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One of the biggest problems of the gender pay gap is myths and attitudes that uphold the broken system. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is just another male in the corporate world contributing to this problem by telling women at a conference to just "trust the system." Earlier this month, at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Phoenix, Nadella found himself quickly putting his foot in his mouth.  The question posed from the audience was, "What do you advise women who are interested in advancing their careers, but not comfortable ... Read More
Esquire just released a listicle enumerating the “80 Books Every Man Should Read.” That’s fine. This is a men’s magazine appealing to men so the creatures whom their list is intended for is every man. They even admitted that their list is “...unranked, incomplete, and utterly biased.” Supposedly, this list is culled from someone’s idea of the greatest literature available to readers. Read More
According to Merrill Garbus, the singer behind tUnE-yArDs, "Real Thing" was surprisingly the one song on her latest album Nikki Nack she didn't want made into a video, saying, "It has too many images of its own in the lyrics, and could mean so many different things for different listeners," she wrote. "I love leaving room for audiences to paint their own mental pictures. What changed my mind is wanting so much for this particular song to be heard by more people." Warning: don't watch this amazingly surreal and cartoonish, freaky music video if you're afraid of mannequin-people. Read More
  Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was just hospitalized this week in Dallas, Texas. Duncan (who is in serious condition as of today) is the first official case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. and if he lives through this, he may in in deep trouble with the Liberia Airport Authority for lying about his contact with the virus, before flying out of the West African airport. It is presumed that Duncan tried to help a victim of Ebola without knowing they were sick. Health officials are now keeping track of anyone that Duncan may have come in contact with to control the situation. Read More
Though the Church of England has some notoriously anti-woman roots (Beheading of Anne Boleyn? Rejection of Queen Elizabeth?), this influential Anglican institution is slowly making its way into the 21st century.   As of yesterday, July 14, women can officially be ordained to serve as bishops in the Church of England. Nice! Delayed, but nice!! The vote was met with (almost) unanimity in the House of Bishops, which is a big step up from the 2012 vote - which was shot down by a small margin. Read More
"I'm gonna say it out loud right now--out loud right now," Jenny Slate's character stammers in a clip from Obvious Child, broadcast during an interview with her and Gillian Robespierre on NPR's Fresh Air. Pregnancy, abortion, farts, tummies: these two women are saying it all out loud in the new romantic comedy, now in theaters. Co-written and directed by Robespierre,Obvious Child is about a female stand-up comedian (Slate) who decides to get an abortion after a drunken one-night stand. Read More
  On a Friday evening in Harlem, I met up with Mitra Kaboli, one of the Producers and Editors for the feminist podcast Audio Smut. On June 17, Audio Smut shot to number one on iTunes in the sexuality category, beating out famed talk personalities like Dan Savage. Big things are happening in the radio world for this team, primarily made up of young women. Read More
Yaya Alafia, veteran of America’s Next Top Model (S3) turned actress (catch her in Lee Daniels’ The Butler) recently lent her intelligent voice to an NPR segment celebrating Black History Month. In this short interview, Alafia expertly side-skirts that ever-infuriating-for-a-natural-haired-woman-question ("Is that your real hair?"...her answer is priceless), and discusses her vantage as a woman growing up bi-racial and bi-national; she has both Brazilian and African roots. Read More
Unless you have been living under a rock with terrible wi-fi connection, you have heard about the new remake for "The Sound of Music" premiering on NBC tonight.  This news, which if it were any other lesser known musical would have been relegated to musical theater geeks and Broadway buffs, has sparked a major conversation about remakes and the classic movies they inspire. Read More
Just because Halloweekend is over doesn't mean you can't bring a little spooky spirit to your Monday. Last Friday, current BUST coverlady Neko Case performed with her band for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. To add to the festivities, the group donned various confusing/weird/awesome costumes for the performance of their unplugged set. The set list included "Night Still Comes," "Calling Cards," and "Local Girl,"--all tracks from her latest release The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight... Watch the performance below (gorilla suit optional)!   Thanks to NPR. Read More