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Today is Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of (pardon me, *white) women gaining the right to vote in 1920. We started in Seneca Falls, and now we’re here – 95 years later, fierce and feminist as ever. To celebrate, we’ve compiled fifteen "Suffrage Jams" paying homage not only to the activists who pushed for the 19th Amendment, but to the millions of badass women who have since enjoyed and exercised that right. There’s still room for progress, of course – when it comes to politics, women are a long way from getting fully even. Read More
  I walk into the House of Vans Brooklyn Venue on a Saturday afternoon. A spattering of bass and drums fills the drafty warehouse full of skate ramps, expansive space, and a performance stage. On that stage is Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin. The band is here to kick off their summer tour and they're in the middle of a soundcheck. Hanna greets me with a casual wave that melts away any nerves about speaking with this group of feminist legends.  After they finish up a few songs, everyone filters into the lounge. Read More
A new week is upon us and it's out with the old in with the new. It's time to think big this spring and we have a group of ladies that are a That's why we are so excited to share these awesome Instagram accounts with all of you. Read More
Americans love creating holidays: Grandparents day, Groundhog day, Hellen Keller day... the list goes on. Excuses to celebrate are wonderful cultural exercises that unite everyone involved, and sometimes we even get the day off! Grandparents day isn’t typically a party that’s going to be poppin', but the Mayor of Boston just created an official holiday that is literally all about rocking your socks off. Read More
The beginning of The Punk Singer, a documentary that tells the story of Kathleen Hanna, OG of the Riot Grrrl movement, starts off with Hanna performing a spoken word piece in 1991. She says, “I am your worst nightmare come to life / I’m a girl you can’t shut up.” While far from a nightmare and more like our ultimate feminist wet dream, Hanna speaks the truth in that she definitely hasn’t shut up. The lead singer of Bikini Kill has a lot going on these days and we are pumped to hear more of her voice in 2015. Read More
Although we’re fresh off the new Beyoncé-Nicki collaboration that has quite literally rocked the internet, we may have another duo of fire starters partnering up soon.   A few days ago, Miley Cyrus turned her Instagram into a one day, mini-shrine to one of music’s most prevalent and influential feminists: the one, the only Kathleen Hanna. She threw out a couple pro-Hanna comments, like “coolest ever” and “f*** yeah… #girlsrule”. Read More
I first got stoked on post-punk DC band Priests when I heard “USA (Incantations)” off their EP Tape Two. It’s less of a song than it is a spoken word statement that outlines exactly how our country was wrongly built upon a constitution designed solely by rich, white, landowning men. The narrator recites facts and statistics that demonstrate how the US is built upon a false idea of freedom and fairness, yet popular culture and public education reinforces the opposite sentiment. Priests cleverly dub this “he hit me and it felt like a kiss logic. Read More
  The Julie Ruin has been forced to cancel tour dates on their North American and European tours in the upcoming months due to vocalist Kathleen Hanna’s ongoing fight with Lyme Disease. The singer first opened up to SPIN Magazine last year about her experience battling the disease, which required her to wear an internal IV inside her arm to more effectively deliver medicine closer to her heart. Hanna’s current treatment will take three months, according to a press release, and requires her to stay in one place. Read More
Don't lie – "Rebel Girl" was an important part of the soundtrack at your angriest teenage sleepover. Le Tigre helped initiate that tenacious (and in retrospect, highly dubious) clubbing phase. And now, some twentysomething years down the road, you're digging The Julie Ruin. You've gotten older, sure – but has Kathleen Hanna? I don't think so! In addition to retaining her particular knack re: wearing-the-hell-out-of-a-printed-shift, Ms. Hanna's latest punk rock endeavor, The Julie Ruin, continues to churn out the hits. Read More
  Flavorwire delivers a healthy dose of diversity with its spot-on list of the Most Fascinating People of 2013. An inspiring reminder that game-changers still exist within the mainstream, the list includes sub cultural icons such as riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna and barrier-defying Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox.   The list feels fresh and evokes a universal sense of gratitude for this year’s trail blazing artists. With all the media attention that surrounds celebrities, take a moment to appreciate the work of budding feminist Lorde. Read More
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