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Offsite Event with Chicago Humanities Festival: REBEL GIRL by Kathleen Hanna

Women & Children First is thrilled to partner with the Chicago Humanities Festival to present A Conversation with Kathleen Hanna to celebrate the release of her new memoir, Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk. 


A trailblazing feminist icon, Kathleen Hanna changed the punk scene in the 90's with her bands, Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. This rebel girl is back with her electric, searing memoir that takes us into her tumultuous childhood, her early years on the scene, and her connections with other music icons like Kurt Cobain, Joan Jett, and the Beastie Boys. Join Chicago Humanities with Women & Children First, Chicago's feminist bookstore since 1979, for an evening with the music legend who shares how both the hard and the joyful times fuel her revolutionary art and music.

A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Peace Sisters, an organization Kathleen Hanna is an ambassador and advocate for.

This event will feature a conversation between Kathleen Hanna and a moderator. For the health and safety of all, there will not be a book signing at this event. An event ticket includes an unsigned copy of Rebel Girl. 

About Rebel Girl: 

An electric, searing memoir by the original rebel girl and legendary front woman of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre.

Hey girlfriend I got a proposition goes something like this: Dare ya to do what you want

Kathleen Hanna’s band Bikini Kill embodied the punk scene of the 90s, and today her personal yet feminist lyrics on anthems like “Rebel Girl” and “Double Dare Ya” are more powerful than ever. But where did this transformative voice come from?

In Rebel Girl, Hanna’s raw and insightful new memoir, she takes us from her tumul­tuous childhood to her formative college years and her first shows. As Hanna makes clear, being in a punk “girl band” in those years was not a simple or safe prospect. Male violence and antagonism threatened at every turn, and surviving as a singer who was a lightning rod for controversy took limitless amounts of determination.

But the relationships she developed during those years buoyed her, including with her bandmates Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox, JD Samson, and Johanna Fateman. And her friendships with musicians like Kurt Cobain, Ian MacKaye, Kim Gordon, and Joan Jett reminded her that, despite the odds, the punk world could still nurture and care for its own. Hanna opens up about falling in love with Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys and her debilitating battle with Lyme disease, and she brings us behind the scenes of her musical growth in her bands Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin. She also writes candidly about the Riot Grrrl movement, documenting with love its grassroots origins but critiquing its exclusivity.

In an uncut voice all her own, Hanna reveals the hardest times along with the most joyful—and how they continue to fuel her revolutionary art and music.

Kathleen Hanna is a punk singer, artist, and the front-woman of the influential bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. Hanna is a staple in feminist publications, from college curriculums to bestselling books, and a leading voice in the punk feminist movement. She has been named one of the best live performers of our time, earning acclaim from Rolling Stone, the New York Times, NPRInterview Magazine, V Magazine, Vogue, Entertainment WeeklyBUST MagazineNYLON, and Los Angeles Times, to name a few.

This event is hosted in partnership with Chicago Humanities Society. More information regarding tickets, accessibility, or anything else can be found in their FAQ here.

Please note: tickets for this event must be purchased through Chicago Humanities Society. Purchasing a copy of Rebel Girl from our store does NOT qualify as a ticket for this event. 

Event date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Illinois Institute of Technology - Hermann Hall
3241 S Federal St
Chicago, IL 60616
Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk By Kathleen Hanna Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062825230
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Ecco - May 14th, 2024

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