In the midst of Olympia’s music scene during the early 1990’s, Kathleen Hanna formed a feminist punk band that was characterized by profound lyrics and political awareness. Her music and ideas revolved around non-objectification, consent, and self rights–especially to her body and every other woman’s. After watching a documentary on her and her band Bikini Kill, ‘The Punk Singer’, I have spent a countless number of nights blowing out my speakers and screaming “REBEL GIRL, REBEL GIRL, REBEL GIRL YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF MY WORLD!” to the mirror and into a hair brush. That’s what Kathleen Hanna and her documentary will do to you, there is something so enormously powerful about a woman rocking out on stage and asking all the ladies in the room to the front. Damn, what a queen.
“I won’t stop talking. I am a girl you have no control over. There is not a gag big enough to handle this mouth.” Kathleen Hanna
Alongside her were other strong ladies who had enough of societal bullshit. They were a group of independent women who were all seeking one thing in common, and that was to bring feminism back. Below is a set I embroidered containing fierce lines from robust, badass ladies. Featuring: Patti Smith, Bikini Kill, Sonic Youth and Sleater Kinney.
First, here is a playlist including all of the songs referenced in this set + more from badass babes. Featuring: One of the most striking and powerful voices of the 1960’s Ronnie Spector to La Luz, a super talented all-girl group formed in 2012 making a great sound that’ll make you want to head to the beach and hit the waves while wearing a leather jacket. Get ready to shake all your parts.