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Women Are Taking to the Streets to Save London’s Beloved Feminist Library

Around a hundred women gathered in London on Wednesday to protest the possible eviction of the Feminist Library, one of the most beloved and culturally significant archives of women’s history in the UK. Armed with books written by women and banners to save the library and ‘herstory,’ the protesters took the solitary activity of reading to the streets. According to historians, the Library is essentially irreplaceable.Opened in 1975 in Southwark, south London, the historic archive focuses its efforts on preserving rare materials of the second-wave movement from the late 1960s to the 1990s, with an aim to bridge the gap from the Suffragettes to contemporary feminism.” (via Broadly)

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“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever

It’s a cold afternoon in Elephant and Castle, but the meeting room at the Feminist Library is packed with women. The range of ages is startling: as young children are led in by their father, an older woman is buying the donated Chelsea buns someone has brought along. Inside the library’s meeting room, people are beginning to gather around tables laid out with paper and pens. There’s a good reason for braving the cold, for today the Feminist Library is hosting “Knowledge is our Superpower”, the first in a series of salons celebrating the library’s 40th anniversary. Featuring a comic drawing workshop, a lecture on Batgirl and a panel discussion, the day is themed around a question whose answer is probably, in this setting, an inevitable conclusion: “does feminism need a library?” (via New Statesman)

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One Way For An Indie Bookstore To Last? Put Women ‘First’

“As recently as 25 years ago, there were more than 100 self-described feminist bookstores in the U.S. — stores focusing on books written by and for women. Like most independent bookstores, though, their numbers have dropped dramatically over the years. Chicago’s Women and Children First is among the few feminist stores still standing, and one of the largest. The store opened 34 years ago in 1979. Now, after a long, successful run, the store’s owners say they’re ready to retire — and they’re looking for a buyer to continue the store’s mission.” (via NPR)

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