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Women and Children First March-April Event Schedule

Women and Children First Bookstore is located in the Andersonville neighborhood at: 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 606040 (773)769-9299

Celebrate Women's History Month
Recommended Reading:
The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America by Ruth Rosen

Wednesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Women's Studies: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?
Over the last twenty plus years Women's Studies classes have given women the opportunity to learn about our history, discuss and debate women's issues, and celebrate the literature and culture women have created. Featured in our conversation tonight on the history and future of women's studies are: Pamela Caughie and Susan Ross from Loyola, which now offers a Master's Degree in W.S.; Beth Kelly and Ann Russo from De Paul, which offers a major in W.S.; Laurie Fuller and Sarah Hoagland from Northeastern, where a petition for a W.S. major was recently tabled by the Board of Trustees; Katrin Schultheiss and Judy Gardiner from UIC, where W.S. is now part of a program called Gender and Women's Studies. Students from each of the programs will be on hand to offer their perspective and assessment.

Friday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Chuck Collins: Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change
Co-Director of United for a Fair Economy, author of Economic Apartheid in America, and co-author, with Pam Rogers, of Robin Hood Was Right, Chuck Collins will be here tonight to talk about issues of economic justice. The inscription in their book reads, "To you, the reader, in the hope that this book will inspire you to greater generosity and a deeper commitment to a freer, kinder, more just world." Learn tonight how even a little money put in the right places can help create social change. This is an information session-not a fundraising event-and is being co-sponsored by The Crossroads Fund.

Sunday, March 11, 5:00 p.m.
Laney Katz Becker: Dear Stranger, Dearest Friend
A contemporary epistolary novel, Laney Katz Becker's story unfolds in e-mail messages between two strangers sharing information about breast cancer and, in the process, becoming good friends. An absolutely compelling fictional story is enhanced by a wealth of information on cancer detection and treatment. Whether you are a survivor like Susan, or have just found a lump like Lara, or are one of the millions of women who wonder what you'd do if you did find a lump, this book is for you. Highly recommended for medical practitioners working with breast cancer patients.

Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.
Honoring Each Other and Ourselves: A Celebration of Chicago Women Making History
One of the ways we observed Women's History Month last year was by dramatizing the words of famous women of the past. This year we're inviting some of our contemporaries who have made history in Chicago by living and working in ways that have changed women's lives during the last 30 years. Join us for a conversation about what we've accomplished and where we need to concentrate our efforts in the future. Special guests include: Andra Medea, one the founders of Chimera, a women's self-defense teaching group; Alice Dan from the Center for Research on Women & Gender; Louise Champlin, Director of the Chicago Women's Health Center; Mary Morten, Director of the Chicago Foundation for Women; Reverend Lorraine Frampton, a minister who pioneered women's roles in organized religion; Lora Branch, who works for the Department of Human Relations on Lesbian and Gay Issues.; and Tracy Baim, publisher and managing editor of Lambda Publications, which publishes Windy City Times, BLACKlines, En la Vida, Nightlines and other gay and lesbian media.

Sunday, March 18, 5:00 p.m.
Gina Gallo: Armed & Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman and Crime Scenes
Gina Gallo joined the Chicago Police Department in 1982 when there were few women in law enforcement. She was an officer for 16 years, working in some of the roughest neighborhoods in the city while working through the sexism she encountered on the force. Armed & Dangerous is her factual account of her experiences of those years; Crime Scenes is a collection of fictional stories she's fashioned out of some of those same experiences.

Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Women's Book Discussion: No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies
Join us for a discussion of historian Linda Kerber's fascinating interpretation of women's constitutional status and obligations as citizens.

Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Jody Raphael: Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty
Bernice Hampton's story illustrates the deep connections between poverty, the welfare system, and domestic violence. These conditions combine in a powerful way to trap and severely limit women. Through her own strength and resourcefulness and with the help of people like Jody Raphael, Hampton managed to escape and create a life for herself. Come to tonight's discussion to talk with Jody and Bernice about problems, solutions, and to be inspired.

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
Leslie Whitaker and Elizabeth Austin: The Good Girl's Guide to Negotiating
Subtitled "How to Get What You Want at the Bargaining Table," this very helpful book written by two Oak Park journalists discusses negotiating a book contract, your salary, a mortgage, a car purchase, or who changes the cat litter, offering clear, consistent advice in a snappy, readable tone. Leslie Whitaker is the author of three books on business and personal finance and numerous articles on female entrepreneurship. Elizabeth Austin's feature articles and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and on National Public Radio.

Sunday, March 25, 5:00 p.m.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky: Pro-Choice Strategy and Action Session, Part II
We held our first meeting at the store in February to discuss how to respond to the anti-choice initiatives George W. Bush undertook his first day and weeks in office. Joining about 125 concerned citizens and activists were Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Rod Blagojevich, State Rep Harry Osterman, Marcie Love from Personal Pac, Vesyl Marcus from Planned Parenthood, and reps from NOW and student organizations across the city. We shared a great deal of information, perspective, and strategy. The notes from the meeting, including URL's of websites mentioned, names and addresses of state and national representatives, and phone numbers for various pro-choice organizations are available by e-mailing Ann at or sending an SASE, att'n Ann to the bookstore. The meeting tonight is to take some next steps. The importance of contacting our legislative reps was made clear at the last meeting. We'll write those letters and mail them. (We'll have form letters you can customize or you can start from scratch.) The second goal is to plan an action-or better still, a series of actions-that will draw attention to the many bills being introduced that seriously undermine a woman's right to reproductive control.

