Women and Children First

5233 N Clark St Chicago

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Women and Children First started back in 1979, when two grad students in literature were frustrated about being unable to find books by the women authors they wanted to study. So they raised $15,000, built their own bookshelves, and opened a storefront to fill that gap. They focused their stock on women writers, feminism, and books for children with active, heroic female protagonists. And so Women and Children First was born.

In the ensuing 40 years, the bookstore moved to its current location in Andersonville and has grown exponentially. It now offers 30,000 in-store volumes including a robust selection fo LGBTQ fiction and nonfiction, convenient online buying options, and carries toys, journals and cards in addition to books. What's remained constant, however, is the store's commitment to books by and for women and supporting the surrounding community.

Women and Children First hosts a variety of events that draw crowds. Book talks here feature famous authors such as Gloria Steinem, Margaret Atwood, and Alice Walker as well as emerging and local writers. Book clubs are centered around a common interest such as social justice, and membership is open to all who want to join. The quarterly Sapphos Salon is a popular open mic celebrating expressions of queerness, gender and feminism. Come here curious, with an open mind, and a voracious appetite for books.

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