• 12.30.Slide.1

    Artists in Action: Fostering Community, Bridging Divides with IThou Art

    Click on Anne's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Women-to-watch Allie Wilkinson and Jessica Martinaitis are using art for positive social change with exhibitions and conversations designed to educate, empower, and call to action. On a slushy Saturday afternoon,… Read More...
  • 12.26.TW

    Beautiful Ballads: Lady Gaga's Tribute to Joanne

    Click on Brittany's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Thanks to HBO's new hit show Westworld and Lady Gaga's latest album Joanne, we'll all be sporting cowboy boots and fringe in no time. I consider myself a casual Lady Gaga fan; I typically enjoy what she puts out… Read More...
  • 8.26.Slide

    Top 5 Memorable Moments from the 2016 Olympics

    Click on Krista's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! There’s something special about the Olympic Games. Every two years, for 16 days, the world’s best athletes come together and captivate the globe with their athletic abilities and performances. They have the power… Read More...
  • 8.24.Slide.2

    The Fantastic Females From this Summer’s Olympic Team

    Click on Caroline's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! This summer, athletes from all over the world traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete in the 2016 summer Olympics. Many American women represented their country in their respective sports sharing a… Read More...
  • 8.15.Slide

    The bSmart Guide to Appreciating Art

    Click on Nina's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! After reading the title of this article, you’re probably thinking to yourself - there is no true virtuosity to appreciating the art found in a museum or gallery. You may be right, or wrong, but there is some truth… Read More...
  • 8.5.Slide

    5 Inspirational YouTubers Giving Voice to Overcoming Challenges

    Click on Nina's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! On YouTube, there are more and more channels run by women bringing awareness to normative societal issues than ever before. As a social media platform, Youtube has been used by men and women alike to voice their… Read More...
  • 7.28.Slide.1

    Manus x Machina: bSmart Goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Click on Nina's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! On June 17, a gorgeous, sunny day in New York City, bSmart CEO Meagan Hooper and the New York City interns enjoyed a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to visit the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of… Read More...
  • 5.10.Slide

    The Hamilton Experience: Reclaiming the American Dream

    Click on Averi's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! The Hamilton Experience It was January 2015 when I first saw Playbill’s announcement for a new show in previews: ‘Tony-winning In the Heights composer Lin-Manuel Miranda’s newest hip-hop flavored musical Hamilton… Read More...
  • 5.6.Slide

    Gilmore Girls Revival and The Impact of Women Empowering Women

    Click on Gabriella's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! A truly one-of-a-kind, quick-witted dram-com that first aired in 2000, Gilmore Girls is more relevant than ever, even after 16 years. The show centers on Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a dynamic mother-daughter duo… Read More...
  • 5.2.Slide

    A Beautiful Planet: A Cinematic Call To Action

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! A Piece of The Whole It’s rather easy, in the midst of this hubbub of a city, to forget that I am a crucial piece of a universal greatness. I am a part of something complex, balanced, and beautiful. I, along with… Read More...
  • 4.15.Slide

    Why We Shouldn't Shame Kim Kardashian's Nude Selfie

    Click on Meghan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Breaking the Internet once wasn’t enough for Kim Kardashian. Thirteen weeks after her having her second child, Kim K. posted a censored nude selfie on her Instagram account for all of her 65 million+ followers to… Read More...
  • 4.7.Slide

    Stand-Up Comedian Whitney Cummings Paves The Way For Future Funny Women

    Click on Anna's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! It's impossible to ignore Whitney Cummings’s tenacity in making her way as a stand-up comedian and executive producer. Her focus on issues such as sexuality, gender politics, and relationships, within her routines,… Read More...
  • 3.25.Slide.2

    #FreeKesha and the Current State of The Songstress' Legal War

    Click on Mollie's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! In recent months, it’s almost impossible to open a magazine, turn on the news or check Twitter without seeing something about the 28-year-old singer named Kesha Rose Sebert, known to most as simply Kesha. Kesha… Read More...
  • 3.24.Slide.1.b

    bSmart Reads: Hot Girl and the Woman Behind the Words

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I have a huge crush on Misha Lambert. As she sits across from me, halfway between midtown and Brooklyn, in a quaint but in this moment, solely ours, coffee shop, I count myself lucky. Misha Lambert — you’re going… Read More...
  • 3.16.Slide

    Netflix's 'Love' Shatters the 'Cool Girl' Stereotype

    Click on Gabriella's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! The infamous and ever-elusive ‘cool girl’ trope has been dominant in our society and across the scope of modern media for too long. The ‘cool girl’ is best described by Gillian Flynn, in her best-selling novel… Read More...
  • 3.8.Slide

