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A trip to India's first community-owned feminist library in Mumbai

Artist-activist Aqui Thami shares its journey

Sister Library
Sister Library

As a student of literature, I used to find it strange that most of the texts we studied were written by white, upper class men who together formed the literary “canon” that feminists have been trying to subvert for decades. For those of us interested in reading more women, there was a separate (not to mention optional) subject called “women’s studies”.  So it was with a mix of curiosity and excitement that I attended the opening of Sister Library, India’s first feminist library, this month in Mumbai.  Its creator, artist-activist Aqui ...