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For about half a century now there’s been one image following feminism and constantly reinventing itself: That image is Norman Rockwell’s painting of “Rosie The Riveter.” The real-life inspiration and model for this painting was Mary Doyle Keefe, a single mother, actual riveter, and one of our favorite feminist matriarchs. And on Tuesday, April 21st, Keefe passed away. We thank her for her landmark contribution to feminist history, and her lifetime of empowering acts. She passed away in Connecticut, with nothing short of a monumental existence behind her. Read More
  Historically speaking, pregnancy has been associated with all things feminine. But the way we look at gender, parenting, and identity are changing swiftly: LGBTQ female-bodied couples who once adopted children are more commonly giving birth to their offspring. This is becoming more socially accepted, but gender queer parents are still pioneers, and encounter a whole array of obstacles. One of these hiccups is the clothing they wear while expecting. Read More
The race for the White House has begun, and both sides are doing their best to attract female voters for their party. Democrats are riding hard on the Hillary train, knowing that she will not only perform with women but voters overall; the GOP keeps trying to get its foot in the lady door, but keeps picking complete assholes to speak on its behalf. Cue: Rand Paul. Rand Paul—in his unparalleled idiotic wisdom—said that the election of a female president would not be a huge achievement at all. Read More
In this awesome C-Span footage from 2009, Hillary Clinton responds to Rep. Christopher Smith’s question about the role of the U.S. government supporting access to safe abortion, contraception, and education on an international platform. She instantly defends the reproductive rights of women and family planning, stating: “We are now an administration that will protect the rights of women including their rights to reproductive healthcare.” Hillary also touches on the work she did as First Lady and the sorry state of reproductive health after the Bush administration. Read More
Last May, Heather Bays posted a breastfeeding selfie (now known as a #brelfie) and her Instagram account was immediately deleted. Bays complained and the account was put back up, but she didn’t stop there—and neither did women everywhere. #Brelfies became an Instagram and Twitter movement fighting for women’s rights to bare breasts, especially when it comes to actively nursing your child. The nature of a nude photograph of a woman is sexual, or sexualized. Read More
          Saint Friday is here! And so is our weekly round-up of feminist new stories: Curated just for you, BUSTies, we aim to keep you in the know while you're out changing the world (and the glitter status of your eyebrows at Primped!).  Photos of Kabul’s Littlest Skaters Totally Shredding Afghan woman aren’t allowed to ride bikes—so instead they’ve taken to skateboarding in Jessica Fulford-Dobson’s photo series “Skate Girls of Kabul. Read More
Rosie The Riveter has been a feminist icon for decades, but who really was the bandana'ed heroine? Well, she wasn’t just one woman: She was a symbol of the 60,000 who joined the workforce during WWII. When men left their jobs to enlist in the armed forces, women’s employment rose from 27% to 37%, with most of them taking on jobs in defense industries. In 1942, The Westinghouse Power Company commissioned Jay Howard Miller to create a promotional poster to boost morale amongst female employees. Read More
In the decades since Roe v. Wade, reproductive rights for women are still ripe with stigma and judgment from others. Women are still socially expected to keep to themselves about their abortions, like a dirty little secret. Thankfully, women, like Girls actress, Jemima Kirke, have not kept silent about their choices.   Back in 2007, Kirke became pregnant by her boyfriend at the time. Not feeling financially ready or wanting to be attached to the boyfriend for the rest of her life, Kirke decided to end her pregnancy. Read More
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, female pilot. She was also the first African-American to hold an international pilot license. Read More
  History usually chooses to ignore female revolutionaries who fought alongside glorified men like Che Guevara and Martin Luther King Jr. But inspirational women have been shaping our landscape throughout the course of time, and the lesser-knowns deserve some credit.  Here are ten incredible women (in no particular order) you might not be familiar with who taught us how to fight for what we believe in: 1. Celia Sanchez Most people associate the Cuban Revolution with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. Read More
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