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To teach her daughter about inspiring African American women, Chauncia Boyd Rogers dressed Ava Noelle up as some of the most influential ladies in American history. Despite the fact that they're just taken with a cellphone, these photos give us all an adorable HER-story lesson.    Phillis Wheatley is both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.  Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was the first black, ... Read More
  Wage inequality is one of the major battles women of all backgrounds are currently fighting around the world, and Sarah Silverman is joining the fray with her new video for #Ask4More. #Ask4More is part of Levo League, with the goal of educating women and men about the history of pay inequality and how it affects women in their day-to-day lives. The organization also encourages women to negotiate their pay rates, gives them with tips and techniques, while ... Read More
NC Republican State Representative Pat McElraft filed an anti-choice bill claiming the focus was to primarily create jobs. Her explanation? Fewer abortions equals more "little taxpayers" which somehow helps jobs, right?  The bill triples the state's waiting period for medical care from 24 hours to 72. It requires that only an OB-GYN perform an abortion; it also keeps faculty and students at UNC Chapel Hill and East Caroline University from supervising ... Read More
For the first time in the U.S. a woman has been found guilty of feticide and is facing 20 years in prison. A jury convicted Indiana resident Purvi Patel, 33, of felony child neglect in addition to the feticide charge for the death of her second trimester fetus. In July 2013, Patel entered the emergency room of St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana, with heavy vaginal bleeding. Although she initially denied it, she later told the hospital staff that she had ... Read More
A 20-year-old college student in India confronted her would-be attacker by dragging him to the nearest police station while bystanders silently watched. Pradnya Mandhare was entering the train station during an afternoon in Vile Parle, a suburb of Mumbai, when a drunken male stranger approached her. The man, now identified as Chavan Chowdee, allegedly grabbed her inappropriately amidst the crowd of travelers. Mandhare stated, as told to the Telegraph, “I was ... Read More
A political craze in Detroit, Colorado has taken the shocking form of IUD glitter earrings. These funky pieces of sparkly jewelry are being used to make more than just a fashion statement—they are becoming symbols of support for House Bill 1194, which would give extended funding to the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, originally set to expire on June 30. The bill would provide $5 million dollars to low-income women, giving them access to IUDs ... Read More
  Susan B. Anthony is known as a leading suffragist of the 19th century who devoted much of her time to women’s activism, civil rights movements, and various other social issues. Amidst all of the rallies and speeches Anthony led and attended, one thing she certainly did not spend her days toiling over while deep in picket signs was her appearance.  Today's focus on smoky-eyes, hairstyles, and cosmetics would most likely have Susan B. Anthony ... Read More
In mindblowingly unjust news, Tondalo Hall is currently seeking clemency for the 30-year prison sentence she received when she “failed to stop” her boyfriend Robert Baxton Jr. from severely beating their 3-month-old daughter. Despite the fact that Baxton was horrifically abusive to Hall herself, and there was absolutely no evidence suggesting she harmed her child (while Baxton confessed to breaking his daughter’s ribs and femur), Hall was ... Read More
On March 9, 2015, the 59th session of the Commission of the Status of Women began at the United Nation Headquarters in New York, and will last until the 20th of this month. Representatives of Member States, UN Entities and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (oh that’s what NGO stands for!) from all around the world are meeting to discuss what often feels like the never ending fight for international women’s rights. According to the UN ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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