President, American Booksellers Association; co-owner, Women & Children First, Chicago, Illinois
Almost 30 years ago the women of New Words had the vision to see the vital contribution a feminist bookstore would make in the women’s movement. And then they had the courage and conviction to create one. They led the way then and, with their ambitious and exciting new program, are leading again, this time by developing and using a new model to carry out the still essential work of nurturing and sustaining women’s words and culture. Independent booksellers have always relied on their wits, enterprise, and sense of purpose to accomplish their goals: The New Words Center reflects that high spirit.