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Women in Print
Location: 262-1070 Broadway West , Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; also for a time at 3566 4th Avenue West
Closed: September 2005
From a piece by Kim Snowden published in thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory & culture:
So, it is with a heavy heart that I write that Women In Print closed her doors in September 2005 after 12 years. I am heartbroken that my favourite bookstore will no longer be there. I feel very sad that the last women's bookstore in British Columbia has closed. And, I feel angry that, while we had a large amount of regular and loyal supporters, most people don't feel the need to support a feminist bookstore and don't understand its purpose. As Louise and Carol said in their letter to our customers announcing our closing – when Women In Print opened 12 years ago there was still a thriving feminist community in Vancouver. Now, supporters of feminist enterprises, and those still struggling with feminist organizations and businesses, are few and far between. Our resources are stretched to their fullest, our energy is sapped and our morale is low. While we still think it's worth it – we simply can't make it work if the average person sees us but keeps walking on by. Feminism is becoming part of our culture's visible invisibility – you know it's there but you don't really understand why – so you choose to ignore it. The perception that feminism is no longer necessary or valuable is one that makes me angry and so disappointed – it is part of the reason that Women In Print closed, it is part of the reason that there are only a few feminist publishers left, it is part of the reason that feminist jobs are hard to find and that my Ph.D. in Women's Studies may not be worth much in the long run, it is part of the reason that there are only a handful of women's bookstores in North America.
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