Yeah, I admit, I loved the Spice Girls, but they sure as hell didn't coin the "GIRL POWER" slogan.
It was actually used in the Bikini Kill feminist zine started by Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox, and Tobi Vail at Evergreen college in Olympia, Washington. In 1990, with the addition of Billy Warren, Hanna, Wilcox, and Vail decided to start a band with the same name as their zine, and pioneered the Riot Grrrl movement. Playing straight and to the fucking point punk rock, Bikini Kill confronted misogyny with their no bullshit lyrics, and unique live shows. Girls were urged to come to the front of the stage, moshers were asked to stay to the side or back, and women were also invited to take the mic and talk about their personal experiences of sexual abuse. Disbanding in 1998, all the members moved onto other projects. Most notably, Hanna went on to front the Electro Punk group Le Tigre, still holding true to her feminist message.
Oh...and for a little side of random trivia, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana was actually inspired by Hanna, who was a friend of Kurt Cobain and spray painted the phrase on his bedroom wall. Apparently Hanna and Courtney Love were long time rivals too, but who hasn't gotten in a fight with Courtney?
Here's a clip of "Sugar" @ Kill Rock Star Records in 1993. Damn I wish I wasn't 5 when this happened...
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