GUEST: Kristen Hogan, Education Program Coordinator for the University of Texas Gender and Sexuality Center, worked at BookWoman in Austin and the Toronto Women's Bookstore. Her new book is called The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability
BACKGROUND: One of the most important outcomes of second wave feminism were brick-and-mortar institutions that emerged around the US and world. Those institutions were bookstores. A wave of feminist bookstores that sprouted up in the 1970s through the 1990s created a network of spaces for women, feminists, and LGBT folks that were centers of organizing, community, safety, discourse, and also of course, platforms for feminist authors, thinkers, and artists. Sadly, many of these feminist bookstores have disappeared, going the way of independent bookstores in general.