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In more glass ceiling-breaking news, the Fields Award (which Buzzfeed describes as “the Nobel Prize equivalent in the mathematics world”) has been awarded to the first female ever!  Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born professor at Stanford University, was chosen by the International Congress of Mathematicians to receive this honor - which only happens every four years.  According to New Scientist, the winner “studies the geometry of ... Read More
Art by Zen Pencils.   Over here at Bust we're pretty huge fans of Amy Poehler and her website Smart Girls Club so we loved finding this animated version of a quote from one of her amazing Ask Amy advice videos. Once again, Zen Pencils finds a way to illustrate our heroes' words in a beautiful way.  Image via Zen ... Read More
      I don't remember the exact moment I discovered Tavi Gevinson's blog Style Rookie, only that I interpreted her shrines of teenage girlhood via Goody barrettes, Barbie clothes, Freaks and Geeks posters and Comme des Garcons ads as the work of a mastermind. A mastermind in Miu Miu pumps and granny shawls. I was in awe and continued to read her blog with a sort of feverish glee for years.    I wish I turned my Girl Scout patches into ... Read More
A teenage girl took a knife to her uncle in India took action when he tried to rape her for a second time, cutting off his penis.  Trigger warning: the second paragraph of this article includes a potentially triggering description of rape.  The girl, who reports have left unnamed (likely because of the stigma associated with rape), was ill and had been sent to visit her uncle Mahendra Mehta for a cure.  Mehta, a tantrik (one who practices the ... Read More
BuzzFeed has developed into a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. I could admittedly spend hours sifting through its array of YouTube channels, laughing over the things babies do that’d be creepy if I did them, rejoicing over the fact that there are 11 goats that are JUST LIKE ME, and marveling at the remarkable evolution of the burrito. And while largely, these clips serve as a way to bond people over their mutually strange and awkward lives, BuzzFeed will ... Read More
  Today’s been a mishmash of goods and bads, to say the least. Bads: I got my wisdom teeth out and I can’t eat solid food for a few days. Goods: I finally have a medical excuse to sleep, read, drink smoothies, sleep and watch Netflix all day. Very bads: It stings like a beeyotch, and being bedridden during summer vacation is probably the worst fate a free-spirited gal like myself can endure, next to lice during summer vacation (a fate I have also ... Read More
So wait a minute, the same girl who stole our hearts at the age of 13 in her performance in Akeelah and the Bee, is the same girl who is wearing my jeans, is the same girl who played Chili in the recent TLC biopic, is the same girl who will be starring as Broadway’s first African-American Cinderella…WHAT! Keke Palmer is starring in Broadway’s production of Cinderella as the latest breakthrough for African-American actors on Broadway. Following ... Read More
The only place that is deemed “socially acceptable” for women to breastfeed is either the confines of their own home or on the squishy sofas in department store bathrooms. But what if there isn’t a fancy chaise lounge to rest your tired new-mother body in the bathroom? Well, there is certainly no place for you in public to breastfeed your baby in peace. HOWEVER, two of my queens Alanis Morisette and Olivia Wilde are taking a stand against the ... Read More
Yesterday, The New York Times published an article, written by Adam Liptak, entitled, “Justice Rulings Advance Gays; Women Less So,” essentially speaking to the apparent disparity between the Supreme Court’s Decisions involving gay rights and women’s rights. Liptak compares the Supreme Court’s recent blows to women’s rights with Hobby Lobby and the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, to the recent victories of the Gay Rights ... Read More
We all know that existing precautionary laws will not be sufficient in preventing workplace harassment and/or discrimination for various oppressed groups. At least, we should all know that. I thought we all knew that. Apparently not, though, because straight folks are crashing job fairs designed specifically for LGBTQ people. That’s right, some straight people are thwarting efforts to end workplace discrimination and it is 100% deliberate. The job fair ... Read More
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