About Us

The Feminist Bookshop was started in 1974 in Eastwood, a Sydney suburb, by June James and Julia Sugden. They were responding to the surge of interest in the Women’s Liberation Movement and women’s need to find books about ourselves. It was an exciting time of activism and discovery . At the same women were opening health centres, rape crisis centres & refuges. Very quickly the bookshop became an information centre for women, and within a few years moved to inner-west Balmain.

quite an achievement at a time when competition is fierce, and the average small business lasts just a few years! Too many women’s bookshops around the world have closed down in recent years, as well as many independent bookshops.
We feel very proud to still be here, and thank you for your support.