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Books offer us comfort, growth, knowledge, and so much more. While
2020 has been a difficult year, books and the community that grows from
them are what got us through! With that, we are excited to share a
little extra love for our favorite books of 2020 in this annual
In these lists, we
hope you discover new favorites or nod your head in passionate
agreement with books that resonated with you, too.
We also have a few important holiday updates below, so read on!
We look forward to sharing more togetherness in the new year.
Until then, happy reading!
All our love,
In a year of hard decisions, we just made another one. In an effort
to avoid disappointing customers who need their books in time for the
Christmas holiday, we have decided to pivot and will take only phone
orders (at 773-769-9299) of books already in the store from December
21st through the 24th. (During this block of four days, we will not take
online orders.) Your books can be shipped to you, or you can choose
contactless curbside pickup.
We hope that being able to speak with a bookseller who can tell you
definitively, "Yes, we have that book on our shelves right now," will
reduce the stress and uncertainty of shopping those final few days
before Christmas. (And we're stocking up now so that the books on our shelves will be excellent gifts!)
If the weather cooperates, we also hope to offer one or two outdoor
pop-up shops outside the bookstore next week. Stay tuned to social
media for information, re: when/if we are able to make them happen!
first online-only holiday season has brought with it an avalanche of
support, surprises … and stress dreams! Your generosity continues to be
astounding, but the reality is we just can't keep up! So, it's official:
Women & Children First now has a store on Bookshop!
Bookshop.org is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. When you shop W&CF's Bookshop storefront, we get 30% of each sale. But, don't worry, you can (and should!) still shop womenandchildrenfirst.com--and, we love it when you do, because we get all the profit from those sales!
But supporting us through an order placed on Bookshop.org may be the best thing to do if:
You are shopping overnight when our online store is closed, or
You can't find what you're looking for on our site!
Gift Cards, Gift Receipts & Gift Wrapping
Wow! Y'all LOVE our gift
cards---thank you! Just a reminder that we're a small team, and
processing these orders isn't automatic or instantaneous like it might
be at a big box store. It takes us about 48 hours (at least) to process
your gift card! For a faster turnaround you can also purchase gift cards through Bookshop.org and support indie bookstores across the county!
We are getting a lot of questions about gift receipts.
Unfortunately, we can't provide those for online orders. But, rest
assured, we will be happy to exchange unwanted gifts that are in good
condition once our doors reopen in 2021.
We're gift wrapping like
wild right now, but sometimes the circumstances of your order don't
allow for wrapping! We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and
appreciate your patience with us during this holiday season.
Top Books of 2020
Now, onto the main event!
Women & Children First booksellers' favorite books of 2020! Follow
along on Instagram and Facebook to see all of our staffers'
recommendations of the year and how and why these titles were selected.
Looking for last- minute gifts? Check out our gift bundles!
doors closed, we know many of you are missing our booksellers'
recommendations! And we miss helping you find the perfect gift for
everyone on your list. So, we put together a few gift bundles to help
simplify your gifting season!
be closed on New Year's Day to spend time reflecting on 2020 and
looking toward the year ahead. It's been a tough one, but we learned a
lot. We processed more than 30,000 online orders; hosted nearly 60
virtual events (almost all of which you can view on our
donated thousands of books to Chicago Books to Women in Prison and
Liberation Library; raised thousands of dollars for mission-aligned
organizations, like Minnesota Freedom Fund, Fair Fight Action, Black and Pink Chicago, and Ujimaa Street Medics.
We also did a lot of internal work--confronting the tension between our
mission as a feminist space and the daily reality of being a retail
business within capitalism and white supremacy. What we're trying to say
is that we are doing the work on top of the work and still fumbling toward what all of that means.
Thank you for being a part of this feminist project with all of its
messiness and possibility. We couldn't do any of this without you.
PassionPlacement.Com Recruitment Platform Taps Into The Growing Demand for Purpose-Driven Employment
Addressing the growing demand for purpose-driven employment, Co-Founders Bonnie Brown and Paul Turcotte have launched PassionPlacement.com,
a career matchmaking platform placing mission-aligned hires for
companies that make a difference for people, the planet and animals.
“Passion Placement grew out of my frustration as a financial
professional looking to apply my own career skills to helping animals
and improving life on the planet, only to find myself jumping from one
site to another, back and forth, thinking there has got to be a better
way,” said Co-Founder Bonnie Brown.
“I wanted to help mission-driven people use their skill set for
companies making a positive impact. We now offer recruiting, job
posting, and consulting for both companies and candidates so we can all
use our talents together to create a better world.”
And the marketplace is responding. WeSpire noted
in a recent study that Gen Z is the “first generation to prioritize
purpose over money. Called the ‘Change Generation’ due to passion and
desire to make a difference through work, [Gen Z] needs to see [a]
connection between what they are doing and [a] broader social impact. An
empowering work culture is two-times more important than higher salary
for retention [for this growing demographic.]”
According to Bonnie, “Those later in life are also looking at leaving a current position to begin living their purpose.”
The Covid Clarity: Do What Is Meaningful or What’s The Point?
In addition, the stress of Covid and the dire environmental
circumstances around the globe are forcing many to pivot in how they
spend their 9-to-5. Candidates are focusing on what is important to
them for the future, including their health, how their food is sourced
and putting an end to animal agriculture, a leading contributor to climate change. Covid, coupled with people’s desire to find hope in 2021, has crystalized a ‘New Year, New Career’ for many.
“I'm looking to switch to a more mission-aligned job because our future
depends on it. I want to do everything I can to make this world a safer,
more equitable place, both in my personal life, as well as my
professional life,” said MK (anonymous) when asked about finding a job
during Covid. Bonnie confirms that this sentiment is increasingly
Curtis agrees. "We are living through a very chaotic time where I don’t
feel in control of many things. Believing in the mission or purpose of a
company makes me feel my job will be important and that I can make
difference even on a small scale."
A Brave New World
Employees aren’t the only ones who benefit from PassionPlacement.com’s services. “At abillion we
get really excited about folks that are mission driven like us. Having
that passion is like rocket fuel. It means you get through problems
faster, find solutions faster, love your team more and it’s easier to
form a bond and trust between the individual and the company,” shared
abillion app Founder, Vikas Garg.
Founder of dairy-free Revolution Gelato, Jared Olkin agrees. "Values alignment in the Revolution Gelato team
and our partners is simply a must-have. I've found that when we work
with people who really believe in what we are doing and why, it shows --
not only are they the most dedicated, but also we can trust them
implicitly to represent the brand."
a career matchmaking platform offering recruiting, job posting, and
consulting for both purpose driven companies and candidates.
Spanning all types of positions and industries from the intern to the
CEO, from the volunteer to the board member, PassionPlacement.com aligns
people with organizations which share the mission of taking animals out
of the supply chain for the benefit of the planet, health and animals.