All Riot Grrrl’s to the front: Mayor Walsh has officially proclaimed tomorrow ‘Riot Grrrl Day’ in Boston to honor Kathleen Hanna and her activism in the punk rock feminist movement.
The proclamation is “inspired by and in part adapted from” the original Riot Grrrl manifesto Hanna wrote for the Bikini Kill fanzine, ‘Girl Power,’ and focuses on issues like reproductive rights, equal pay and free creative expression. You can see the full proclamation above, signed by Mayor Walsh.
It reads, in part, “Even in 2015, a woman cannot safely assume that her legal right to her own reproductive health will go unchallenged, and so many public and private policies continue to silence female survivors of violence.”
It also highlights the need for creative feminist icons like Hanna, stating, “Our young women can’t be what they can’t see. 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.”
This call-to-action seeks to address the systemic problems women still face and to “inspire grrrls everywhere to shake up the status quo and create.” Hanna will be presented with the proclamation tomorrow night during her appearance at the Wilbur Theater where she will talk about feminism, the ‘90s and overcoming an illness.