Here at BUST, it’s a winter wonderland! But the visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads are frequently preempted by a strong desire to take action and make 2021 better than 2020. That’s why we’re so excited to have actor and activism legend Jane Fonda gracing our cover and sharing her wisdom about how to create a brighter tomorrow. Inside, we’ve got in-depth interviews with even more thought leaders and change-makers, including Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Ijeoma Oluo. Plus, readers will find a surprising true story of a woman who discovered she was autistic at 31, a roundup of our favorite rising activist stars under 35, a tutorial on how to volunteer remotely, and a trio of adorable DIY gifts.
For over 50 years, Jane Fonda’s commitment to social justice work has never wavered, and neither has her star power. By Lisa Butterworth
How could a woman not know she’s autistic until age 31? The answer has everything to do with medical gender bias. By Jess Kramer
Pulitzer Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones changed how Americans view their history with The 1619 Project—and she’s just getting started. By Jamia Wilson
Eight awesome activists, all under 35, who are shaping the future of this country. By Sabrina Ford
Dog fashions so tasty, you’ll want to sample them yourself. Photographed by Winnie Au, Styled by Marie-Yan Morvan