Kathleen Hanna

Born Nov 12, 1969

Kathleen Hanna is an American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer. In the early- to mid-1990s she was the lead singer and songwriter of Bikini Kill, before fronting Le Tigre in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 1998, Hanna released a solo album under the name Julie Ruin and since 2010 has been working on a project called The Julie Ruin.… Read More

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1968 Birth Born in Portland, Oregon in 1968, Hanna moved with her family to Calverton, Maryland in 1971. … Read More


1991 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1991, the band spent a summer in Washington, D.C., where Hanna began collaborating with Allison Wolfe, Molly Neuman and Jen Smith from the band Bratmobile on the zine Riot grrrl, which became a call to action for increased feminist activity and female involvement in the punk rock scene.


2000 31 Years Old In a 2000 interview with Index Magazine, Hanna related: The first two Bikini Kill EPs were released on CD as The C.D. Version of the First Two Records in 1993. The band released two more full-length albums, Pussy Whipped in 1994 and Reject All American in 1996, and in 1998, Kill Rock Stars released Bikini Kill: The Singles, a collection of the group's seven inch and compilation tracks. Bikini Kill broke up on friendly terms around April 1998. … Read More
2005 36 Years Old Le Tigre is currently on hiatus. Hanna left the band in 2005 due to personal health issues. … Read More
2007 38 Years Old She also taught an art class at NYU's grad school in the Fall 2007 semester and attended interior design classes.


2010 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010, Hanna announced she was rebuilding her 1997 act Julie Ruin, turning it into a full band called "The Julie Ruin" with Kenny Mellman and Kathi Wilcox, and that they would be creating a new record. … Read More
2011 42 Years Old Hanna has opened up on several occasions about her relationship with Planned Parenthood, and spoke of one instance at the 2011 Planned Parenthood “Stand Up for Women’s Health” Rally. … Read More
2013 44 Years Old In The Punk Singer, released in 2013, Hanna revealed that she suffered from Lyme disease for six years before it was correctly diagnosed.
2014 45 Years Old In May 2014, it was announced that Hanna's Lyme disease condition had deteriorated, forcing her to enter a three-month course of treatment and cancel live performances with her band The Julie Ruin.
2015 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2015, Hanna revealed that according to latest tests, she was Lyme-free.
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