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France has joined Israel, Spain, and Italy in the move to ban underweight models from the catwalk. The bill was voted on and passed by French legislation and said, “The activity of model is banned for any person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is lower than levels proposed by health authorities and decreed by the ministers of health and labor.” Also, any photos of models that have been retouched or photoshopped, must have a label or tag stating so. At the root of it, the bill says that any model with a BMI below 18 (about 121 pounds for women 5' 7'') does not qualify for the job. Read More
  As a white,wealthy land and slave owner who played a large part in ruining the lives of thousands of American Indians during his presidency, why is Andrew Jackson still on our twenty-dollar bill?  We wish we had an answer for you that wasn't simply “patriarchal tradition,” but unfortunately we don't. On the bright side, though, it seems like things might be looking up, thanks to one smart lady: Barbara Oritz Howard, a previous canvasser for Hillary Clinton, began to pay attention to the parts of her life that were seemingly male dominated when she realized U.S. Read More
Today marks the swearing-in of Kate Brown (D), the first openly bisexual governor in America. Following incumbent John Kitzhaber's resignation, Brown will become Oregon's 37th governor, and likely one of its most memorable.  Oregon's first female governor, Barbara Roberts, was with her at the Oregon Historical Society on Saturday to celebrate the state's 156th birthday.  As of yet, it's unclear who is to be part of Brown's staff, or what policies she might introduce, but it is very exciting that a bisexual woman will be at the forefront of a fairly open state. Read More
Yesterday, VoteRunLead announced the launch of their ambitious plan to get 50,000 women to run for political office by election day and 500,000 (yes half a million!) by 2016. The national nonpartisan organization will use its website as a platform and resource for women as they share the plan with friends, family, and anyone else they wish to nominate to run for office. This first step is called "Invitation Nation" and its success depends on people using the site to invite the talented and diverse women in their community. Read More
Earlier this year, the My Brother’s Keeper program, a national initiative with the goal of improving the lives of boys and young men of color (specifically Black and Latino youth) was established. The initiative itself is somewhat flawed in that it is perpetuated by a rhetoric that supports white supremacy. While, yes, the fact that the first Black president is coming out with this type of program is eons beyond what we would expect a white president to do for Black and Latino youth, Obama has a peculiar way of going about it. Read More
Did you enjoy the feminist tea party BUST Magazine threw at the #Primped Craftacular with Sarah Sophia Flicker and Tennessee Thomas at the beginning of the month? How about adding Lizz Winstead to that powerful lineup? The Daily Show creator will join our tea party guests Sarah Sophie Flicker and Tennessee Thomas for a Lady Parts Justice "Teach In" at Deep End Club May 19th. It's the perfect event for those who are curious about politics and their place in it, or those who just want to fan-girl out over some awesome feminists and receive their precious wisdom. Read More
The U.S. senate gets an A+ this week for confirming former Arizona U.S. Attorney, Diane Humetewa, as the first-ever Native American woman to hold the position of Federal Judge. After winning a unanimous 96-0 vote, Humetewa is to serve on the U.S. District Court of Arizona! At present, Humetewa is the first active member of a Native American tribe (Hopi) to serve in the federal government and only the third Native American in history to do so. Read More
"We pinned our hopes on the government, but all that hope is turning to frustration. The town is under a veil of sorrow," laments Danuma Mpur, chair of the PTA in Chibok, Northeast Borno, where on April 14 over 200 girls were abducted at gunpoint. The kidnappers are believed to be Islamist militant group Boko Haram. They target female students because they hold jihadist beliefs that women should not be educated. The girls were all aged between 16 and 18, and their parents and guardians are growing increasingly distressed with each day the girls are still missing. Read More
  In Showtime’s Homeland, CIA operative Carrie Mathison works mostly with men, and sometimes she is treated unfairly because of her gender. But it turns out this isn’t what the CIA is actually like these days. Two decades ago, there were many female agents in the field, but zero were in the highest ranks. Now? Four of the five and five of the top eight top agency members are women.   It all changed after the capture of bin Laden, who was followed and discovered by a group of female agents and officers referred to as “the Sisterhood. Read More
Today, as the state of Texas wakes up, its citizens may find more than 1/3 of its abortion clinics suddenly shut down. The worst part is, this ridiculous new measure wasn't even supposed to happen in the first place. Earlier this week, the Texas law that would potentially close many of the state's aforementioned abortion clinics was nixed by a federal judge. Now, just four days later, the decision has been reversed.  According to the New York Times' report, the law would force 13 of 36 abortion clinics to cease operations immediately after it is put into effect. Read More
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