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Women & Children First featured in Tribune

From the Chicago Tribune:
More than a bookstore
Women & Children First specializes in feminist, gay, lesbian literature

By Christopher Borrelli
Tribune reporter
November 10, 2009

Women & Children First, the feminist bookstore in Andersonville that hugs the corner of Clark Street and Farragut Avenue, turns 30 Tuesday. That’s a lot of copies of “Backlash” and “The Feminine Mystique”! In all seriousness, folks, it’s quite a milestone for an independent bookstore specializing in women’s studies and gay and lesbian issues, along with the usual literary best-sellers and children’s books.

Two decades ago, there were more than 120 feminist bookstores in North America. Today there are around 30, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press. But even that sounds high, according to a number of bookstore owners, some of whom rattle off the names of the feminist bookstores they know have survived as though remembering old friends: BookWoman in Austin, Texas, Charis in Atlanta, True Colors in Minneapolis, A Room of One’s Own in Madison, Wis., People Called Women in Toledo, Ohio, Bluestockings in New York City.
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