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Girls to the front! Boston names April 9 Riot Grrrl Day in honour of Kathleen Hanna

Holly Gordon

Boston's mayor, Marty Walsh, has officially declared Thursday, April 9, Riot Grrrl Day in the city, reports the Boston Globe. It’s to coincide with original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna's performance the same night at the Wilbur Theatre.

The Riot Grrrl Day proclamation lists 10 reasons for the occasion, beginning with "The riot grrrls rose up in the early 1990s like a formidable wave — the third wave, in fact — with one combat boot on the shoulders of Patti and Siouxsie, the other combat boot on the shoulders of Gloria and Angela."

Another line: "A $10 Bikini Kill record isn't worth $7.70, and a woman today should not make 23% less than a man."

And ending with: "Our young women can’t be what they can’t see. Girls need to see other girls picking up drumsticks, basses, and microphones. They need to see other girls picking up paintbrushes and pens, and telling their stories. Loudly."

"Kathleen was all about the collective, and it was a real team effort putting this together," Boston's chief of policy, Joyce Linehan, told Vanyaland. "There are a lot of riot grrrls in the building [at City Hall]."

Girls to the front! Read the full proclamation via Vanyaland.

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