Dame Carmen Callil obituary

Publisher who founded Virago, which champions women’s writing and books on feminist topicsThe idea for the feminist publishing company Virago came to Carmen Callil, who has died aged 84, “like the switching on of a lightbulb”. Since the revelation occurred during drinks to mark the first issue of the feminist magazine Spare Rib in 1972, her first inclination was to call it Spare Rib Books. Then she and the journalist Rosie Boycott chanced on the word virago – a heroic, warlike woman – in a book about goddesses. The resulting venture radically expanded the published range of writing by women and transformed the role of women in publishing itself.Virago aimed to provide a mass-market publisher for 52% of the population – women – at a time when they were permitted neither mortgages nor bank loans. Marsha Rowe, a co-founder of Spare Rib, had explained the ideas of the “very serious American feminists” of the 60s to Callil, the magazine’s publicist, whose own feminism had been learned at her mother’s knee. “I never had any time for the bra-burning Daily Mail nonsense because it didn’t include men … The number of men who helped me get Virago off the ground is legion.” Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2022-10-18 13:15:32 UTC ]
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