Reflecting on the Toronto Women’s Bookstore
The Toronto Women’s Bookstore (TWB) was always political.
It began in 1973 as some shelves at the Woman’s Place. After sharing space In Kensington, the Toronto Women’s Bookstore moved to its first stand-alone home at 85 Harbord St, early in 1975.
About Rise Up!
Rise Up! is a digital archive of feminist activism in Canada from the 1970s to the 1990s. We were part of a worldwide wave of liberation and anti-oppression movements that won some victories, changed some attitudes, and radically altered the gendered and political landscape.
This site is dedicated to documenting and sharing these histories.
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Rise Up! acknowledges that our work takes place in a context of ongoing colonialism, racism, heteropatriarchy, class inequalities, ableism and other forms of structural violence and oppression.
The material included on this site records resistance to these interlocking oppressions, as well as efforts to create alternatives to harmful social and economic structures. However, we are aware that our archive is incomplete and imperfect. A central goal is to fill these gaps, to highlight histories and voices pushed to the margins, and to do so in the spirit of solidarity and justice. Working with an archive is an engagement with the present just as much as it is with the past. As we undertake our work, we commit ourselves to learning from movements against colonialism and racism, and to engaging in conversations that advance the commitments articulated here.