“We are not superwomen”: Navigating Finances, Identity Politics, and Vision of a Feminist Press

Introduction to Documents 1 and 2: “Unbusinesslike” Conduct   |   Document 1      |     Document 2
Introduction to Documents 3 and 4    |     Document 3: Feminist Publishing Ethics    |     Document 4: Women in Print Publishing Accords
Document 5: Feminist Publishing Proposal From Ruth to Barbara
Introduction to Documents 6, 7, and 8: Seal Books   |    Document 6     |    Document 7     |     Document 8
Document 9: Women Who Dared    |     Document 10: “Cheat to Eat”
Introduction to Documents 11 and 12: Hate Mail      |     Document 11       |    Document 12
Document 13: Outreach to Women of Color        |       Document 14: Letter to Angela Davis      |     Document 15: Letter from Audre Lorde      |    Document 16: “No More ‘Social Problems’ Projects”


Oberlin College Special Collections:

Series I, Box 1, Seal Press, Oberlin College Special Collections.

Series I, Box 6, Seal Press, Oberlin College Special Collections.

Series I, Box 9, Seal Press, Oberlin College Special Collections.

Series II, Box 1, Seal Press, Oberlin College Special Collections.

Seal Press Books in Oberlin College Special Collections:

Backbone 3: Essays, Interviews and Photographs by Northwest Women. Seattle: Seal Press, 1981. Oberlin College Special Collections.

NiCarthy, Ginny. Getting Free. Seattle: Seal Press, 1982. Oberlin College Special Collections.

Wilson, Barbara. Murder in the Collective. Seattle: Seal Press, 1984. Oberlin College Special Collections.

Wilson, Barbara. The Dog Collar Murders. Seattle: Seal Press, 1989. Oberlin College Special Collections.

White, Evelyn C. Black Women’s Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves. Seattle: Seal Press, 1990. Oberlin College Special Collections.

Secondary Sources:

Aschenbrenner, Joyce. Katherine Dunham: Dancing a Life. Chicago and Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Bell-Scott, Patricia. Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.

Conlon, Faith, Rachel da Silva, and Barbara Wilson, ed. The Things That Divide Us: Stories by Women. Seattle: Seal Press, 1985.

Dececco, John L. Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context. New York: Harrington Park Press, 2002.

Alexis de Veaux, Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004.

Gilley, Jennifer Gilley. “Feminist Publishing/Publishing Feminism: Experimentation in Second-Wave-Book Publishing” in This Is Action ed. Jamie Harker and Cecilia Konchar Farr. Champaign: University of Illinois, 2016.

Lorde, Audre. A Burst of Light. Ithaca, New York: Firebrand Books, 1988.

Lorde, Audre. Our Dead Behind Us. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 1986.

Murray, Simone. “Collective Unconscious: The Demise of Radical Feminist Publishing” in Mixed Media: Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics. London: Pluto Press, 2004.

Sjoholm, Barbara. “She Who Owns the Press: the Physical World of Early Feminist Publishing,” in Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century, ed. Liz Bly and Kelley Wooten. California: Litwen Books: 2012.

Smith, Barbara Smith. “A Press of Our Own Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press,” in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. Vol. 10, No. 3. Women and Words (1989).

Smith, Barbara Smith. Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology. New York: Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1983.

Valverde, Mariana. Sex, Power and Pleasure. Philadelphia, PA: New Society, 1987.

Wilson, Elizabeth. “‘Between Pleasure and Danger’: The Barnard Conference on Sexuality,” in Feminist Review. No. 13 (Spring, 1983).


“About Us: WCSC’s History,” Women’s Coalition of St. Croix. Accessed 1 July 2016. http://wcstx.org/about-us

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Mayeri, Serena K. “Two Women, Two Histories: A feminist, an antifeminist, and their exercise of power.” Harvard Magazine. November-December 2007. Accessed 28 June 2016. http://harvardmagazine.com/2007/11/two-women-two-histories.html

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“Sojourner (Cambridge, Mass.). Records of Sojourner, 1920-2004 (inclusive), 1975-2002 (bulk): A Finding Aid,” last modified April 2009, http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/~sch01237  

“The Power of Women’s Voices.” Sophia Smith Collection: Women’s History Archives at Smith College. Smith College. Accessed 13 July 2016. https://www.smith.edu/library/libs/ssc/pwv/pwv-ross.html

Warren, Charmaine Patricia with Suzanne Youngerman. “I See America Dancing”: The History of American Modern Dance.” Brooklyn Academy of Music, DanceMotion USA, and US Department of State. Accessed 24 June 2016. http://www.dancemotionusa.org/media/30147/28961_dmsua_4_letters_v3_final_modern.pdf

Women’s Resource Center, YMCA of Yakima: Eliminating Racism Empowering Women. Accessed 28 June 2016. http://www.ywcayakima.org/programs/directory.html