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Injustice takes many forms in our society, and one of its most cruel is our legal system's treatment of rape victims.  Not only is rape under prosecuted and devastatingly traumatic, the victim often seems to be offered little in terms of closure. Currently in the United States, there is an estimated 400,000 rape kits that remain untested; that is 400,000 people (mostly women) denied the opportunity to seek out justice for the crime committed against ... Read More
During her first year living in New York City, Madonna was raped at knife point on the rooftop of a building. She first told this to Harper’s Bazaar back in Oct 2013; in a March 11th interview with radio show host Howard Stern, she explained why she didn’t report the attack at the time. Sadly, it's the same reason so many women keep their rapes to themselves. “You've already been violated. It's just not worth it. It's too much humiliation,” ... Read More
Happy Friday BUSTies! The weekend is coming so we know there are tons of shows you need to catch up on, but before finishing up Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, here are a few stories you might have skipped this week: 1. Amy Schumer keeps it 100%, discussing the issue of not quite looking like Megan Fox or Kate Upton  in a world where the fact that Beyonce may not have the skin of a newborn is considered news. 2. Looking for some Feminist swag to wear? Well we have ... Read More
In the war against sexism, we are taught to be resilient against slut-shaming, sandwich jokes, and gendered slurs, but what about when sexism is presented as chivalry? A new study suggests that micro aggressions are shown to be even more problematic than hostile sexism, especially because they are more difficult to pin down. Jin Goh and Judith Hall of Northeastern University have developed the first study to capture both nonverbal and verbal expressions of hostile ... Read More
We’re annoyed that workplace inequality is still A Thing, but as long as it persists, we need to keep talking about it. As you’re well aware, the wage gap is alive and well—and unlikely to close anytime soon. It’s also commonly known that some areas of the U.S. are much worse than others when it comes to circumstances for working women. A new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research took to ranking each state based on four ... Read More
You’re having a great time chatting with friends, when suddenly someone says something off-handedly sexist, spurring you into a feminist rant that is awesome but probably not very helpful. Or you don’t say anything, and these kinds of subtle comments or jokes just keep happening. Sound familiar? We’ve been there, too. Though it’s important to surround yourself with friends whose values line up with your kickass progressiveness, no ... 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
Roughly 40 years ago, the U.S. education system took a major step towards equality: We're talking Title IX, the amendment specifying that any educational program receiving funds from the federal government cannot discriminate against, deny, or judge a U.S. citizen on the basis of their sex. Because of this, women have been allowed more representation in sports, the sciences, and technical schools. However, gender barriers still exist today and so does the ... 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
BUSTies, meet Alyssa Carson, your new role model. Although she’s only 13-years-old, Alyssa already has huge ambitions. She plans to be on the first human mission to Mars, which is predicted to take place in 2030. Despite her young age, Alyssa means serious business. She has gone to more than 20 space camp sessions and has become the first person to attend all three NASA world space camps. Alyssa studies space history and modern scientific developments. And ... Read More
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