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Onlywomen Press (briefly known as The Women's Press[1][2]) was a feminist press based in London. It was the only feminist press to be founded by out lesbians, Lilian Mohin, Sheila Shulman, and Deborah Hart.[1] It commenced publishing in 1974 and was one of five notably active feminist publishers in the 1990s.[3][4][5]

Onlywomen Press
StatusDefunct (2010)
Founded1974; 45 years ago (1974)
FoundersLilian Mohin, Sheila Shulman, and Deborah Hart
Country of originEngland
Headquarters locationLondon
Publication typesBooks, pamphlets
Nonfiction topicsLesbian feminism and Feminist literary criticism
Fiction genresFeminist science fiction, Lesbian literature, Feminist poetry

Onlywomen was unique from other British feminist presses because it both printed and published material. This allowed them to control all parts of the "chain of cultural production"[6] and to "subsidize publishing activity"[6] by printing books.

Between 1986 and 1988 it published the journal Gossip: A Journal of Lesbian Feminist Ethics.[7][1]

Writers published in the press often read their work at Gay's the Word.[8]

A number of noted lesbian writers published by Onlywomen Press include Anna Livia, Margaret Sloan-Hunter, Jay Taverner, Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, Sylvia Martin and Sheila Jeffreys.

Its last book, a children's book, was published in 2010.[3]


Works publishedEdit


  • Livia, Anna (1988). Bulldozer Rising. ISBN 9780906500279.
  • Forbes, Caroline (1985). The Needle on Full: Lesbian Feminist Science Fiction. ISBN 978-0906500194.
  • Klepfisz, Irena (1985). Different Enclosures: The Poetry and Prose of Irena Klepfisz. ISBN 9780906500170.
  • Livia, Anna (1986). Incidents Involving Warmth: A Collection of Lesbian Feminist Love Stories.
  • Dorcey, Mary (1989). A Noise from the Woodshed. ISBN 9780906500309.
  • Livia, Anna; Mohin, Lilian (1989). The Pied Piper: Lesbian Feminist Fiction. ISBN 9780906500293.
  • Duncker, Patricia, ed. (1990). In and Out of Time: Lesbian Feminist Fiction. ISBN 9780906500378.
  • Natzler, Caroline (1990). Water Wings. ISBN 9780906500385.
  • Edwards, Nicky (1990). Stealing Time. ISBN 9780906500316.
  • Arrowsmith, Pat (1998). Many Are Called. ISBN 978-0906500590.
  • Dykewomon, Elana (2000). Beyond the Pale: A Novel. ISBN 9780906500637.





  1. ^ a b c Jeffreys, Sheila (2018). The Lesbian Revolution. New York: Routledge. pp. 41–42. ISBN 9781138096578.
  2. ^ Wilson, Anna (3 December 2016). Lesbian History Group -Onlywomen Press 2017. Lesbian History Group. Event occurs at 6:00. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Jeffreys, Sheila (3 December 2016). Lesbian History Group -Onlywomen Press 2017. Lesbian History Group. Event occurs at 0:20. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  4. ^ "WRITERS' WORLD". The Canberra Times. 23 July 1983. p. 14. Retrieved 20 December 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Onlywomen Press; Leeds Revolutionary Feminist Group (1981), Love your enemy? : the debate between heterosexual feminism and political lesbianism, Onlywomen Press, ISBN 978-0-906500-08-8
  6. ^ a b Murray, Simone Elizabeth (1999). MIXED MEDIA:FEMINIST PRESSES AND PUBLISHING POLITICS IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITAIN (PDF) (Thesis). University College London.pages 218-219.
  7. ^ Onlywomen Press (issuing body.) (1986), Gossip : a journal of lesbian feminist ethics, London Onlywomen Press Ltd, ISSN 0268-6627
  8. ^ – 14 September 2011 – Onlywomen Press Reading at Gay's the Word – included: Claire Macquet, Jane Traies, Jan Marsh, Hannah Bradby, Stephanie Dummler, Anna Wilson, Sheila Shulman, Helen Larder, Frances Gapper and Alison Ward, had all written items for the short story collection titled Secret Rushes Publisher: Onlywomen Press Ltd (31 March 2012) ISBN 978-0956105332