M.I.A. Drummer Kiran Gandhi On What 'The Future Is Female' Really Stands For

Artist and activist Kiran Gandhi (@madamegandhi), the girl who ran a London marathon on her period without a tampon, the girl who played drums during M.I.A's 2013 tour, and the same girl who has been leading the way for feminist confidence and all around badassery, is trending.

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As a graduate of both Georgetown University and Harvard University's School of Business, Kiran has been molding contributions to feminism by being true to herself, sharing theories of modern equality through music, and using her voice to tell her truth about why women are beautiful without social constructs and other patriarchal roles attached to them.

Kiran has been one of the first ones to wear the now wildly popular "The Future Is Female" t-shirt, which is also the title of her first track on her latest album, Voices. The song went viral after the Women's Marches took place across the country. Kiran tells us:

"I love to explain what future is female means. It means to me that we look to the female archetype for alternative forms and styles of leadership.

Right now, we are in a hypermasculine style with Donald Trump setting the example. It's a zero sum game – for one person to win, someone else has to lose. And the world doesn't need to be this way.

To me, future is female means that the world becomes more collaborative and more emotional intelligent literally for our own survival."

Apart from "the future is female" slogan, Kiran attributes a lot of importance to the color yellow. She says it has been very transformative throughout her life as a musician and activist. In Hindi, Kiran's name means "the first ray of sunshine."

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"I think yellow represents the feminine energy because the sun is as life-giving as women are. It’s also gender neutral. It's like rebranding of femininity."

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Since running the London Marathon in 2015, Kiran's activism and bravery have attracted a number of companies to support her mission and raise awareness for women's health and period stigma in developing countries. Period shaming is still a big deal around the world and millions of women still do not have access to the basic hygiene products, like pads and tampons.

Recently, Kiran has partnered and works non-exclusively with a number of different organizations as an ambassador, including MyFlo App, Thinx and Elle Box Co.

Breaking stigmas in our society, whether related to period shaming or other taboos, is something Kiran is ultra-passionate about and aims to do so through the power of intersectional feminism:

"Intersectional feminism means that we as women understand our vast diversity, but we also understand our similarities. It is about identifying core themes that affect all of us and really uniting around them to protect our rights.

One example is menstrual health and hygiene – instead of seeing it as a taboo, we should seek ways to design systems that make it easier for women to be comfortable during our cycles."

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