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  Patrice Banks (right) teaches a workshop While searching for a woman to work on her car in 2011, Patrice Banks discovered that less than two percent of mechanics are female. She decided to do something about that, and began attending automotive school at nights and on weekends. Five years later, she quit her job as an analyst at DuPont to open Girls Auto Clinic, a female-driven auto repair shop in Philadelphia. And this fall, she released a how-to book, Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide. Here,...

  I'm going to tell you something that will surprise you. He's doing that because he likes you. A boy had been chasing me around the playground for a week. I was five years old, exasperated and really confused. What had I done to deserve that kind of attention, minding my own business at recess? But he doesn’t know how to tell you. He’s scared. My mom didn’t mean it as an excuse, but as an explanation for a girl desperate for some clarity and peace. I hadn’t done...
  It’s December 21st and the winter Solstice is upon us. The Solstice, or Yule, marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It's also the last New Moon of 2017, and the onset of winter in all its abundant cold and darkness. Like a blackout, during the Solstice, we look for light to guide us. It is not surprising, then, that all major religions celebrate and incorporate light in their holiday rituals directly and indirectly, calling in, like the pre-Christians, the light...

    If you need a little extra holiday cheer this year (who doesn’t?), whip up a batch of this old-school bourbon eggnog. It’s just like the stuff you used to drink as a kid, except with booze, and without whatever additives made it so damn sweet. Just know that once you try this method, you may never be able to go back to that saccharine shit they sell at the grocery store ever again. Eggnog, by definition, is simply a blend of milk or cream, eggs, sugar,...

  Feminism is about equality. And we wanted to know how to include men in the conversation. So, we put 11 of them in a bubble bath and asked the same six questions.  Where do men fit in a “future is female” world? What does being a man mean to you versus what you’re told being a man is? How do we raise boys to be men who view women as equal? >How can women involve men in the feminist movement? How do you speak to other men in your life about...

    “A merry Christmas, with Love’s gifts for the young, Home’s comforts for the old, and Heaven’s bright hopes for all, is our fervent aspiration.” — Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1854. Shopping for Christmas presents in the Victorian era could be quite tricky, especially if one was a lady choosing a gift for a gentleman. Luckily, newspapers, magazines, and etiquette books of the day were only too happy to offer advice on appropriate gifts for all the men, women, and children in one’s life. They also offered advice on...
Growing up, a New Year’s good luck dish would have meant, for me, eating dinner at anybody else’s house. I longed for the New Year’s suppers my school pals bragged about—what I had was asparagus out of a can that my mom bought four-for-a-dollar and kosher chicken that she left in the oven for so long it was almost jerky. There are a lot of theories about what dishes are supposed to bring good luck on New Year’s, but a common one is that beans...
Looking for gifts in a variety of price ranges, from thrifty to splurge-worthy? Want to support women-owned businesses and charitable causes with your holiday shopping dollars? Then look no further than this handy guide to the best buys of the season.  CODE = woman-owned business (at least 50% owned by women) = BUST Holiday Craftacular vendor   = Proceeds benefit those in need $5 – $20  Lit chicks will love these throwback ’90s teen novels reconstructed into notebooks. There is a huge selection, so you are sure to find something...
  In early May, American embroiderer Stephanie Dunlap (who creates under the moniker “Illuminate”) approached Australian quilter Tal Fitzpatrick with an idea. Dunlap had grown up a self-described “UN fangirl” and wanted to raise awareness of the refugee crisis by honoring the United Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). “With what we've been seeing in our current political and social climate, there’s all the more reason to highlight human rights and their defenders,” Dunlap told BUST about the purpose of the collaboration. Fitzpatrick echoed the same sentiments: “I...
    As F Yeah History’s resident baker I’ve been tasked with testing out festive food recipes from across the ages that you can bring to your next Christmas party.  Because why bring a bottle of wine when you can bring a Tudor cocktail and some Victorian mince pies? TODAY WE’LL BE TRYING OUT: • Tudor Butter Beer• Stuart Sweet Meats • Victorian Mince Pies• 1950s cranberry salad (btw, I am being very kind by calling this a salad) So, let's get started!!!!   1. TUDOR BUTTER BEER – 1588 You read that...