This chapter identifies women’s centers as the first and most important feminist places that launched the spaces analyzed in the later chapters: bookstores, health clinics, and domestic violence shelters. Of all feminist places, women’s centers were the most important for both the women and the movement. A completely new use of space, they nurtured the formation of yet more places. Women went to centers to find out what a feminist was and figure out whether they qualified. They carried on serious conversations about sexism, racism, and homophobia with other women, or joined a consciousness-raising (C-R) group to explore the relationship between their personal lives and the political economy in which they were enmeshed. Centers were also clearinghouses for finding a doctor, a roommate, a job, or other resources.
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