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Kathleen Hanna

Musician & Feminist Activist

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Musician and feminist Kathleen Hanna channeled her early feminist leaning into her music career with bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, which gave her a platform to help spark and perpetuate the underground feminist punk rock movement, Riot Grrrl.

Kathleen's Biography

Young Feminist: Went to Solidarity Day in D.C. with mother and heard Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug speak.
Riot Grrrl's Origins: Went to Bratmobile's Molly Neuman's father's office in the middle of the night and used his Xerox machine.
Type A or Easy-going:Type A
Patient or Impatient:"I'm working on that one through yoga, but impatient."

Kathleen Hanna is a New York City-based artist, best known for her groundbreaking performances as a member of the feminist 90′s punk band, Bikini Kill, and her more recent multimedia group, Le Tigre. In 1991, Hanna collaborated with other feminist punk rockers on the fanzine Riot Grrrl, which called for increased feminist activity in the punk rock scene and led to the Riot grrrl underground feminist punk rock movement. Hanna is currently making art, giving lectures and writing a new album with her band ‘The Julie Ruin’.

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