Safer Space Policy

Safer Space Policy

Welcome to Women & Children First! Opened in 1979, Women & Children First is a feminist bookstore and operates as a feminist space.

What does that mean? It means that like other feminist spaces, we have a “Safer Space” policy. This policy is intended to make our bookstore a supportive and welcoming feminist environment for all who enter. We encourage everyone--customers, authors, presenters, volunteers, and staffers--to be proactive in building an atmosphere that is mindful of everyone’s well-being and safety. In this spirit, harassment, violence, abuse, sexual assault, and discrimination will not be tolerated.

Everyone entering Women & Children First is asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might be harmful to others. We do not tolerate behavior that threatens or harms anyone on the basis of ability, age, cultural background, education, ethnicity, gender identity, immigration status, language, nationality, physical appearance, race, religion, self-expression, sexual orientation, and other such factors.

By entering Women & Children First, and/or participating in Women & Children First events and activities, you agree to abide by the following guidelines:

-Be responsible for your own actions; be aware that your actions have an effect on others, which may be different from your intentions.

-Be a respectful listener and consider changing your behavior if someone tells you that you are making them feel threatened or uncomfortable.

-Respect everyone’s identity and background, including pronouns and names. Do not assume anyone’s gender identity, sexual preference, survivor status, economic status, age, background, health, etc.

-Respect everyone’s physical boundaries. 

-Be aware of your privilege and the space you take up.

We welcome the continuing conversation and improvement of this policy.

Isabella Rotman designed the below poster of the policy, which is up in our store. 

Poster designed by Isabella Rotman featuring the language of our Safer Space Policy bordered by purple trees and green leaves and grass. Nestled in the grass at the bottom is a an open book.