Kathleen Hanna is a New York City-based artist, musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer. She is best known for her groundbreaking performances as a member of the feminist 90′s punk band, Bikini Kill, and her more recent multimedia group, Le Tigre.
Hanna recently spoke to MAKERS. MAKERS is a digital and video storytelling platform that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled. Through original interviews, MAKERS brings together well-known figures such as Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Oprah Winfrey, with the trailblazers that need to be known such as Christy Haubegger, the founder of Latina Magazine and Kathrine Switzer, the first women to run the Boston Marathon.
Kathleen Hanna – Women Who Make America
On another note, at the begin of August Hanna entered into a social dialog with Miley Cyrus. It all began when Miley paid respect to Hanna on Instagram – she posted two photos of the Bikini Kill singer accompanied by the captions “girls rule” and coolest ever”. Clearly enamoured with the posts, Hanna responded not only to thank Cyrus, but to suggest that they make a record together.
Hey @MileyCyrus so sweet you posted pics of me…have an idea for an album that only you are daring enough to make .
— Kathleen Hanna (@kathleenhanna) August 4, 2014
Last year year, Cyrus described herself as “one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything”. Hanna backed Cyrus’s feminist credentials in an interview with Tiny Mix Tapes, saying:
“I’m glad the word ‘feminist’ is being talked about and that influential pop stars are bringing up this conversation. If she says she’s a feminist, then who I am to stop her? I’m not the feminist police.”