It was announced today by Boston mayor Marty Walsh that tomorrow, April 9th, is officially declared Riot Grrrl Day in the city of Boston in honor of Kathleen Hanna, seminal punk musician, artist, activist and frontwoman of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, the Julie Ruin. (Not to mention the funniest Walking Dead live-tweeter ever). Boston Magazine reports that Hanna will be presented with the proclamation by Boston's Chief of Policy Joyce Lineham at tomorrow night's Julie Ruin performance at Boston's Wilbur Theatre.
Bikini Kill in Paper, April 1992
Lineham and Hanna go way back, with Lineham having previously worked at Sub Pop and as a show promoter in the '90s.
The format of Walsh's proclamation was adapted from Hanna's Riot Grrrl Manifesto, with a portion reading, "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."