To the Front
Across the country, it appears a cultural sea change is taking place. Sexism in society is getting acknowledged perhaps more than ever, in large part due to the #MeToo movement and activist women who have organized as a result of the 2016 presidential election. It’s unclear what lasting effects might take hold.
For decades, women have been battling to break through the “glass ceilings” in their chosen fields. Females whose identities include an intersection of "minority" designations face increased obstacles when it comes to advancement. To the Front is an NPR Illinois series where we talk with female and nonbinary people about the way their identity intersects with their art and work. The term “girls to the front” is often credited to Kathleen Hanna, front woman for the riot grrl band Bikini Kill. Some bands still use that phrase or a similar one to promote inclusivity and safe spaces. This series was born of that spirit.