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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 ... 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 ... 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. The bills would outlaw certain varieties of employment discrimination, require workplace accommodations for pregnant women, allow for sexual harassment complaints at places with fewer than four employees (um, why is this even a question?), ensure equal pay across the gender divide, disallow housing ... 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 ... 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, ... Read More
Most women have experienced some shade of this situation: Someone (usually a person who isn't particularly polite) feels the need to name the relationship between the way you look and what you've accomplished, manifesting in comments like, "You're way too pretty to be a rocket scientist" or "You're a lawyer?! Why do that when you could have been a model?"  It never feels good to be valued primarily for skin deep things you can't control when you've ... Read More
For many women and girls in developing countries, menstruating is a great social, financial, and physical burden. But thanks to Femme International’s Feminine Health Management Program—an initiative that provides thousands of girls in East African secondary schools with menstrual cups—the load may be slightly lightened. Typically, sanitary pads are $1 each—a seemingly small amount to many. But because the average daily wage of a day ... Read More
Forget your triple tall morning espresso. There’s a faster way to get your blood boiling: a hearty dose of mansplaining: Russell Crowe, the de facto emissary of all things misogynistic, is at it again. The 50-year-old star of the upcoming film "The Water Diviner" told Australian Women’s Weekly, “To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40,45,48, still wants to play the ... Read More
Apparently publishing companies are finally catching on to something we’ve known for a while: Women read, too! Specifically graphic novels, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. Until recently, graphic novel subject matter has skewed remarkably male. Much like other male-dominated industries, publishers have been shooting themselves in the boot by ignoring a huge faction of their potential audience. But when girls and women make up so much of ... Read More
Still looking for a present for the feminist bookworm in your life? Give the gift of the fascinating and kind of creepy history of Wonder Woman—the only female superhero with the long-lasting power of her male counterparts. Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman reveals the conflicting values of the superhero’s creator, William Moulton Marston, while exploring her cultural significance and complicated relationship with feminism. On the ... Read More
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