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!).
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.” The entire series brings global attention to Skateistan, which is a non-profit organization founded by Oliver Percovich in 2007 that combines Kabul, skateboarding, and education. The program is non-political and inclusive to all ethnicities, but has a focus on girls. Dobson’s series gives face to some of the girls that are making this social change a possibility.
We previously reported about the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee, aka FratPAC (Yes, they ripped off of the Breakfast Club), planning to lobby Congress in April to make changes that will make college sexual assault cases even more difficult to report. We know—we think it’s BS too. You can help by showing your support for victims and survivors of sexual assault by signing the petition to change FratPAC’s sexual assault legislative agenda.
Although we could think of a few other awards we want to give to the incredible Malala Yousafzai, naming a 2-mile-wide asteroid after her is a pretty good start. Malala has become one of the most critical women in the feminist movement today so it isn’t a shock that her influence has now reached interstellar proportions. After all, the only thing strong enough to rival this feminist would have to be an intergalactic asteroid plummeting towards Earth.
History usually chooses to ignore HERstory so its forgivable if you never learned about Sophie Scholl in school, but it’s never too late to teach an old dog some new tricks. Kathleen Neal Cleaver was a professor of law at Emory College and a integral part of the Black Panther Party. Tawakul Karman is the chair of Women Journalists Without chains in Yemen. These women are just a few of the ones we rounded up just for you. Click through to see the rest!
Forty-nine coincides with the accepted end of a woman’s childbearing years (although it’s different for everyone), but that by no means indicates that her years are over. In a world where decisions are made using online polls, woman over the age of forty-nine are usually left out of the equation. We’re here to say that It’s important older women are included in studies because you don’t stop experiencing life just because your ovaries get a much deserved vacation.
Opening images c/o of illustrator Brett Ryder