poland who travels home to visit her aunt, Wanda, prior to taking her vows. While home, Wanda tells Anna that she is actually Jewish, and her real name is Ida Lebenstein. Read More
Emma Watson has warmed our hearts and empowered our vaginas once again!   Some of you may recall the speech she delivered at the UN earlier in 2014. It was there that she announced her campaign HeforShe, a "solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity. 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
We watched with bated breath last night during the SOTU...and were happy to find that women's equality issues came up a lot (deservedly so, of course). But for those of you who tuned out somewhere around the ISIS part or maybe missed the speech altogether, these were the five feminist items that stuck out the most to BUST editors. Drum roll please... 1. The pay gap has got to go. Congress is responsible for passing a law that ensures “a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work.” With a slightly disgusted laugh, the President stated, “It’s 2015. Read More
Stay-at-home dad, Ryan Park, once had the honor of working under Ruth Bader Ginsburg and just gave us another reason to love the Supreme Court Justice. Ginsburg is only the second female Justice that America has seen (Sandra Day O’Connor was the first), and has taken tremendous action for women’s rights in her lifetime, by overcoming societal barriers and actively creating gender equality through U.S. law. The entire Atlantic article is definitely worth a read, but the gist is that Park took some lessons from Ginsburg’s life choices while working as her clerk. Read More
So the NY Senate is planning to approve 8 bills on the subject of women’s rights. They're all pretty long overdue, but at least they're on the lineup. Read More
  A teenage trio is leaving viewers speechless with their spoken word poem, “Somewhere in America,” which aired on The Queen Latifah Show last week. If you haven't watched it yet, the time has come—these young women, who are part of the LA-based nonprofit Get Lit, are airing out today's toughest issues with a poignancy and power far beyond their years. The poem begins with all three girls speaking in unison: “The greatest lesson you will ever teach us, you won’t even remember. Read More
Ready to get mad? Here you go: Tw0-hundred and thirty-one anti-abortion laws have passed in the U.S. since 2011, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute. That means even with the 96 state-legislated measures that expanded abortion access in the same period of time, more than half of American women still live in places that are hostile to abortion rights. The worst offending areas to live? Those would be Texas, North Dakota, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio. Read More