Women in Print Conference

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Women in Print Conference
CountryUnited States
Years active1976, 1981, 1985
Established1976; 47 years ago (1976)

The Women in Print Conference (also the National Women in Print Conference) was a conference of feminist women involved in publishing, including workers from feminist bookstores, in the United States. It was conceptualized by June Arnold[1] and involved networking and workshops.[2]: 118  The conference was held three times: in 1976, 1981 and 1985.[2]: 228 


The first Women in Print Conference was held at a Camp Fire Girls campsite in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1976,[1][3] running from August 29 to September 5 with 132 women attending[4] and representing 80 organizations.[5]: 280  The preparation for it was initiated by novelist and publisher June Arnold, and the attendees came from across the United States.[1] The location was chosen because it was near the center of the country.[5]: 279  Feminist bookstore worker Carol Seajay attended the conference, and it inspired the creation of her trade publication Feminist Bookstore News.[6]

The second Women in Print Conference was held in Washington, D.C., in 1981, and it ran from October 1 through October 4.[2]: 208  At the conference, Barbara Smith announced the formation of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press.[2]: 204  While the first conference had included only white women, this one included about 25 women of color, who thus comprised approximately 10% of the more than 250 attendees. The conference schedule included nearly 60 workshops.[7]

The third Women in Print Conference was held in San Francisco, California, in 1985, running from May 29 to June 1. It was scheduled to take place immediately after a nearby American Booksellers Association conference.[8] About 200 women attended and discussed topics including censorship, working class issues, and lesbian erotica.[9]


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  2. ^ a b c d Enszer, Julie R. (2013). THE WHOLE NAKED TRUTH OF OUR LIVES: LESBIAN-FEMINIST PRINT CULTURE FROM 1969 THROUGH 1989 (Thesis). University of Maryland. hdl:1903/14038.
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  4. ^ Cassell, Kay (September 1976). "WOMEN IN PRINT CONFERENCE" (PDF). Women in Libraries: Newsletter of the ALA/SRRT Task Force on Women. Vol. 6, no. 1. p. 6. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Travis, Trysh (2008). "The Women in Print Movement: History and Implications". Book History. 11: 275–300. ISSN 1098-7371. JSTOR 30227421.
  6. ^ Sullivan, Elizabeth. "Carol Seajay, Old Wives Tales and the Feminist Bookstore Network". FoundSF. Retrieved March 21, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Moira, Fran; Henry, Alice; Sorrel, Lorraine; Kolenc, Sheila; Leonard, Vickie (1981). "women in print". Off Our Backs. 11 (11): 2. ISSN 0030-0071. JSTOR 25774133 – via JSTOR.
  8. ^ Jones, Kay; Kahn, Leslie (November 1984). "Women in Print 1985" (PDF). Women In Libraries: Newsletter of the ALA/SSRT Feminist Task Force. Vol. 14, no. 2. p. 4. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  9. ^ Lootens, Tricia (1985). "Third National Women in Print Conference". Off Our Backs. 15 (8): 8–9, 22–26. ISSN 0030-0071. JSTOR 25775543.