Lems, Kristin

​Kristin Lems was a graduate student in 1974 when she led a group of women to create the National Women’s Music Festival, the first ever women’s music festival. In 1978 she released her first album of folksongs and was in constant demand at ERA rallies, women’s conferences and meetings thereafter. She criss-crossed the state of Illinois prior to the crucial ERA vote in 1982. Kristin continues to perform with many luminaries across the U.S. Her music focuses on the themes of women’s equality, racial justice, peace and the environment.