TORONTO - An iconic feminist bookstore in Toronto, one of only a handful left in Canada, is in danger of closing.

The board of directors for the Toronto Women's Bookstore says they need $40,000 by January to pay their bills.

They've sent an urgent plea to their patrons for donations.

Board chair Robyn Bourgeois says raising $120,000 would be ideal because it would keep them open for another year.

The store has weathered tough times before -- in 1992, it was nearly destroyed by a firebomb intended for a nearby abortion clinic.

There were more than a dozen feminist bookstores in Canada in the early 1990s -- but only a handful are still in business.

Bourgeois blames tougher competition from big chain stores, rather than a decline in feminism.