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  Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced that the face of the $10 bill, Alexander Hamilton, will be replaced by a woman - in 2020. But we can’t wait five years to see who it is. We’ve joined the movie Suffragette’s #Suffragette19 initiative to ask you who you’d like to see on the $10 bill. Choose from these 10 American suffragettes below, or add your own in the comments! Sojourner Truth (c. 1797-1883) Born a slave, Truth spent her life working to advance the rights of African Americans and women. Read More
Before Donald Trump had a Twitter account and Super PACS put political ads between every 10 minutes of The Daily Show, political campaigning  took another form: postcards and posters. And in the suffragette era,  many of these posters argued that women should not have the right to vote. It was actually difficult to narrow these down to only five, considering the many dozens of comically sexist yet regrettably authentic pieces of memorabilia from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but here’s a taste. We recommend a barf bag. 1. Read More
  Suffragette doesn’t come out until October 23, but it’s already earned enough press for five movies. There’s plenty of good press - early Oscar buzz for both Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter; praise for the rare existence of a movie directed by, written by and starring women; acknowledgement of the importance of learning about this seldom-told part of history. Read More
Recently, Meryl Streep made us all cry when she said that she is not a feminist….no, no, no, not a feminist, but a humanist. Now, we're cringing over photos of Streep and her Suffragette co-stars posing in white t-shirts that read, “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.” While there’s nuance in the sentiment, there’s also something decidedly eerie about seeing an image of a white woman wearing a T-shirt printed with the word “slave. Read More
  During an interview with Time Out - promoting the movie Suffragette no less! - Meryl Streep responded with a negative when asked if she was a feminist.   “I’m a humanist, I am for nice easy balance,” she told the magazine, and a little piece of my heart died. When prominent female figures reject the label of feminist on the basis of being a humanist or for all people, it implies that feminism doesn’t fight for the equality of all people (which it does) and that a cohesive movement for women isn’t necessary (which it is). Read More
In Suffragette, Sarah Gavron and Abi Morgan’s powerful film about women’s struggle for the vote in England, Maud Watts, beautifully played by Carey Mulligan, is imprisoned for her part in the movement. Battered and force fed, the brutal treatment of the suffragettes was meant to break their spirits and end the burgeoning women’s rights movement of the early 20th century. Read More
Today is Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of (pardon me, *white) women gaining the right to vote in 1920. We started in Seneca Falls, and now we’re here – 95 years later, fierce and feminist as ever. To celebrate, we’ve compiled fifteen "Suffrage Jams" paying homage not only to the activists who pushed for the 19th Amendment, but to the millions of badass women who have since enjoyed and exercised that right. There’s still room for progress, of course – when it comes to politics, women are a long way from getting fully even. Read More
Hiya, BUSTies! The August/September issue of BUST is on newsstands today, and it’s full of goodies you’ll want to sink your teeth into. Cover girl Jenny Slate (who is taking over our Instagram today!) talks business, comedy, and being a grown-ass woman; Princess Weekes dishes on everything you need to know about IUDs; Jemaine Clement lets us into his life post-Flight of the Concords. We’ve got a round-up of fall’s best music, movies, and TV, including Beach House, Junglepussy, Grimes, Suffragette, and Samantha Bee’s new late-night talk show. Read More
“We’re in every home. We’re half the human race. You can’t stop us all.” Get ready to feel some feelings. Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, and Helena Bonham-Carter star in the upcoming film Suffragette, a historical drama about the fight for women’s voting rights in Britain. Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, an activist known for her radical—and often violent—protest tactics. Suffragette tells Pankhurst’s story, as well as the stories of other women who fought alongside her. Read More
As the centenary of Emily Davison's death approaches, we're reminded of how far we've come over the years, but also of the tough road that still lies ahead for women's rights. Davison was an incredibly prodigious activist in both life and death.  She fought arduously for women’s suffrage in Britain, leading her to be arrested nine times and force-fed a whopping 49 times. Her most infamous stunt involved stepping in front of King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby, which injured her to the point of dying four days later, on June 8th of 1913. Read More