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Feminist Revolution in Literacy : Women's Bookstores in the United States - Junko Onosaka

Feminist Revolution in Literacy

Women's Bookstores in the United States

Hardcover Published: 9th June 2006
ISBN: 9780415975964
Number Of Pages: 285

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This book examines the history of women's bookstores in the US from the 1970s to the 1990s. "Women's bookstores" (synonymously called "feminist bookstores") refers to bookstores operated by and for women, the number of which reached over 100 by the early 1990s. Such bookstores emerged out of the second women's movement as well as the lesbian and gay rights movement. This book establishes that women's bookstores played an important role in feminism by enabling the dissemination of women's voices and thereby helping to sustain and enrich the women's movement. The crucial step toward the development of women's bookstores started with the first national Women In Print Conference in 1976. As an important part of the feminist publishing community, it gathered strength centered around the periodical Feminist Bookstore News, a fruit of the conference. It emphasized the ecosystem of the feminist publishing community and the importance of networking. Numerous feminists, especially lesbian feminists, were dedicatednot only to carrying women's works, but also to offering or organizing political, cultural and educational programs and events. In doing so, women's bookstores improved women's literacy-abilities to read, write, publish, and distribute women's voices and visions-and helped women to instigate a feminist revolution in literacy.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Days When We Had No Women's Bookstoresp. 9
The Birth of Women's Bookstoresp. 25
Women's Bookstores in the 1970s: Lesbian Feminists and Feminist Bookstore Newsp. 45
Women's Bookstores in the 1980s Part I: Backlash and Challengep. 69
Women's Bookstores in the 1980s Part II: Conflicts and Growth Beyond Backlashp. 93
More Than a Bookstore: Books and Visionsp. 117
Women's Bookstores in the 1990sp. 137
Conclusionp. 157
List of Archival Collectionp. 165
Interviewsp. 167
A List of Bookstores That Conducted Surveys and Observations of Customers and Workersp. 169
A List of Questionnaires to Customers and Workersp. 171
Women's Bookstores (2005)p. 175
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780415975964
ISBN-10: 0415975964
Series: Studies in American Popular History and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 285
Published: 9th June 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 16.05  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1