b. 12 November 1968
Kathleen Hanna, a New York–based musician and feminist, said of the origins of her 1990s punk band, Bikini Kill: ‘I wanted to make something that I wanted to hear that I wasn’t hearing.’ In doing so, she inspired thousands of women to become involved in the popular-music scene. Through the Riot Grrrl movement, she and her contemporaries challenged the male-dominated world of pop music by talking about their own lives and aspirations. Kathleen has continued her groundbreaking activities with her later bands — Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin — and by making art, and talking and writing about her ideas.