Print politics: Conflict and community-building at Toronto's Women's Press

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Niedzwiecki, Thaba
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University of Guelph

This thesis is an investigation into the intersection of print and politics at Toronto's Women's Press, which was the first women-run feminist publishing house in Canada when founded in 1972. Through their textual output and organizational practices, the Press functioned as a locus for challenge and change both inside and outside the feminist community. By analyzing the Press's history, and one of its most lucrative publications, the Everywoman's Almanacs, I seek to provide a case study that addresses the questions raised by actively political publishing. I consider the work of the Press in the multiple contexts of publishing history, evolving feminist politics, the debates and organizational structures informing Women's Press productions, and the genre characteristics of the Almanacs themselves. I conclude that feminist collectivity, anti-racism, and community representation enact slippage that challenges a simplistic understanding of the phrase, "the freedom of the press belongs to those who control the press."

print politics, Toronto's Women's Press, conflict, community building, publishing house