When we think of beauty pageants, we think of doe eyes, blond ringlets, and tiny waists; the bizarre ritual of choosing the most beautiful woman in the room seems antiquated and oppressive. But it turns out that prior to Women’s Liberation, pageantry was an even more surreal and shocking part of the American experience, and the queens provide insight into their contemporary social and political climate, cataloging the strange ways in which women were ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Apr 01, 2014
You don't know her name, but I bet you know her work. Mary Blair, pictured above, was responsible for dreaming up the concepts behind famous Disney films, including Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. Blair originated the character concepts, color schemes, and the modernist style expressed in the films and determined the aesthetic depiction of famous Disney scenes. Her imaginative and unique designs greatly influenced the now historic look of ... Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on Mar 31, 2014
We all know that the women are still battling for our rights, whether it is over our reproductive rights or equal pay. It seems like we have so far to go before we break that glass ceiling; sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. That’s why we like to look back on what we have already accomplished to inspire us and keep us on track. If you’re really looking for some sad stats from women’s history, lets look at 1970s Ireland. Just under 50 ... Read More
“All kids need to know this message […] you can be great,” explains the photographer Eunique Jones of her project Because Of Them We Can, a series if images in which kids dress up as inspirational figures in African American history and women’s history. The children, in engaging with figures who have achieved great acts of courage and activism, work to challenge prejudices about both race and gender.
Seen here as those ... Read More
At the presentation of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award to the iconic Catharine MacKinnon, a woman asked the following question: I worry about the future generation of feminists; should they really be watching Beyoncé suggestively dancing? MacKinnon gracefully responded that feminist pop culture must evolve as the patriarchy adapts, and that’s the kind of work Beyoncé engages in. The singer’s achievements and ... Read More
Although the definition of “feminist” is becoming more broad, there’s still a little bit of confusion about the term. And that’s totally apparent in the online quizzes that pop up if you google “Am I A Feminist?” So I was relieved to see a new take on the quiz, one that accepts all kinds of feminists!
The quiz, entitled “Am I a F@cking Feminist?” asks one question: “I believe in the complete ... Read More
Harmony Hammond. Suture, 2002.
The Lesbian Herstory Archives, an awesome ongoing collection of political and culturally relevant records of lesbian lives and herstory is hosting an art benefit, and it’s going to be really incredible.
Harmony Hammond, the artist and writer behind Heresies: A Feminist Publication of Art and Politics and Lesbian Art in America will present her current exhibition. As if that wasn’t enough, artists from ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 13, 2013
Her historical significance is held in high esteem: exalted in song, memorialized in plays by luminaries like Shakespeare. You’ve seen thrilling portrayals of her by such legendary ladies as Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, not to mention BUST Oct/Nov 2010 cover goddess, Helen Mirren.
She’s widely celebrated for her doggedness, her quick wit, her artful proficiency, and above all, her ability to bring balance and harmony ... Read More
“Feminist amnesia.” This is the term Kamala Lopez uses to describe society’s current state of mind concerning women’s issues. After watching Jennifer Lee’s documentary film, Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation, which chronicles the women’s rights movement from 1963 to 1970, Lopez was struck with the question: “What good is history when nobody knows it? When it’s generally forgotten ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 19, 2012
Stella as Grace Kelly
Have you ever wished that you were as vivacious as Billie Holiday, as elegant as Grace Kelly, or as intelligent as Hermione Granger? 8-year-old Stella Ehrhart has – and she does something about it.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, every day, Stella dresses up as a different historical figure, character, or person she knows. Most of her ideas come from a book called 100 Most Important Women Of The 20th Century. Along with Billie ... Read More