THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
“Very early on, I realized the power of people getting together to demand change.”
Co-founder and former co-owner of Women & Children First Bookstore. She and her business partner, Ann Christophersen, opened the bookstore in 1979 as a way to contribute to the international feminist movement and to join with and support those in Chicago working to further the rights and well-being of women and children. Women & Children First has been honored with awards from Chicago NOW, the ACLU’s Roger Baldwin Foundation, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre and The Lesbian Community Cancer Project, among others. In 2004, the Chicago Sun-Times named Ann and Linda among the city’s 100 most powerful women.
Interviewed by Mary Jean Collins, VFA Historian, January 2022
Photo 1. Linda at Women & Children First. Photo 2. Linda introducing Gloria Steinem at a Women & Children First event.
More About Linda:
- Chicago Gay History
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Women & Children First Records, 1978-1997, Loyola University, Chicago. Women & Leadership Archives. Chicago Women Ephemera Collection.
- Women & Children First Bookstore website
- The Women’s Voices Fund