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Boston mayor declares April 9 'Riot Grrrl Day'

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has proclaimed April 9 “Riot Grrrl Day” to honor Kathleen Hanna—frontwoman of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and Julie Ruin, activist, and original riot grrrl. In celebration, Hanna will perform and lecture at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston’s theater district. In reference to Hanna, the proclamation read in part, “Girls need to see other girls picking up drumsticks, basses, and microphones. They need to see other girls picking up paintbrushes and pens, and telling their stories. Loudly.” 

Before her performance, she’ll be introduced by Boston’s chief of policy, Joyce Linehan, with whom Hanna would stay when Bikini Kill were on tour.

“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,” Linehan said in an interview with Boston Magazine. “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.”