Celebrate National Poetry Month
Recommended Reading :
The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women

Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Women's Open Mic Poetry Reading
We're kicking off National Poetry Month with a reading that combines the voices of some of the poets we already know with those of you we have yet to meet. Invited readers include Jenn Morea (Where the Ending Begins), Anna West (This Without Crescendo), Carole Spinelli (The Gift Forthcoming), Maria McCray (5-time Chicago rep to the National Poetry Slam), Paulette Beete (published in a number of journals), Beth Snyder (MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute), and long-time poet and artist, Roberta Chanin. Each of these poets will read 5-7 minutes; open mic participants should each plan to read one poem. You don't need to call in advance; just show up.

Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m.
Margaret Drabble: Chicago Humanities Festival
Margaret Drabble, one of England's premier authors, has published 13 novels, edited the Oxford Companion to English Literature, and also written criticism and biography. Her excellent new novel, The Peppered Moth, is the story of four generations of women, with each woman reflecting on her connection to her mother and her past. Drabble has also explained that the novel was a way for her to explore and write about her relationship with her own mother. Joining her tonight is her husband, the biographer Michael Holroyd, who has recently published a book on his family, Basil Street Blues. The subject of their talk will be their recent work of examining and writing family histories through research, memory, and speculation. This event is at Ogden Elementary School, 24 W. Walton. To reserve your place at this free event call 312-661-1028, ext. 24. We will be selling books there, and both authors will be signing afterwards. You can also purchase books in advance at the store.
Ogden Elementary School

Saturday April 7, 2-3 p.m.
Margaret Drabble: Booksigning
Margaret Drabble will be in the store to autograph copies of her new novel, The Peppered Moth, and earlier novels as well. Stop by to meet one of the 20th century's most distinguished writers.

Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Women's Book Discussion: The Alphabet of Desire by Barbara Hamby
At least once a year the women's book group chooses a book of poetry to read and discuss. Publishers Weekly called Hamby's first book " [A] demonic celebration of the feminine"; in this second collection, her travels in Europe provide the inspiration and background.

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sue Bender: Stretching Lessons
In her first book, Plain and Simple, Sue Bender shared the wisdom she learned living with the Amish. In her second, Everyday Sacred, she shared her stories about trying to live peacefully and simply in our hectic world. Rachel Naomi Remen (Kitchen Table Wisdom) says of Bender's new book, "[She] has done it again! Her elegant and candid memoir of her own courage to grow will strengthen anyone who has ever doubted their ability to change and reach for something larger."

Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Karen Karbo: Generation Ex: Tales from the Second Wives Club
From the "pundit of domesticity" comes a smart and hilarious look at husbands, wives, and exes. Written from the point of view of five women who gather periodically to share stories and blow off steam, Generation Ex brings comic relief and wisdom to what has become a fairly common, though still maddening, state of affairs. Karbo is the author of three novels, the most recent being Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me, which The New York Times Book Review called, "peevishly hilarious ... .[It] should be clutched to the 'corn-silo sized' breasts of every new mother."

Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Rebecca Brown: The Terrible Girls
A play based on Rebecca Brown's book, The Terrible Girls, opens April 16 at About Face Theatre and will run until May 27. Brown's celebrated Gothic stories explore postmodern romance in a toxic world. These dark lesbian fairy tales describe impossible romances, in which love is traded for parts of the human body. In the staging of the play, women seek out what's missing-searching for the return of a heart given too willingly. Join Rebecca tonight as she reads from her book and talks about the production at About Face.

Sunday, April 22, 5:00 p.m.
Jane R. Plitt: Martha Matilda Harper and the American Dream
Plitt has done a wonderful job recovering the nearly buried history of one of America's most enterprising entrepreneurs. Sent out as a domestic at the age of seven from her Ontario home, Martha eventually moved to Rochester, NY, where she opened the first hair care salon in the country. The "Harper Method" emphasized hygiene and scalp stimulation and eschewed chemicals. Harper saw how her salon idea could be franchised, thus allowing other poor women a business opportunity and pioneering the concept of franchising itself. Eventually there were 500 Harper salons internationally, including one in Chicago. Martha Matilda Harper was a feminist and suffragist; her visionary entrepreneurial ideals-customer satisfaction, teamwork, good communication, and win-win business strategies-are now considered regular practices of enlightened business management.

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards: Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future
It's difficult to think of a subject more important than that of what Third Wave women define as the crucial issues facing women today and how they see shaping the future for themselves and the next generations of women. Come for a discussion tonight with two women well-qualified to speak to these issues. Jennifer Baumgardner was an editor at Ms. From 1993 to 1997 and is an active member of the Third Wave Foundation and History in Action. Amy Richards is the co-founder of Third Wave, a national activist organization for women 16-30. She is also a contributing editor to Ms. and works as a consultant with the Ms Foundation for Women and Voters for Choice.

Wed., April 25, 7:30 p.m., location TBA
Margaret Cho: I'm the One that I Want
Fierce, funny and wise, comedian Margaret Cho bares all in this achingly honest look at her own life and times, including her meteoric rise and near-fatal demise with her sitcom. Based loosely on her stage show, this book is wholly original and something of an emotional manifesto for those who embrace difference and love themselves with all their flaws. The book goes on sale April 24; the reading will be held off-site.Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
S.L. Wisenberg: The Sweetheart is In
In these edgy, lyrical stories Chicago writer S.L. Wisenberg portrays the yearnings of a little sister, the hazy memoir of a concentration camp liberator, and the romantic entanglements of political activists. Widely anthologized and published in many magazines including The New Yorker and Tikkun, Wisenberg's tales cover the spectrum of styles and subjects and are part of today's renaissance in Jewish storytelling. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and several awards from the Illinois Arts Council; she is a visiting scholar in Gender Studies at Northwestern and teaches writing workshops throughout the Chicago area.