I feel very lucky that Bikini Kill came first. By the time I was playing in Sleater-Kinney, a lot of those early battles — for space, for respect, for recognition within the context of punk and indie music — had already been fought. I felt like we were able to be recognized as a band, not just a ‘female band,’ and that is a luxury that cannot be overstated. There is a certain kind of exhaustion that comes from having to explain and justify one’s existence or participation in an artistic or creative realm. What a privilege it must be to never have to answer the question, ‘How does it feel to be a woman playing music?’ or ‘Why did you choose to be in an all-female band?’ And the people who get there first have to work the hardest. Bikini Kill weren’t the first — they had predecessors and influencers — but they carved, tore, and clawed out a space in music for which I am very grateful.
- Carrie Brownstein, in an oral history of the Bikini Kill EP, as told to Jessica Hopper (via hardtobeasaintinthecity