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  Besides being an actor, director, husband and father, Mark Ruffalo is also an activist. He is a member of both The Solution Project and Water Defense, working towards saving our planet. He is also an outspoken feminist. Last year, Ruffalo petitioned for a woman’s right to choose in a letter detailing his own mother’s experience with abortion that was read at a rally outside the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. More recently, Ruffalo shared a rant from writer Libby Anne Bruce. Read More
In a beautiful post on her personal Tumblr today, BUST cover girl Laverne Cox saluted Caitlyn Jenner’s bravery, character, and beauty — on the inside and out. Cox echoed commenters’ praise, love, and support for Jenner, while also adding her own perspective on the cis-normative beauty standards perpetuated by the media. “In certain lighting, at certain angles,” says Cox, “I am able to embody certain cis-normative beauty standards. Read More
A couple of the inspiring Babayagas above.  After 15 years in the making, the Babayagas’ House — a feminist alternative to a retirement home — has finally opened in Paris. Named after the word “witch” in Slavic mythology, this incredible place is a self-managed social housing project run by a community of inspiring female senior citizens who want to keep their independence. “To live long is a good thing but to age well is better,” says the 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc who dreamed up the project back in 1999. Read More
When I proclaimed myself a feminist in middle school, I tried my best to seek out feminist peers—they had to be somewhere, right?! Alas, at the age of 12 in my tiny town, there were no feminists to be found. Yet by high school, the term “feminism” was popping up beyond the little sidebar about women’s lib in my textbooks. Feminism was all over Tumblr and Twitter and even the social media of the mainstream: Facebook. Students and teachers alike made feminism part of the conversation. Read More
In news that will make you groan, people STILL get upset about women breastfeeding in public places. In Terre Haute, Indiana, for example, one young woman was publicly shamed by a man who took a photo of her (without her knowledge, yuck) breastfeeding in a T.G.I Friday’s. He then uploaded it to Facebook and Instagram. Read More
Badass Twitter activist Mikki Kendall created the hashtag #FirstHarassed to open up the conversation about when women first begin to experience sexual harassment. Unsurprisingly, the phrase quickly went viral; also unsurprisingly, harassment starts early for most girls. Ugh.   The anecdotes that have been accumulating on Twitter are substantiated by recent research from Hollaback! and the organization's survey on street harassment — the biggest and most international one to date. Read More
  Gloria Steinem asked the question in a 1978 essay: What would happen if men could menstruate? Essentially, what would happen if menstrual periods were discussed loud and proud among uterus-havers everywhere? The organization WaterAid posed this query in their new online ads for the fictional product of “Manpons.” They created the ad to raise awareness about the 1.25 billion women worldwide—that’s about a third of ALL women—who don’t have access to toilets when they’re menstruating. Read More
Illustrator Ellen T. Crenshaw has created a series called “We Are Entitled To Wear Cowboy Boots To Our Own Revolution,” giving us an awesome lineup of badass women and their thoughts on feminism. The Huffington Post describes them as "feminist baseball cards," a term we think is pretty apt. Check out the full collection here. Images via The Nib. Read More
Say what you will about Lena Dunham, the girl has got guts and gusto to spare. Never one to shy away from controversy, the 29-year-old recently posted a photo to Instagram that featured her standing in her bathroom, stripped down to her skivvies. She was, in fact, giving a shout-out to indie lingerie brand Lonely Lingerie, which boasts this motto: “For women who wear lingerie as a love letter to themselves. Read More
The problem of sexual assaults on college campuses is prominent in the media, and unfortunately, it's for good reason. A new study conducted by researchers at Brown and Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine found that 18.6 percent of freshmen women at an unnamed college in upstate NY are survivors of an attempted or completed rape. This brings new light to the commonly used statistic that 1 in 5 college women experience sexual assault. Here’s why: Previously, the 1 in 5 statistic from the U.S. Read More