• Screen Shot 2018 10 02 at 3.09.42 PM 42d49On Tuesday, Donna Strickland, a Canadian professor at the University of Waterloo, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. She shares the award with Arthur Ashkin of the United States and Gérard Mourou of France. Her win is particularly significant: she is the first woman to be awarded the prize in 55 years, and only the third woman in the Nobel Prize's history to win. 

    Each awardee was recognized for having "revolutionized laser physics," the Royal Swedish Academy said. Strickland's and Dr. Mourou were recognized for their work on generating “high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.” Dr. Ashkin was honored for developing “optical tweezers”. 

    The real-world applications are wide-ranging: Dr. Ashkin’s tweezers allow advanced the research of viruses and other microbes; Strickland and Moumou's lasers are the backbone of retinal surgery.

    Strickland’s achievement had been attempted by physicists for years. “Different people were trying to get short pulses amplified in different ways,” Strickland said. “It was thinking outside the box to stretch first and then amplify."

    Despite a long and fruitful career, Strickland's recognition arrives late. 

    “It took a Nobel prize for Donna Strickland to be noticed enough to have a (short) Wikipedia page written about her. Another example of how women's’ contributions to science go unnoticed and uncelebrated,” Dr. Seirian Sumner, a behavioural ecologist and co-founder of Soapbox Science, a platform promoting women in STEM, said. “It takes the science equivalent of an Oscar for a woman in STEM [science, technology engineering, and mathematics] to get noticed!”

    Physics has consistently been the most male-dominated field in STEM. In a 2003 study, men held 90 percent of physics faculty positions, and earned 82 percent of the doctoral degrees. In a Google search of famous physicists, only one out of 53 results listed was a woman: Marie Curie. Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in 1903. She was recognized for her co-discovery of radiation. She was followed by Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963 for pioneering research in nuclear structure.

    Her victory came one day aftera widely-critiqued presentation by Professor Alessandro Strumia of Pisa University. To a young, heavily-female audience at a workshop on high energy physics in Geneva, he is reported saying, "physics was invented and built by men, it's not by invitation." 

    Strumia counted to state that male scientists were being discriminated against because of “ideology rather than merit.” Presenting a study of published research papers, he claimed were evidence "physics is not sexist against women. However, the truth does not matter, because it is part of a political battle coming from outside".

    He has since been suspended, but that debacle only renounced the sentiments Strickland shared by a video link at a news conference in Stockholm:

    "We need to celebrate women physicists because we're out there,” she said. “I’m honored to be one of those women.”

    Top photo: Courtesy of the University of Waterloo

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    Here's why you need to be in Harlem, NYC, this week: to give back to the community and receive a free BUST magazine issue, obviously!

    The “Women’s Drive: NYC Tour, an initiative dedicated to providing basic hygiene products to women in need throughout New York City, kicked off this past Sunday and we are more than excited!

    The drive was created by Essence Beaute (@EssenceBeaute), a start-up digital content brand that aims to support, empower, and provide equal media representation for all women. EB was founded by our very own events intern, Nakia Kerlan (@NakiaKerlan) and her best friend, editorial makeup artist, Keyanna Banks (@Kbank.s).

    The first stop on the tour is Harlem, NYC! The brand has partner up with Luxury Hair Lounge (@LuxuryHairLoungeNYC), located at 111 E 125th St, New York, NY, 10035, to host the drive. All products will be donated to Greenhope Housing and Win NYC, women’s shelter facilities in East Harlem.

    Acceptable donations include (but are not limited to):

  • toothbrushes
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste/mouthwash
  • razors (for shaving)
  • feminine wipes
  • body lotion
  • pads/tampons
  • soap
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • combs/brushes
  • Baby wipes/ diapers
  • socks

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    You still have a chance to donate between Tuesday, April 24th and Saturday, April 28th, during salon hours. Don't forget to pick up your free BUST Magazine issue while you're at it!

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    In a turn of events that continue to wildly unravel, a republican GOP Lawmaker has resigned after crashing his car into a ditch while drunk resulting in being charged with a DWI.

