Latinas Are Leading The Riot Grrrl Revival

Mar 01, 2015 at 10:50 AM ET

Our analysis reveals that 6 percent of Riot Grrrl Facebook audience comes from Mexico City, making it home to more online supporters of the feminist punk movement than any other city in the world. It is followed by São Paulo, Brazil and Los Angeles, California, each of which claim 4 percent of Riot Grrrl’s international network.

The Riot Grrrl movement—a combination of music, art, literature and activism—first surfaced in Olympia, Washington during the 1990s. While it declined in America as it moved into its second decade, it continued to grow in Latin America. At this point, the region appears to be home to some of the youngest Riot Grrrls in the world, with around 68 percent under the age of 24. According to student researcher Calla Hummel: “In Brazil the scene has been going strong for 15 years.”

Today, the Riot Grrrl movement is seeing somewhat of a revival with Riot Grrrl LA as its main online hub. The group features numerous Latina leaders and actively collaborates with local Latin communities. The nearby Inland Empire group also includes leaders with Latin heritage.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to clarify the data source.