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The New York Times has just announced that the new executive editor will be Jill Abramson, the very first woman to be executive editor at the Times. It is crazy to think that we are still experiencing these kinds of firsts for women in North America. That’s what I think of whenever I hear an ill-informed individual say things like “Why is feminism still around anyway? Women are like, equal now.” Well like equal isn’t good enough. It is so ... Read More
Remember just a few weeks ago, when everyone was so excited about Bridesmaids opening? And all those social networking efforts, including one here on our very own site, that were encouraging women to go out and see it on its opening weekend, so that it would do well at the box office, and we ladies could look forward to possibly getting another non-sucky movie about and for women in the next year or ten? And remember that the movie actually did do well at the box ... Read More
Interview with Lyric Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst and External Relations Officer at Women for Women International. Bust previously spoke with Karen Sherman, the Executive Director of Global Programs and covered the organization's recent fundraiser luncheon. When teaching women about rights awareness, what are the rights they are usually unaware of having, or that they need the most help enforcing? More so than men, women are often excluded from opportunities to ... Read More
At 583 Park Avenue last Wednesday, a group of about 350 people sat at round tables under the high ceiling and massive chandelier. The crowd, which was mostly women, chatted abut their lives, made introductions, and talked about the state of affairs in Afghanistan as they munched on chicken and vegetables. This was Women for Women International's 2011 fundraiser luncheon. The event included a discussion about Afghanistan with panelists Sayed Ishaq Gailani, ... Read More
Despite being outlawed in 2004, the rates of selective abortions of girls in India have substantially increased—particularly among the wealthier classes—according to a recent study published by The Lancet. The sex of a fetus can be determined in an ultrasound after 14 weeks, and in India abortions are only legal until the 12-week point. While gender ratios vary among the regions, the overall rates of girls have greatly decreased since the last Indian ... Read More
This is an issue that is close to our hearts, former teacher and journalist, Marguerite Kearns is trying to get her grandmother's suffragette campaign wagon to be exhibited permanently at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York.  As of now, the wagon is sitting in a museum warehouse somewhere in Albany, waiting for its next appearance in public. Without our support, there is no way of knowing when it will stop collecting dust, and start educating people ... Read More
Navigating gendered vocabulary can be tricky. I use the term “guys” to refer to just about anyone—men, women, children, even the elderly—but every now and then my poor vocabulary has led to confusion or even discomfort.  But terms for the “fairer sex” are pretty limited. “Females” sounds starchy and medical, and even “women” often feels too official. “Girls” indicates youth and can be ... Read More
The “Gender in Society” team, made up of folks from POTENTIA magazine, (which "covers gender, sexuality and power relations in a non-pretentious manner”) and Utrecht University, NL (where our own BUST editor-in-chief, Debbie Stoller once worked!) have entered the 2011 Academic Yearprice Competition. The grand prize is 100,000 euros, which the “Gender in Society” group plans to use to create a documentary on gender. Sounds pretty ... Read More
Check out this hilarious pie-chart from MadAtoms.com, about what men think about menstruation. It's pretty on point, especially the 12% of men that think periods are dangerous- because they attract bears. I once asked one of my buddies why women aren't allowed to be Navy Seals, and he replied, "Ya know how many missions would be compromised by sharks that were attracted by periods??" This boy was DEAD serious. For shame!These bizarre ideas about periods are ... Read More
We’ve all heard it before: someone tries to inform young women about their options regarding an unwanted pregnancy, and they’re blamed for “promoting abortion” to young girls. But this time the attacks are coming from two Texan teenagers—against Girl Scouts. Tess and Sydney Volansk have launched a new anti-abortion rights website, Speak Now: girl scouts. The sisters were involved in Girl Scouts for eight years, but left after ... Read More