America's last non-profit feminist bookstore in Portland, OR fundraiser

MamaCass sez, "Portland, Oregon's In Other Words Feminist Bookstore is the last remaining volunteer-run non-profit feminist bookstore in the nation. It's also making a transition to a community center which will include a library and feminist archives. IOW just celebrated its 17th birthday, but to keep the doors open past January, they need to increase their monthly sustainers. IOW provides a safe, all-ages space for the community and will continue to if it gets the help it needs." (Thanks, MamaCass, via Submitterator!)


  1. Best of luck! Hope it pulls through.

    I was a volunteer at Left Hand Books in Boulder while I lived in Colorado, and potential financial insolvency always loomed. It would be a damn, damn shame to lose places like this.

  2. How about The Big Idea in Pittsburgh? Not *solely* feminist, but feminism certainly falls under their umbrella of a volunteer-run, “women-positive,” “queer-positive,” radical bookstore.

    I mean, kudos to IOW for being around so long, I wish them the best of luck, but it seems a bit of a stretch to call yourself the last remaining anything at this point. I’d bet most reasonably sized communities boast something similar if not identical tucked away somewhere.

  3. We are not the last one by any stretch. There is also Women and Children First among others. Ones in NYC and Toronto (I believe) have recently closed, so they are more than endangered! I think there are about 35 left in the U.S. from maybe 150 times. But we are indeed the only one that is a non-profit.
    Amber- Co-Director of In Other Words

    p.s. thanks to Boing Boing for posting this!

  4. From The Big Idea’s website:

    “We are a volunteer-run, not-for-profit, non-capitalist establishment.”

    Not quite!

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