The concept of this weekend’s Ladyfest — Cincinnati’s iteration of the interdisciplinary fest promoting women involved in arts and
activism — began in Olympia, Wash., in the summer of 2000 as a six-day
festival of female bands, artists and speakers. Back then, calling
oneself a feminist was not as fashionable as it is now, thanks in part
to more mainstream female celebrities like Beyoncé, Amber Rose and Taylor Swift, who have owned the F-word in years since.