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Women and Children First

Shopping, Bookstores Andersonville
5 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Women and Children First

Don’t be fooled by the store’s name; though the Andersonville shop has a definite feminist slant (and is one of the largest feminist bookstores in the country), any and all can find something here. The store stocks more than 30,000 books by and about women, plus children's titles, and it's considered one of the city's best sources for lesbian and gay fiction and nonfiction. It's also an active location for author readings and community events, and it's the endearing inspiration for Portlandia's Women and Women First bookstore sketch.


Venue name: Women and Children First
Address: 5233 N Clark St
Cross street: between Foster and Berwyn Aves
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 11am-7pm; Wed-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-6pm
Transport: El: Red to Berwyn. Bus: 22, 92.
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I love this independent book store. The owners are wonderful, and always ready to give great book advice. They put on awesome events and really get to know their customers! 

The owners are amazing, the book selection superb, the vibe delicious, and the events magnificent.

Women and Children First has been a great bookstore for decades! A wonderfully curated collection of literature and intelligent books in all categories, a great kids' section, lovely surroundings, knowledgeable and dedicated staff, and amazing, almost daily author events!

Nothing beats a well-curated, local bookstore. Women and Children First has a surprisingly deep collection for their space and a knowledgeable staff to help you find what you need. This store is one of the jewels of Andersonville.

Women & Children First hosts a large selection of women's literature (go ladies!), but also has something for everyone. With good programming for the community, this spot has plenty going for it and is definitely worth a stop as you're strolling through Andersonville.

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What a terrific neighborhood bookstore! Women and Children First has a fantastic selection of books and also hosts great programming for the community.