    New York State Assembly Minority Leader, Brian Kolb, had a few too many at a holiday shindig on December 31, before reportedly making his way home and driving down an embankment, seconds away from his own driveway. But drunk driving is an issue Kolb seems to be very concerned about, since the day after Christmas he, very aptly, Tweeted (on his now-deleted account) “There is no excuse for driving impaired this holiday season.”

    Upon the arrival of the AAA worker at around 9:50 pm, Kolb appeared with his hands up outside the vehicle. His explanation as to why his car was stuck? Women, of course! And not just any woman. He said, “My wife was driving! You know how women drive!” Kolb maybe wasn’t in the right state to think this through, however, as apparently he was the only person at the scene.

    Court documents reveal that his blood alcohol count was 0.16% - the legal limit is 0.08%- and that Kolb smelled of liquor, had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and slurred his words. Not surprisingly the lawmaker resigned, releasing a statement apologizing and condemning his behavior. “The events of December 31 are ones I will always regret.,” he wrote.

    Notice how he never once apologizes for his sexist remarks regarding the stereotype that women cannot drive or apologizes directly to his wife who, if I were her, would be more than pissed off.

    By the way, according to a 2018 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes. Twenty-one percent of men were drunk in these crashes, compared to 14% for women.

    Never drink and drive.


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    On Thursday, September 27th, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, with bravery and conviction, testified in front of the Senate that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school, CNN reports. In front of a committee consisting mostly of male lawmakers, Dr. Blasey articulately recalled painful details of the assault. She cooperated and expressed a desire to be helpful to the committee in her recollection of events. As a nation, we watched her relive her trauma as she answered questions that seemed grounded in doubt and cross-examination.

    Dr. Blasey testified to remembering specifics of the evening from how she got home to the bedroom where Kavanaugh and other young men attempted to rape her. She stressed, “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter… the uproarious laughter” of the men who held her down and covered her mouth as she tried to scream. Her voice shook as she openly admitted to being terrified but maintained that sharing her experience was her “civic duty.”

    After Dr. Blasey’s testimony, Kavanaugh gave a belligerent and rage-fueled defense, blaming Democrats for what he called “a calculated and orchestrated political hit” intended to deny him a seat on the Supreme Court. He refused to support an FBI investigation of the allegations and even asserted that any resistance to his confirmation “amounted to revenge on behalf of the Clintons,” NPR reports.

    Following an exhausting day of questions and speculations, the American Bar Association issued a statement requesting the Senate Judiciary Committee hold off on Kavanaugh’s nomination until an FBI investigation is conducted. Previously, the ABA gave him their highest rating of “well-qualified.” Robert Carlson, the ABA’s president, wrote, “Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as will all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote. Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court.”

    On Friday afternoon, the Judiciary Committee voted to approve Kavanaugh's nomination, which now moves to a full floor vote. However, Senator Jeff Flake voted to approve the nomination "on the grounds that he would get support to request a floor vote delay and a one week FBI investigation," reports CNN. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not committed to the FBI investigation and may move forward without it; but if he does move the nomination forward without an FBI investigation, Flake has said he will vote against Kavanaugh for the final confirmation vote. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins have not yet announced how they will vote. 

    Flake's reversal happened hours after two sexual assault survivors, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, confronted him in an elevator on Friday morning after he gave a statement saying he would vote to approve Kavanaugh's nomination, reports the New York Times.  

    “I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me,” Maria Gallagher told Flake. “I didn’t tell anyone, and you’re telling all women that they don’t matter. [...] Don’t look away from me. Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land and tell everyone what they can do to their bodies.”

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    This morning, The Wall Street Journal asserted that Trump “personally directed” his former attorney Michael Cohen and son, Eric Trump, in planning efforts to stop adult film star Stormy Daniels from further sharing details of their affair.

    The Journal wrote that, according to several individuals close to the situation, Trump suggested Cohen get a restraining order to prevent Daniels from speaking with the media. He also said that he would pay all costs and that Cohen should work with his son on necessary paperwork, reported NBC.

