Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston has proclaimed 4/9 “Riot Grrrl Day” in honor of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and the Julie Ruin front-woman Kathleen Hanna. Hanna will be performing and lecturing at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston’s theater district tomorrow, and she will be introduced by Joyce Linehan, who is Mayor Walsh’s chief of policy and has known Hanna for decades. Linehan told Boston Magazine that Hanna used to stay at her house when Bikini Kill was on tour. In the article, it’s insinuated that Linehan was the catalyst behind this proclamation, which was adapted from Hanna’s Riot Grrrl 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.
Read Boston’s article about the proclamation here.