Lost Password


The 10 Best Female-Fronted Punk HxC Bands

Changing The Face Of Punk Rock

It’s the soundtrack of rebellion


When Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna made her influential call for “girls to the front” in the early ’90s, she aimed to make punk gigs more accessible to the women who were often neglected, rejected, or physically threatened in the scene. It’s no secret that punk rock has always been a boys’ club—and a very exclusive one at that. Since the genre’s inception in the late ’70s, women have often been an afterthought in this community, if they were even thought of at all. That’s not to say that punk—a subculture to which women too have gravitated because of everything it offers in terms of creative and social escape—has never been welcoming to women, but there are outdated values pervading this male-dominated space that continue to affect women and female-identifying individuals today.

La Misma photo by Carlos Garcia

Despite these prevalent issues, something amazing has happened recently in the contemporary punk rock community: Women have not only succeeded in taking up space, but they are also dominating and taking the reins, thus leading the music scene forward. Still, though, it’s not perfect. Music promoters and festival organizers have been known to push back against requests for more femme-fronted acts by arguing that there aren’t enough female musicians to book and feature. Well, there’s no reason to hide behind this excuse any longer, and any justification for not booking more female-fronted acts is completely invalid because of all the amazing acts out there.

TØRSÖ photo by  Oscar Aranda

Need proof? Click here to see a list that details the best and most prominent femme-fronted acts putting in work today. While not totally comprehensive, these bands are a testament to the remarkable fact that women in punk are no longer a rarity, commodity, or a gimmick. The women—especially the women of color—have always been here, will always be here, and are no longer in the shadows of white, hyper-masculine, suburban boys with outdated perceptions of punk.

Mother, wife, small business owner.

Share This Post

Like This Post


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    A mininum rating of 0 is required.
    Please give a rating.
    Thanks for submitting your rating!

    Thanks for submitting your comment!

    Related Posts


    Straight Edge News