    This is major, since—as Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti wrote on Twitter—the news “describes what we have been saying for months and what Trump and Cohen denied repeatedly.” 



    Back in January, the Journal revealed that Trump and Cohen paid Daniels $130,000, around the time of his election, to stay silent about the affair, which Trump continues to deny—though Cohen admitted to the hush money and pleaded guilty to multiple federal crimes in August. 

    But despite Trump’s attempts, Daniels won’t stay silent. Her memoir, Full Disclosure, is out today. In it, she shares the details of her affair with Trump, her thoughts on how it was revealed to the public, and the constant manipulation and harrassment from Cohen and her former attorney Keith Davidson, wrote the Hollywood Reporter. (She also shares some, uh, unsavory information about Trump’s penis.) 

    After all, as Daniels says in her book’s synopsis: “Standing up to bullies is kind of my thing.”

    Top photo via Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore

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    Since 2010, the U.S. enacted 338 laws restricting abortion, accounting for 30% of the total 1,142 restrictions codified since Roe V. Wade passed in 1973. Ohio, which only had 16 clinics to begin with, has shut down half of its abortion centerssince 2011. Restrictive rulings around term-limits, laws including those increasing the wait-time between initial visits and procedures, and stigma in the form of pro-life protest groups who camp outside clinic doors further diminish access.

    But some Ohioans aren’t giving up without a fight. Ohio's largest nonprofit abortion clinic, Preterm, launched a sweeping billboard campaign, called “My Abortion My Life,” on January 2nd, reports the Daily Dot. According to Preterm's website, “My Abortion, My Life works toward a world without stigma. Our aim is simple. Abortion is a common experience women undergo for many valid personal reasons. If even a fraction of the 50 million American women who have had abortions spoke about the experience, the cycle of silence, shame, and stigma would be broken.”

    The 16 different ads featured across the Cleveland area on freeways and busstops each start with the phrase, “Abortion is…” to impart positive narratives about abortion.

    “Abortion is a parenting decision.”

    “Abortion is a second chance.”

    “Abortion is life-saving.”

    “Abortion is right for me.”

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    The campaign arose following a law passed by Republican Gov. John Kasich on December 22nd that will make abortion illegal if based on a Down Syndrome diagnosis. The billboards challenge damaging misconceptions about abortion: that it is selfish, amoral, unjustified, or downright wrong. Most importantly, the initiative sparks solidarity amongst folks with uteruses.

    If you live in Ohio, or just want to visit these beauties, Preterm has created a handy map of their locations. 

    Top photo via Twitter/@pretermMAML

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    Mattel’s official Naomi Osaka doll sold out within hours of it’s release on Monday, July 12th. Osaka joins the Barbie hall of fame as one the extraordinary women honored in Barbie’s Role Model Series. Currently ranked No. 2 by the Women’s Tennis Association, Osaka is the first Asian player to hold the top rank in singles, and is the reigning champion at both the Australian and US Opens. The doll sports Osaka’s Nike outfit that she wore during the 2020 Australian Open along with a miniature version of her signature Yonex tennis racket. Upon the release of this new doll, Naomi Tweeted about it saying, “I hope every child is reminded that they can be and do anything.” 

    Launched in 2015, The Barbie Role Model collection is a result of the brand’s commitment to “shining a light on empowering role models past and present in an effort to inspire more girls.” Others honored by Mattel in previous years include Yara Shahidi, Frida Kahlo, Ashley Graham, and Misty Copeland. This year they honored Osaka along with soccer player Alex Morgan. 

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    The Barbie Role Model collection marks a progressive turn for Mattel along with the Barbie Fashionistas line, released in April of 2019. The Barbie Fashionistas line was dedicated towards showcasing a range of diverse skin-tones, body types, and forms of gender expression.

    Both the Barbie Role Model collection and the Barbie Fashionistas line set a more realistic and diverse standard for young children. These were huge leaps forward for a brand which previously modeled their dolls almost exclusively on a thin, white ideal—with the first Black and Latina Barbie dolls not released until 1980. Now, it is clear that the brand has shifted its priorities.