    Carpool Karaoke Craze: Women We Wish James Corden Would Feature

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! My favorite memories from within the magical expanse of my childhood are the many trips my twin sister and I adventured upon to visit my grandparents in Columbia, SC. They lived near a golf course, and between the… Read More...
  • 2.23.Slide

    Galactic Girl Power: Women to Watch from The Force Awakens

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Growing up, I was not a cool kid. Far from it actually. While other 90s girls were shopping at Limited Too, talking about which member of ‘N Sync was ‘going places’, and reliving the magic of the Lizzie Maguire… Read More...
  • 2.16.G.Slide

    2016 Grammy Wins for Women and Who Dressed Best for the Biggest Night in Music

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Going for Grammy Gold Whether you’re a pop culture junkie or you don’t know Kim from Khloe or Khloe from Kim, the 2016 Grammy Awards were held last night, and between the spectacle of the broadcast and of course,… Read More...
  • 2.12.Slide

    The Single Girl Playlist: Your Key to Surviving and Thriving on Valentine's Day

    Click on Alex's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Ah yes, Valentine’s Day is back. Of all the days to wallow in self-pity, Valentine’s Day is by far my favorite. As if the constant flood of fluffy teddy bears and pink and red heart-shaped chocolate boxes lining the… Read More...
  • 2.9.Slide

    Rey Shines Light on a New Wave of Feminist Protagonists

    Click on Gabriella's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! When I was young, I remember watching several of the Star Wars movies with my dad. I wouldn’t say it was my favorite series, I definitely preferred the Disney Princess movies. (I was six, ok?) Regardless, this… Read More...
  • 1.13.Slide

    The Empowering Women to Watch at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards

    Click on Mina''s picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! The 58th Annual Grammy Awards are fast approaching, and anticipation of this star-studded event is building, especially for the nominees. This year's event is slated to take place on February 15, 2016. While there… Read More...
  • 1.11.Slide

    How Aziz Ansari Masterfully Addresses Sexism

    Click on Mellie's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! A wave of déjà vu washed over me while watching Master of None. I immediately noticed that the Netflix Original series features a fair amount of recycled material from Ansari’s most recent stand-up special, ‘Live… Read More...
  • 11.30.Slide

    Jennifer Lawrence: Finding Joy in Career, Candidness, and Fair Compensation

    Click on Gabriella's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! We have fallen in love with Jennifer Lawrence not only because of her talent as an actress, but also for her candid personality. From unapologetically photobombing fellow celebrities at the Golden Globes and… Read More...
  • 11.24.Slide

    Master of Comedy: Why Aziz Ansari’s New Show is Immediately Binge-worthy

    Click on Shannon's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! As a rule of thumb, journalists are supposed to omit bias from their writing. That’s why I’m a columnist: I love articulating my opinions. Particularly, I am a diehard, OG Aziz Ansari fan from the days when he… Read More...
  • 10.26.Slide.1

    Activism in Action: How Awareness and Community Impact the Cycle of Crime

    Click on Shannon's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! ‘Our prison system shines a light in general about how our society marginalizes people.’ – Piper Kerman, the University of Michigan 2015 Vivian R. Shaw Lecturer, Department of Women’s Studies Today, I put myself… Read More...
  • 10.21.Slide.1

    Need a Mid-Week Pick-Me-Up? Listen to the #bSmartGirlsRunTheWorld Playlist!

    Click on Sarah's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Even if I’m armed with all the coffee in the world, I can’t seem to avoid feeling a little burnt out by midweek (or even late Monday afternoon, let’s be honest). When an inevitable slump in energy hits, I turn to… Read More...
  • 10.19.Slide.1

    Mindy Kaling: The New Face of Hollywood's 'It Girl'

    Click on Meerabelle's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! In the eyes of the many media publications that are fixed on her, Mindy Kaling is often portrayed as the ‘best friend’ or ‘cool older sister.’ She’s an ‘it-girl,’ an ‘unlikely leading lady.’ She’s all this… Read More...
  • 10.9.Slide

    Dear Kim Davis: Gay Rights in America

    Click on Mollie's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Dear Kim Davis, Hello, my name is Mollie Cahillane and I’m a junior at Northwestern University. I’m writing to you in regards to your recent refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. As a queer… Read More...
  • 10.9.Slide.b

