Is Being A Female Bank Robber A Feminist Act?

Jessica Goldberg | September 29, 2009 - 6:10 pm

In the past week, six banks in New England were robbed. A woman in a hoodie would stroll up to a teller and either pass them a note or tell them that she had a bomb. Sometimes she’d ask for a large amount of money, sometimes just $1000. In none of the robberies did she actually produce a bomb. Yesterday, Connecticut police finally caught up to this robber, 34-year-old Heather Brown. Brown is pretty unique because only 6.2 percent of bank robbers in the U.S. are women. Though that number has swelled from 4.9 percent in 2002. So, is she doing this as a feminist act? Because of Brown’s gender and the small sums of money she generally took, people are pretty fascinated by her. One internet rumor has it that Brown was giving away the money she stole to the poor. If she’s a modern Robin Hood, I think I smell a little bit of a girl crush coming on. Well, maybe not in that hoodie. [CNN]