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    Mattel recognizes the need for young girls to have strong and talented women like Osaka to look up to. Lisa McKnight, senior ranking executive at Mattel, said of Osaka that “she has paved the way for future generations of girls to dream bigger, and through her unwavering courage and honesty, shown the world the importance of being your own biggest champion.” The 23-years-old four-time Grand Slam winner, is also a mental health advocate and activist against racial injustice. 

    This real-life role model has certainly earned the title through her outspokenness about her own mental health issues and the necessity to prioritize oneself, even writing about such struggles in her recent Time Magazine article “It’s O.K. to Not Be O.K.” Although Osaka has withdrawn from both Wimbledon and the French Open as a result of social anxiety and media pressure, she is eager to represent Tokyo in the 2021 Olympics. 

    While the Naomi Osaka dolls are currently out of stock, you can be notified on the Mattel website of any restocks. Fingers crossed, that you can snag one of your own soon. 

    Top Image: Via Mattel, Middle Image: Via Bob Keating 


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    What would you do if you found out someone had sneakily taken nude photos of you and tried to sell them? While not the traditional response, Sia handled it in the most badass way: Beat them to the punch.

    On Monday night, the singer, whose full name is Sia Furler, posted the nude image in question to Twitte,r stating, “someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas!”

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    While not exactly clear who the exchange is between, the tweet suggests that a paparazzi or photo agency was trying to sell 15 images secretly taken of Furler, with at least one nude photo. According to the Guardian, the watermark belongs to the FameFlyNet agency, who had not responded to the Guardian for comment.

    Of course, Furler’s fans and the entire Twitter community reacted positively to Sia’s post, showing her support in response.

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    Sia’s tweet was a brave initiative towards the problem of privacy violation and sexual harassment of female celebrities by paparazzi and hackers. In 2014, a large scale hack of Apple’s icloud service left female celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton’s nudes up for sale, or just blatantly posted, on the internet.

    Unsurprisingly, much of the public showed little to no sympathy for the women whose rights had been violated, claiming it was their fault for taking the photo’s in the first place.

    In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jennifer Lawrence stated, “Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it.”

    Sia’s light-hearted tweet took a jab at paparazzi creeps and also plugged her upcoming project. Her mention of Christmas is a direct reference to her upcoming album Everyday is Christmas, a holiday album set to be released later this month on November 17th.

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    It looks like the only person profiting off of Sia’s body is Sia.

    Photos via SIAMUSIC & Twitter

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    Suffragette City is a collective made up of artists, writers, and musicians aiming to break up the cis male-dominated creative scene. Their DIY zine elevates work made by women and genderqueer artists. Suffragette relies heavily on its punk rock ethos, providing a zine that is independently produced by a small team of local artists. But don't let the word "DIY" fool you into thinking that this is some amateurish endeavor! Gwynn Galitzer, founder of Suffragette City, is a self-proclaimed "graphic design nerd" and no newcomer to the world of printmaking. Galitzer has been making zines since high school and studied printmaking at SVA.

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    As a native New Yorker, Galitzer works with long-term friends, members of her tight-knit artist community, and even top industry professionals to print a high caliber magazine that is as aesthetically compelling as it looks. The zines, which are produced out of Galitzer’s living room, are all handmade and created with tremendous love and care. To pay for production costs, fundraising parties featuring local bands and artists are thrown regularly. 

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    Having a professional looking magazine produced at a DIY level provides local underground artists the unique opportunity of getting their work out into the world and being taken seriously. Suffragette aims to bring marginalized voices into the light; bridging the gap between female creators around the world. Galitzer hopes the work will reach young girls who may not have immediate access to this kind of community and inspire them to keep creating. 


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     You can catch Suffragette City at this year's BUST Holiday Craftacular. Attendees will have the opportunity to make their own zine out of a single piece of paper and learn basic zine folding techniques. You can even leave behind your zine at the workshop and Suffragette City will print and distribute it for you!


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