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An American Woman Just Won The Boston Marathon For The First Time In Over 30 Years

The Boston marathoners didn't face particularly good circumstances for the race — but it didn't slow everyone down. On Monday, Desiree Linden won the Boston Marathon, the first American woman to do so in over three decades. Braving some seriously na…
By Lani Seelinger

9 Memoirs About Real Women With Unusual Careers — From Midwives To Morticians

What do you want to be when you grow up? I've personally been trying to answer that question since I was a little kid. But here's one thing I have learned: There are more options than your typical nine-to-five office job, and these nonfiction books a…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Why A Nuanced Female Role Shouldn't Come Once In A Blue Moon, According To Philippa Coulthard

When celebrities hang out with Bustle editors, we want to give them the chance to leave their mark. Literally. So we hand them a pen, a piece of paper, a few questions, and ask them to get creative. The rest is up to them. This time, Howards End star…
By Sage Young

This TV Show Is Turning The Sexist Femme Fatale Stereotype On Its Head

BBC America's new show Killing Eve is a captivating chronicle of the relationship between two women: Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a psychopathic assassin, and Eve (Sandra Oh), the intelligence officer trying to track her down. But the show is much more …
By Leah Thomas

Sandra Oh's New Spy Show Is About Female Rivals, But It Actually Subverts The Sexist Tropes

There’s a moment in the first episode of BBC America’s new spy thriller Killing Eve, which debuts Sunday, April 8, that will make any woman feel a pang of recognition: A woman, in this case Sandra Oh's character Eve Polastri, stands in front of a bat…
By Samantha Rollins

This Primetime Soap Is Subverting Every Sexist Expectation Of The Genre & You're Missing It

In the era of Peak TV, judging a series by its cover is as easy as changing the channel. That may be why you've let The Arrangement, E!'s scripted drama about the $10 million marriage contract between an A-list movie star and a young ingenue, fly und…
By Sage Young

Without This Woman I Met Via Chatroom, I Wouldn't Have My Career

We met our junior year of high school. The year was 1995, the date was April 20, the time was 4:20. She hates when I tell that part of the story. The plan was to meet at Strawberry Fields in Central Park. It wasn’t our plan; we were each wing-women …
By Piper Weiss

Without This Woman, I Would Have Lost Myself To Abuse

The longest relationship I've ever had is with my best friend. I met Sarah when her family moved to my town. On the first day of 10th grade, she tapped me on the shoulder in Spanish class to mouth, “What the hell did Señor just say?” We’ve now been i…
By Stacia Fleegal

Without This Woman, I Wouldn’t Know I Can Win

In the early '90s, you could have found me glued to The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, pretending I was helping fight the evil Rita Repulsa and Lord Z. I especially admired Trini, the Yellow Ranger, played by Thuy Trang. She fought for good amongst he…
By Alexandra Velasco

Without This Woman, I Couldn’t Have Led The Resistance

Not long after I co-founded the open-source platform Resistance Manual, Trump announced his notorious travel ban. I jumped into action and helped coordinate a rapid-response effort to connect legal help with the people who needed it. It was the first…
By Aditi Juneja

Why Hollywood Needs More Complex Roles For Teenage Girls, According To 'The Americans' Star Holly Taylor

When celebrities hang out with Bustle editors, we want to give them the chance to leave their mark. Literally. So we hand them a pen, a piece of paper, a few questions, and ask them to get creative. The rest is up to them. This time, The Americans st…
By Samantha Rollins

Without This Woman, I'd Still Be Living Other People's Dreams For Me

I started wishing myself away in kindergarten. For an entire semester, I let my teacher and classmates call me "Za-hee-da" (it's "Zai-ee-da"). I wanted my classmates to like me, so I was polite. Nice girls didn't correct others when the names that th…
By Zahida Sherman

Without This Woman Fleeing The Vietnam War, I Wouldn't Have My Life

I grew up with an immigrant mother who had escaped the Vietnam War. Many of the gifts she provided to me were invisible to me as I grew up; it took years for me to see them for what they are. In the '80s, I watched dozens of sitcoms and shows on our …
By Quynh Mai

These 'Mike & Molly' Quotes Will Make You Love Melissa McCarthy Even More Than You Do Now

Melissa McCarthy fans can be separated into two categories: those who discovered her in Bridesmaids, and those who already knew she was destined for greatness just by seeing her on their TV. Before she was a big screen comedy star, McCarthy was a tel…
By Olivia Truffaut-Wong

Without This Woman From A Novel, I Wouldn't Have Changed My Own Story

"I am so tired of it, and also tired of the future before it comes." This epigraph by 19th century South African writer Olive Schreiner is how Doris Lessing opens the first Martha Quest novel. Standing in the stacks at the public library, holding the…
By Nina Burleigh

Without This Woman, I Wouldn't Believe We Could Start A Revolution

In 2005, when I was living in the Bay Area, my aunt emailed me a copy of a manuscript titled Recollections. It had been written in longhand by my late maternal grandmother, Meherunessa Islam, the first feminist I knew before I understood what feminis…
By Abeer Hoque

A Live-Action Carmen Sandiego Is Coming & Gina Rodriguez Is Involved In More Ways Than One

Where in the world is Gina Rodriguez? These days, it's at the helm of major film and television projects with her own production company. Rodriguez is starring in a live-action Carmen Sandiego for Netflix, which will bring new life to the classic cha…
By Mary Kate McGrath

Without This Woman, I Wouldn't Have A Closet Full Of Trophies (Or The Confidence To Win Them)

I was the kind of kid who feared talking to strangers. When I was 10 and my brother was seven, I'd coerce him into asking for change at the bowling alley, where our parents would take us every Sunday night to play with their church group, so we could…
By Jen Doll

Without This Woman, I Wouldn't Remember Your Name

Celia. Deanna. Drew. Leigh. Toni. Rob. These are the last six people I’ve met, and I will always remember their names. Not because they’ve had a profound impact on my life. They haven’t. As of this writing, they are acquaintances who stopped by for …
By Marina Shifrin

Jennifer Hudson's March For Our Lives Performance Is A Call To Action

In 2008, Oscar-winning actor and singer Jennifer Hudson lost her mother, brother, and nephew to gun violence. On Saturday, March 24, the video of Jennifer Hudson's March for Our Lives performance closed out the event and it was so very powerful. Huds…
By Sabienna Bowman