'Riot Grrrl Day' Declared in Boston to Honor BAMF Kathleen Hanna

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has declared Thursday, April 9 as “Riot Grrrl” day to honor Kathleen Hanna, Bikini Kill founder, cultural pioneer, and conquering badass. Walsh’s mayoral proclamation praises the “formidable wave” of female musicians, artists and writers who rose up through Riot Grrrl, saying the movement has “never felt more relevant.”

Our new favorite holiday — which we heard about via the AV Club — is time to coincide with Hanna’s visit to Boston, where she’s set to speak at the Wilbur Theatre. According to Vanyaland, she’ll be introduced by Boston’s Chief of Policy Joyce Linehan, who told the site there are “a lot of riot grrrls” at City Hall.

I’m not entirely sure that Mayor Marty was, personally, shouting “Girls to the front” as he deferentially hung back from the pit in 1994, but his proclamation is lovely. Here it is via Boston activist Feministfists:


Yeah. It’s cool as hell. Boston is pretty far, though, so the rest of us can just celebrate the day by rewatching The Punk Singer:

Hanna and the Julie Ruin performing at Fun Fun Fun Fest, November 2013. Photo via AP

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I get that this is cool and everything, but let's not give Marty Walsh a ton of credit for caring about women. In October of 2014, he ordered the evacuation of Long Island in Boston Harbor because the bridge that connects the island to the mainland was deemed unsafe, giving a mere 2 hours notice to the several addiction recovery programs and homeless shelter programs that resided there. In that one act, 70% of women's addiction recovery beds in the City of Boston were eliminated. The City hasn't done anything to help get them back online and we are seeing an increase in women's overdoses in the Commonwealth since the start of 2015. In addition, the City's largest emergency homeless shelter was evacuated from the Island the both homeless men and women are being sheltered in substandard conditions. 100 men's shelter beds have been opened in a fast-tracked new shelter with 350 more to come by summer. Not a single new women's shelter bed has been added. Marty's making the "I care about the ladies" rounds, but he's only accommodating those who are most likely to hit the voting booths.