BY Hannah Baxter
on Mar 10, 2015
March 8th was International Women's Day, and images poured in from around the world on social media and throughout major news organizations. We here at BUST are so excited that women's issues, as well as the call for international equality and justice, were given the attention they deserve. We hope that this annual celebration will continue to gain traction and spread the message about the need for women and girls to gain equal footing with men and boys in each and every country on the planet. Here are 12 of the most inspirational images that celebrate women everywhere!
1. Read More
BY Jamie Bogert
on Dec 09, 2014
The ladies of Pussy Riot are at it again. This time, however, they won’t be found at Christ the Savior Cathedral punking out in protest, and their balaclava’s need not be worn – their new project is all about transparency.
Started in September in collaboration with The Guardian’s New East network, MediaZona is Pussy Riot’s latest endeavor post jail time. Read More
On August 9th, 18-year-old Mike Brown was killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The people of Ferguson, MO, have bravely protested for justice since August; however, after a grand jury failed to indict Officer Wilson, the protests have gone global.
A civil disobedience group, Ferguson Action, has organized the #HandsUpWalkOut campaign, which fell on December 1st, the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest in Montgomery, Alabama after she refused to give up her bus seat to a white male. The group encouraged people to walk out of work and school at 1p.m. Read More
BY Rebecca Peterson
on Sep 19, 2014
An Indian university erupted in protest early this week, following the failure of administrators to appropriately respond to a student’s report that she was molested during a campus event on Aug. 28.
According to reports, students at Jadavpur University, in Kolkata, West Bengal, are boycotting classes after police violently broke up a student blockade early Wednesday morning. Women protestors were “dragged by the hair and groped, and male students were kicked and punched,” according to The Times of India. Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on May 16, 2014
After an altercation with the police during an Occupy Wall Street protest in March 2012, activist, Cecily McMillan, was unfairly convicted of second-degree assault, a felony and now faces up to seven years in prison.
"Cecily McMillan was found guilty of deliberately elbowing officer Grantley Bovell in the face as he led her out of a protest in March 2012. She has maintained that hers was a reaction to having her breast grabbed from behind by the officer. Cecily is well known among her Occupy peers as one of their staunchest advocates of non-violent protest. Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on Mar 21, 2014
The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps Sr., died of natural causes at 84-years-old on Wednesday, March 19th. Phelps and his small Topeka, Kansas-based congregation, which is largely comprised of his own extended family members, is best known for leading repugnant anti-gay protests at public events such as funerals of AIDS victims and deceased members of the armed forces. The church was founded in the 1950's and has been spewing nonsense for way too long. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Oct 25, 2013
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Luckily, that’s just what a few brave women in Saudi Arabia are doing in the hopes of finally lifting the ban against female drivers. According to NPR, Saudi women are continuously posting videos of themselves driving on YouTube, and have chosen Saturday, October 26th as a day for women in the country to rally together and drive.
Although women say that officials have lightened up on their general restrictions against females behind the wheel, women are still unable to procure their own driver’s licenses. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jul 22, 2013
“One day I heard a song that made my nerves tremble and my hair stand on end," says singer Ani Cordero. And haven’t we all experienced that? Hearing a song, only to feel ourselves drifting, parting the proverbial curtain and walking into a room of perfect sounds, entirely teleported to the past, the future, or the absolutely splendid present?
If you’ve never listened to Cordero – woah, get on that right now, because girl has it all: pipes, talent, a whole lotta soul. Read More
Ukrainian feminist group Femen has become famous for their unique form of feminist activism: topless protests. Since 2009, Femen activists have lifted their shirts in political and social demonstrations in Ukraine and Western Europe, using these shocking and eye-catching stunts to grab the attention of the media and to spread their message. However, Femen is now moving to expand on a global level.
Femen has just announced that they are now taking their topless protests around the world in order to highlight issues ranging from democratic violations to sexual exploitation. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Sep 14, 2012
Global Times has spotlighted some awesome feminists in China who have recently staged various grassroots protests that go beyond writing articles or giving speeches. They focus on pressing women’s issues like sexual harassment and workplace and financial inequality.
China is a more difficult environment to protest in, as feminism is less accepted there than in the United States (and a lot of people in the U.S. aren’t down with feminism either). Read More