While at University of Oregon together, Molly Neuman teamed up with Allison Wolfe to create Girl Germs, an influential zine that paved the way for Riot Grrrl. The two released five issues of their zine and documented the forming of their band Bratmobile. The band played their first show on February 14, 1991.
During Spring break of that year, the two travelled to Washington DC. During their stay Jen Smith and Christina Billotte joined the band and they recorded a cassette tape, Bratmobile DC. After the break, Allison and Molly returned to Oregon. Jen Smith kept in touch and wrote to Allison of the riots in Washington in the summer of 1991, saying, "This summer's going to be a girl riot". That phrase would be used by Molly for the creation of the zine riot grrrl, a publication designed to bring together young women with common interests and notify this community of activities and meetings, which would result in the Riot Grrrl movement.