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Today marks the swearing-in of Kate Brown (D), the first openly bisexual governor in America. Following incumbent John Kitzhaber's resignation, Brown will become Oregon's 37th governor, and likely one of its most memorable.  Oregon's first female governor, Barbara Roberts, was with her at the Oregon Historical Society on Saturday to celebrate the state's 156th birthday.  As of yet, it's unclear who is to be part of Brown's staff, or what policies she might introduce, but it is very exciting that a bisexual woman will be at the forefront of a fairly open state. Read More
This past New Year’s Eve, a 14-year-old girl was celebrating at home with a friend when she received a video on her Snapchat account of two schoolmates calling her racist and derogatory names. When her adoptive father Brad Knudson found out, he decided to do something about it. After recording the bullying, he managed to contact the father of the kids in the video, Deron Puro, and explain his abhorrence. Read More
In sinister technology news, Facebook has announced that it will allow users to choose a “steward” to inherit their account when they die. The question is, who would be the best person to maintain your online ‘legacy’ once you’re gone? According to this new policy whoever is chosen as the “digital heir” will be able to: “[..]post an obituary, update information such as profile and cover photos, respond to new friend requests and moderate posts and messages left on the profile. Read More
  Hello, beautiful galentines: Maybe you're still slogging away at the office, or you've already begun your Friday night. Either way, here's a recap of this week's top feminist news stories that you might have missed while you were out being the Leslie Knope of whatever you do.   Seven Sisters Women’s College Opens Up to Transwomen Earlier this week, Bryn Mwar College opened their admissions to transgender women. Read More
In the seemingly endless fight to end discrimination and promote marriage equality, a new bright spot has appeared on the horizon. Yesterday, Alabama became the 37th state in the nation where gay marriage is legally recognized. Cue rampant applause and a couple of fist pumps for good measure. Unfortunately, the ruling has already met resistance in the form of staunch Republican chief justice Roy Moore, who you might remember from his 2003 ejection from the bench for refusing to remove an enormous Ten Commandments statue from the state courthouse. Read More
We're all constantly told to ignore the trolls—a nice idea, but pretty ineffective in execution. The trolls are packing peanuts that exploded via opening a box on your living room floor. They're not going anywhere. Thankfully, it looks as though responding to sexist numbskulls on Twitter invites others to do the same, and effectively benefits women's mental health. Anyone who has grown up female, a person of color, LGBTQ, or otherwise marginalized knows the Internet can be a personal hell. Read More
  A new year means a new budget, and not just for those of you trying to cut back on Seamless or new shoes, but the federal government as well. On Monday, President Obama revealed the 2016 fiscal year proposal to more than a few cheers and naysayers. Amidst the military-heavy tax increases, the $4 trillion deal includes significant changes to Social Security benefit regulations for same-sex couples. FINALLY. Under the current policy, if a same-sex couple moves from a state that recognizes their marriage to one where it is barred, they lose their social security spousal benefits. Read More
Happy Friday BUSTies! It was a fairly quiet week in our neck of the woods (with the exception of a possible snowpocalypse that turned out to be more of a mini-blizzard). Following last's weeks eleventh hour abortion restriction bill, we're actually a little glad to have a slightly slower news week. Any time period where women's rights aren't institutionally pared down goes on the good pile, in our books.   So what did happen that you may have missed? Well...   1. Read More
We all have those girls we're especially tight with. They're the ones we can always rely on to be there, to be honest and fair. That heartwarming motif is what I thought director Celine Sciamma ( Water Lillies, Tomboy ) would cast a fresh, new light upon in her french film Girlhood. To my disappointment that was not the case: Mareme ( actress Karidja Touré )  feels suffocated by her family setting, her lackluster grades, and the boys club that rules her inner city neighborhood. Her overprotective brother is abusive. The boy she likes is being coy. Read More
BUST says yes, too. It’s no surprise that women are still facing the “frat boy culture” when it comes to big time Silicon Valley companies and trying to make it big in this landscape is not easy, not fun, and pretty backwards as we see it. So while the big (little, immature) boys figure out how to not be idiots toward women, here’s a list of the women who are making it big out West on their own. 1. Glassbreakers: a mentor/mentee startup looking to connect aspring women with established female business leaders who already have experience in the tech world. Read More
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