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Contrary to global trends, maternal deaths have been on the rise in the U.S. In a special report ProPublica found that over the last several years, more than 700 women have died annually from causes relating to pregnancy or childbirth, with black women three to four times more likely to suffer maternal mortality than white women. The real kicker: 60% of these deaths are preventable. Enter H.R. 1318, a bipartisan bill dubbed the “Preventing Maternal Deaths Act.” It would authorize $12 million in federal funds a year for...
The United States justice system is broken. We live in a world where white male college athletes found guilty of sexual assault get three months in prison, while a black teenage girl who killed her abuser in self-defense is sentenced to life in prison.  According to an official 2014 Court of Criminal Appeals document (Cyntoia Denise Brown v. State of Tennessee), 18-year-old Cyntoia Brown was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery in 2006. Two years earlier, in 2004, Nashville police found the body of 43-year-old Johnny Allen lying...
Last year, Hollywood saw many women come forward about sexual harassment and unfair treatment on and off set. But don’t expect Megan Fox to speak up again now: the actress has been trying to share her own #MeToo stories for almost a decade. “I don’t want to say this about myself, but let’s say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand,” Fox told The New York Times in an interview published Friday. “Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are...

Mary I has been remembered by history as "Bloody Mary": The woman who burned her own people alive, ruthlessly led her country into pointless religious upheaval, and basically turned England into a clusterfuck of sadness and fear. But was Mary really that bad? Let’s find out! Queen Mary I – One of history’s most evil women? MARY KICKED OFF HER REIGN WITH THE EXECUTION OF LADY JANE GREY. Now I’m sure we can all (hopefully) agree that the beheading of an innocent teenage girl isn’t a winning start...
When I was a kid, I was allergic to sitting still. Every day I sat in class, I felt like I had drunk an entire pot of coffee—before I even knew what caffeine was. One teacher's solution was to drape a weighted snake over my legs—a long, patchwork thing like a sock monkey—so I couldn’t stand up. Another teacher gave me a ball to bounce on, which probably would have been an appropriate outlet for my energy if it wasn’t so enjoyable that it made...
  Claudette Colvin is the civil rights revolutionary whose name you haven’t heard of, but you should know. In March 1955, 15-year-old Claudette refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger. She was dragged off the bus and arrested. Her actions that day sparked a movement that would end bus segregation in the US. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s Rosa Parks' story. Except it happened to Claudette nine months earlier. And was then omitted from history. a newspaper clipping about Claudette's trial On March 2, 1955, Claudette...
Join us at the BUST School For Creative Living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, on Saturday, December 8th at 2:30pm for #WomensWave: What Is Feminism Today?, an intergenerational panel discussion on second- and third-wave feminism’s effect on the present movement, and how we envision the future. The panel features an incredible roster of talent including Jamia Wilson, Paola Mendoza, Blair Imani, Carol Jenkins, and BUST’s editor-in-chief Debbie Stoller. These women will surely leave you feeling empowered to use your voice and claim your space in this world....
Do you like singing vagina cupcakes? Singing knitted vaginas? Singing pit fruit? Sea shells? Coin purses? Clams? Self-love? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then why haven't you watched this ad already?! Released on November 23rd, this advertisement—produced by Swedish feminine hygiene company Libresse—has been going viral the last few days, amusing people all over with the world with its catchy song and clever everyday representations of the vulva. Honestly, as someone who, many moons ago, grew sick of the bombardment of harmful ads...
BUST School For Creative Living is taking place this December 8th and 9th at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. There will be classes, panels, and workshops led by verious incredible and insightful people, and it will be happening alongside the BUST Craftacular, which will feature multiple independent artists, healers, and makers with their original creations for sale. This year, we're excited to announce the "Shout Your Abortion: Safe, Legal, and Absolutely Shameless" panel, which will be led by Shout Your Abortion co-founder Amelia Bonow and feature activists Joyelle Johnson,...
The BUST School For Creative Living will be taking place December 8th and 9th during the BUST Holiday Craftacular at Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Kristen Sollée will be moderating a panel on exploring practical magic for artists and creatives (featuring Jex Blackmore, Dianca London Potts, Maheen Lemon, and Jaclyn Sheer), as well as teaching a sex and color magic workshop with Sarah Potter. The talk is on Sunday, December 9th at 2:30pm – can't wait to see you all there! Sollée is a writer, curator,...