Boston Mayor Proclaims Official ‘Riot Grrrl Day’ In Honor Of Kathleen Hanna (VIDEOS)


That’s that – Thursday is officially “Riot Grrrl Day” in Boston. NME.com reports that Mayor Marty Walsh named the day, Wednesday, in honor of Kathleen Hanna, member of badass feminist punk groups Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin, and Le Tigre.

You can check out a great sample of Le Tigre below:

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Hanna will receive her honor in person, Thursday night, during a performance by The Julie Ruin at the Wilbur Theater, when she will be officially introduced by Chief of Policy for Boston, Joyce Linehan.

Boston.com reports that Linehan has known Hanna for twenty years, since Linehan used to work as a manager and promoter at Sub Pop, a fantastic indie record label adored by many.

Walsh was moved to honor Hanna with the proclamation in part due to her “Riot Grrrl Manifesto,” according to Boston.com. Hanna, in part, writes in the manifesto:

The riot grrrl philosophy has never felt more relevant, with misogyny still rampant in many cultural spaces… Riot grrrls redefine the language used against them and continue to fight the newest incarnations of patriarchy. In doing so, they ironically confirm one ex-congressman’s accidental wisdom: ‘the female body has ways to try to shut that down.’ It sure does: women’s voices telling their stories can shut that down.

This isn’t the first time Mayor Walsh has been moved by good rock and roll, either. In 2013, when Walsh was still a state representative, he attempted to designate the official state rock song of Massachusetts as The Modern Lovers’ “Roadrunner,” but the effort failed.

You can watch a bit of The Julie Ruin below, thanks to Pitchfork.tv’s”=1”:

H/T: pitchfork.com | Featured image: via Flickr and Flickr

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