Category » Feminism
A New York Times article is encouraging sororities to throw parties as part of a larger effort to minimize the risk of sexual violence against women at campus Greek parties. The article claims that if sororities offered alternatives to frat parties, they would prevent some of the obvious dangers that many frat parties tend to have and create safer spaces for women to enjoy themselves. “Instead of only regulating fraternities,” the article says, ... Read More
No need to celebrate—but today marks the anniversary of the passage of one of many inane laws women have been subjected to over the course of American history, just because they have lady parts. On January 21, 1908, the Sullivan Ordinance was put into effect in New York City, barring the owners of public places from allowing women to smoke on their premises. Even more nonsensical than the idea of outlawing this in the first place is the fact that the law did ... Read More
We watched with bated breath last night during the SOTU...and were happy to find that women's equality issues came up a lot (deservedly so, of course). But for those of you who tuned out somewhere around the ISIS part or maybe missed the speech altogether, these were the five feminist items that stuck out the most to BUST editors. Drum roll please... 1. The pay gap has got to go. Congress is responsible for passing a law that ensures “a woman is paid ... Read More
In a recent survey, the Pew Research Center collected data outlining what we already know to be true—that, in general, more women want a woman for president than men do. The survey asked: “Do you personally hope the United States will elect a female president in your lifetime, or does that not matter to you?"  The split between women of different parties is pretty drastic: Half of independent women hope to elect a female president in their ... Read More
According to a recent study by San Diego University, not much progress is being made in the movie biz regarding female directors, producers, and execs. The percentage of women doing major behind-the-scenes work -- from writers to cinematographers – was only 17%, which was the same number in 1998. This fact is even more disappointing when the data shows that it was a 1% increase from 2013’s figures. This means that there was a slight regress rather than ... Read More
Happy Friday, BUSTies! We made it. Here are some noteworthy pieces of feminist news we know you wouldn't have wanted to miss along the way: Maggie Gyllenhaal’s very sweet and inspiring Golden Globes speech about the burgeoning “wealth of roles for actual women.” The US receives a “D” for reproductive rights on NARAL Pro-Choice America’s report card. This cute music video about douchebags made by some badass ladies. 10 ... Read More
  In 2004, AdWeek announced that Safilea Ahmed, a 17-year-old girl, had been suffocated by her parents after she refused an arranged marriage. It was eight years later when Safilea’s parents were finally convicted of her murder. It took Ahmed’s sister coming forth with the claim of having seen her sister asphyxiated with a plastic bag to sentence the couple.  They will do no less than 25 years of jail time - and we don't even think ... Read More
Stay-at-home dad, Ryan Park, once had the honor of working under Ruth Bader Ginsburg and just gave us another reason to love the Supreme Court Justice. Ginsburg is only the second female Justice that America has seen (Sandra Day O’Connor was the first), and has taken tremendous action for women’s rights in her lifetime, by overcoming societal barriers and actively creating gender equality through U.S. law. The entire Atlantic article is definitely ... Read More
We weren’t sure the Pope (whom we’ve now officially dubbed “Cool Pope” by the way) could surpass said coolness, but he’s just freed the nipple in the Sistine Chapel. So... We think it’s pretty safe to say he is now the coolest pope. Ever. Last Sunday, he went to work baptizing 33 infants for the annual Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and encouraged mothers to go ahead and breastfeed their kiddos if they cried from hunger during ... Read More
Once again, Elizabeth Warren has denied her plans to run for the presidency (and once again, we’re bummed about it). In a recent interview with Fortune, the senator bluntly said 'no' when she was asked if her name would appear on the ticket in 2016. We’re still excited to see Hillary Clinton’s rumored bid continue gaining ground, but the more powerful and outspoken women on the political scene (or any scene, for that matter), the better. ... Read More
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