    Taylor Swift's Bad Blood + Creating Your Posse of Badass Gal Pals

    Click on Caitlin's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! It came as no surprise that Taylor Swift and her perfect posse of gal pals snatched the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year for Swift’s hit ‘Bad Blood.’ Leather clad and fierce as ever, this sisterhood is… Read More...
  • 10.7.Slide

    Emmy Winner Viola Davis on Creating Opportunity for Women of Color

    Click on Sydney's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Last Sunday, Viola Davis won the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and was the first African-American to achieve the honor. She accepted her award in classic Viola Davis fashion - with humility and… Read More...
  • 9.16.Culture.Slide.1

    3 Female Artists Who Made Their Musical Mark On Their Own Terms

    Click on Samantha's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! As a second-rate singer, I can only imagine how euphoric it would be to hear my own song on the radio. I suspect it not only comes with intense exposure, but the feeling of validation and credibility in the… Read More...
  • Lenny: Feminism, Friendship, and Everything in Between

    Click on Caroline's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Emmy-nominated TV producer Lena Dunham is adding another project to her already impressive resume. This fall, Dunham is teaming up with Girls showrunner, Jenni Konner, to produce Lenny – a weekly email… Read More...
  • S.8.24.Slide.2

    I’m With the Band: Old School Artists for Modern Day Girls

    Click on Shannon's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I’ve been ‘with the band’ since I was in the first grade. And by the band, I mean my dad’s 70’s/80’s rock cover band – Palo Alto’s Battle of the Bands winners three years running – the Wildcats (the trophy is… Read More...
  • Watch Fox Build a New Empire for Race, Gender, and Sexual Identity

    Click on Caroline's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! As one of the top-rated shows on television, Fox’s Empire has become a serious popular culture phenomenon. From its uniquely talented cast and crew to its celebration of creative expression and individuality,… Read More...
  • bSmart 2015 Summer Music Festival Tour

    Click on Molly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Festival season is upon us and if you haven’t made it to one yet, we’ve created the bSmart list of noteworthy music festivals you need to attend this summer. No matter your taste in music, you'll find musical… Read More...
  • What Color is #TheDress?!

    Click on Mandy's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! 'From now on there will be two types of people: White and Gold or Blue and Black' - Ellen Degeneres We learned the true power of the Internet Thursday when a few llamas crossing a road united us, and the color of a… Read More...
  • Rhimes with Success: The Career Path of the Storyteller of Our Times

    Click on Caroline's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder are taking Thursday night television by storm, and the woman behind all of this beautiful madness is Shonda Rhimes. One of TIME’s Most Influential People,… Read More...
  • The Golden Globes And A Call to Action for Millennial Female Directors

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! It’s the morning after…the morning after the Golden Globes, that is, and the internet is hot with praise and criticism directed at last night’s broadcast. From the glittering gowns to the quick quips of Tina Fey… Read More...
  • From Controversy to Call to Action: Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! ‘There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman. As hard as we have worked and as far as we have come, there are still… Read More...
  • 10 Reasons Why Reese Witherspoon Is My Spirit Animal

    Click on Lauren's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Reese Witherspoon truly seems to have it all: class, grace, humor, and smarts - not to mention talent (both on screen and behind the camera). She’s definitely my spirit animal and by the time you get done reading… Read More...
  • The Grant Access: Turning Passion into Purpose + Events into Experiences

    Click on Lauren's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Somewhere in Harlem on a random Sunday afternoon, I witnessed pure fun. Endless mimosas, exquisite food, great music, beautiful people - an all around great time. I made reservations for a friends’ brunch at The… Read More...
  • Taylor Swift’s 1989: Rebranding, Remaining Relatable and Embracing Empowerment

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Queen of ‘Could’ve’ Taylor Swift is the queen of the ‘could’ve song.’ Come on, you know what I’m talking about! Up until the release of her newest smash album, 1989, her lyrics have been synonymous with the doodles… Read More...
  • Emmy Cheat-Sheet: Women To Watch At the 66th Annual Emmy Awards

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Glitz + Glamour Roll out the red carpet and pop the champagne, cause (as the Washington Post so bitingly phrased it) ‘nothing says television’s most prestigious award show like a Monday night in August…’ It’s the… Read More...
  • Rules of Etiquette: The Art of Kissing

    Rules of Etiquette: The Art of Kissing

    Rules of Etiquette Texans hug. They rarely greet each other with a kiss on the cheek, and a double kiss is considered foreign. So to say 'hello' or 'goodbye' when in Texas, keep it simple, hug. I like the straightforwardness of my home state’s greeting, but New York is more complex. The city is a… Read More...