Kathleen Hanna

b. 12 November 1968

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Kathleen Hanna, a New York–based musician and feminist, said of the origins of her 1990s punk band, Bikini Kill: ‘I wanted to make something that I wanted to hear that I wasn’t hearing.’ In doing so, she inspired thousands of women to become involved in the popular-music scene. Through the Riot Grrrl movement, she and her contemporaries challenged the male-dominated world of pop music by talking about their own lives and aspirations. Kathleen has continued her groundbreaking activities with her later bands — Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin — and by making art, and talking and writing about her ideas. 

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Want to know more? Of course you do.

Read this interview with Kathleen, on Tavi Gevinson's website Rookie, which is a great introduction to what she's doing now.

Then get your hands on The Punk Singer,  a recent documentary film about Kathleen's life and role in the Riot Grrrl movement.