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Join us for “Music HerStory: Women, Zines, and Punk”

February 28th, 7 pm ET
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Zines are celebrations of self-expression. These unique documents often combine first-person narratives and frank opinion pieces with interviews, reviews, and musings on art, music, and culture. Popular today, zine use was propelled by the riot grrrl movement in the early 1990s. They connected like-minded readers and musicians through writing about women’s issues, perspectives, and experiences. Zines continue to promote community-building and creativity, especially among young women.

In this virtual panel discussion, we’ll explore the history of zines as a grassroots medium, the impact of the riot grrl movement on modern zine creators, and the role libraries and archives play in preserving this material.


  • Allison Wolfe, co-creator of Girl Germs, Bratmobile, and Riot Grrrl
  • Molly Neuman, co-creator of Girl Germs, Bratmobile, and Riot Grrrl
  • Osa Atoe, creator of Shotgun Seamstress
  • Michele Casto, librarian, People’s Archive, DC Public Library

Moderated by Meredith Holmgren, curator of Music HerStory: Women and Music of Social Change


Girl Germs and Riot Grrl zines, on display in Music HerStory: Women and Music of Social Change. Photo by Carolyn Thome, Smithsonian Exhibitions.

This program is part of the exhibition Music HerStory: Women and Music of Social Change, organized by Smithsonian Libraries and Archives and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The exhibition, which is now on view in the National Museum of American History, received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

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