Hanna, Kathleen, 1968-

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Kathleen Hanna was an early instigator of the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 1990's in both Olympia, Washington and Washington, DC. Along with Allison Wolfe she organized the first Riot Grrrl meeting, collaborated on several early Riot Grrrl zines, and was a major force behind the first Riot Grrrl Convention.

From 1990-1997 she was a member of the most widely recognized "Riot Grrrl Band", Bikini Kill. She co-authored the band's zines, including their 1992 Bikini Kill #2 which used the phrase "Girl Power" for the first time. Bikini Kill toured the states extensively and also played shows in Europe, Japan and Australia.

Her second large scale feminist DIY project was the electronic band Le Tigre which was active from 1999-2006. This band used activism as a jumping-off point for their visually stimulating live shows and their three full-length albums. Le Tigre played everywhere, from Massachussetts to St. Petersburg.

Hanna currently lives in NYC and is active as a musician and lecturer.

From the guide to the Kathleen Hanna Papers, 1988-2010, (© 2012 Fales Library and Special Collections)

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creatorOf Kathleen Hanna Papers, 1988-2010 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Lucy Thane Riot Grrrl Collection, 1993-1995 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Johanna Fateman Riot Grrrl Papers, 1991-2006 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Molly Neuman Riot Grrrl Collection, Bulk, 1988-1996, 1986-2002 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Riot Grrrl Publicity Collection, 1992-1996 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Mr. Lady Archive, 1992-2005 Fales Library & Special Collections
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associatedWith Bikini Kill (Musical group). corporateBody
associatedWith Carland, Tammy Rae person
associatedWith Fateman, Johanna person
associatedWith Le Tigre (Musical group). corporateBody
associatedWith Neuman, Molly person
associatedWith Ruin, Julie, 1968- person
associatedWith Thane, Lucy person
associatedWith Wilson, Kaia person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Olympia (Wash.)
New York (N.Y.)
Washington (D.C.)
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Birth 1968-11-12





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