The Mayor of Boston has proclaimed April 9 as Riot Grrrl Day.
Boston Magazine reports that Mayor Marty Walsh will honour the arrival of Bikini Kill and The Julie Ruin’s frontwoman Kathleen Hanna – who will visit the city tomorrow (April 9) to speak and perform at Wilbur Theatre – with the newly announced celebration. Chief of Policy Joyce Linehan will present her friend Hanna with the honour.
Signed by the Mayor, the proclamation has been adapted from Hanna’s Riot Grrrl Manifesto and partially reads: “The riot grrrl philosophy has never felt more relevant, with misogyny still rampant in many cultural spaces… Riot grrrls redefine the language used against them and continue to fight the newest incarnations of patriarchy. In doing so, they ironically confirm one ex-congressman’s accidental wisdom: ‘the female body has ways to try to shut that down.’ It sure does: women’s voices telling their stories can shut that down.”
Last year The Julie Ruin cancelled their European dates as Hanna suffered a relapse of Lyme Disease. Hanna has suffered from the chronic condition since 2005, leaving the band Le Tigre that year because of health issues which were later diagnosed as due to the condition.
However, The Julie Ruin will travel to the UK for a run of shows next month before appearing at Primavera Sound in Barcelona. They will play:
Leeds Brudenell Social Club (May 23)
Brighton Concorde 2 (24)
London Electric Ballroom (26)
The Julie Ruin released their debut album ‘Run Fast’ in 2013. Hanna then wrote a blog post for NME.COM in which she discussed the controversy surrounding Default Genders – her musical project with James Brooks – and their song ‘On Fraternity’. The track seemingly imagines the threat of rape on the street from a woman’s perspective.