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Girls ARE Good at Math!

    Recently, I got to spend some time at the STEAHM camp held annually at Corning Community College. It's a week-long program for middle school aged girls who are interested in science/engineering. I was asked to present a lesson on empowerment, so I decided to talk ...

Posted August 7th at 8:49pm

Customer Reviews!

Obviously, we're incredibly fond and appreciative of our customers. And we really love when they leave us positive reviews online! Here's what a few in-store customers have had to say:"Amazing atmosphere, my favorite place to shop for gifts and great books and resources!" -Elaine...

Posted July 25th at 9:18pm

The Effect of the F-Word

Yesterday morning, I was standing at the counter at the back of the shop, our newest bookstore volunteer next to me, both of us quietly working and chatting. Suddenly, I heard "boo" coming from the doorway. We both looked up to see a white man who looked to be in his late 60s giving us a t...

Posted July 2nd at 9:49pm

There's Nothing More Feminist than PRIDE

Change is an interesting thing to live through. When I (Sarah) moved to Corning as an adult a decade ago, I regularly felt like the loudest liberal in every room. I struggled with making real connections with people, and the (very small) handful of people I initially clicked with all moved away. On ...

Posted June 18th at 3:23pm

Happy Pride (from a straight, cis, white lady)

It's been a pleasure to have spent the last however-many-months planning the inaugural Corning Pride event in partnership with our friends at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes. The event we wanted to organize to show our LGBTQ+ youth that they are supported and celebrated by their...

Posted June 6th at 7:38pm

A Most Feminist Trip to DC

If you follow us on Instagram, you might have noticed that we recently spent a long weekend in Washington, DC. We had a wonderfully fun - and feminist! - four days: three museums, a live podcast taping, a visit to the Capitol building, and not enough electric scooter rides. We wanted to share some o...

Posted April 23rd at 8:17pm

From a Proud Non-Parent

Last night - Friday, March 29th - our Girl Gang released the third issue of their amazing 'zine, RISE UP. Art by Megan WestI spoke briefly before we got to hear from three of the contributors to this issue, and several people were quite complimentary about my little speech. Randi suggested we s...

Posted March 30th at 6:53pm

"So this is, like, a women's bookstore?"

If there's one thing that gets proven over and over when you run a feminist bookstore, it's the fact that while we expect girls to like stories about boys, we - as a society - do not expect the opposite. Most often, when new people come in to Card Carrying, they meander back toward the cou...

Posted March 23rd at 9:28pm

Now Offering Group Book Sales

Are you sending staff to a training, or organizing a group read at your church? Maybe you need to spend down some grant money and want to focus on building your organization's library. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself needing to purchase multiple copies of the same book, we'd be h...

Posted March 22nd at 9:24pm

Girl Gang Update

If there is anything we can tell you with 100% certainty, it's that you should get yourself a Girl Gang. We love ours: we love everything about them. We love their bold feminism, their super-smart observations about their world, their compassion for one another... I get teary whenever I talk ab...

Posted March 14th at 7:09pm

The Feminist Journey is Never Ending

I recently finished teaching a course at Elmira College called Feminist Argumentation. I went in to it with the following objectives:1) Introduce feminist language and history, 2) Encourage a deeper understanding of personal feminism, and3) Remind them that they don't owe the weight of defendin...

Posted March 7th at 7:46pm

V Angry Men on the Internet

In the past, this blog has been used to keep people up-to-date on what happens here at the Shop and on our online platforms. Subscription kits, one-time gift options, events, exclusive Card Carrying merchandise, and feminist celebrity endorsements: this blog is where you can find out about all that ...

Posted January 22nd at 11:00pm

Welcome to our Teespring shop!

You hopefully know that you can get our great designs - some of them recently updated - on Redbubble, but we want to continue growing so we now offer even more, exclusive, Card Carrying designs on Teespring! Feminist AF Hoodie - $34.99Teespring allows us to offer our feminist af designs in several d...

Posted December 18th at 10:04pm

Buy Card Carrying Merch Online!

Being a very small shop, we decided to start selling online through third-party vendors. Our redbubble shop has been up and running for a few months now and carries our exclusive designs that have previously only been available in our brick-and-mortar location. Now you can buy them whenever, whereve...

Posted October 30th at 8:48pm

A Very Feminist Holiday Season

Somehow, it's almost the holidays again! We LOVE this time of year. We have big plans for the window decorations and are excited to get in some wintery, Card Carrying exclusive gifts for our customers to put on their Wish Lists!We also have plenty of fun, festive events planned this holiday sea...

Posted October 26th at 5:36pm

RISE UP Zine - Spring 2018 Issue

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Posted October 6th at 7:04pm

Happy Birthday to US!

We're so excited to celebrate one year of being open in our beloved Corning, NY! It's been a fast, fun year, and we've certainly made some memories :)With feminist author, Kate Harding.With Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.With feminist author & activist, Jaclyn Friedman!We've ...

Posted September 5th at 4:32pm

The Card Carrying LIST

We know that YOU want to know what's been included in previous months of The Card Carrying Club kit. So here's a running list of most of the titles we've excitedly sent to our Club members:How To Be a Woman by Caitlin MoranYou Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe RobinsonHow to be a Her...

Posted August 21st at 7:24pm

Why Subscribe to the Card Carrying Club?

Testimonial time! If you've been on the fence about subscribing to the Card Carrying Club, here are a few little nudges from some of our happy Club members. "I love the Card Carrying Shop, and Randi and Sarah... and all the women in Corning who are a part of this amazing monthly club. Thi...

Posted August 15th at 7:49pm

Card Carrying Merch Now Available!

If you've visited Card Carrying Books & Gifts, you know just how small we are. What we lack in space and size, we certainly make up for in mission! That being said, it is hard to stock slow-selling items as a new, small, niche business, so we're giving Red Bubble a try. Feminism Eq...

Posted July 24th at 4:15pm

Take a Break this Summer

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, though we've been #blessed with beautiful weather for a few weeks now and celebrating the sun with a brand new product: the Take a Break Summer Pack!This fun Summer Pack is meant to inspire and encourage your feminism! It includes four paperbacks handpicked for ...

Posted June 20th at 5:19pm

News for Teens (and anyone who loves YA)!

You might have noticed we've got something brand NEW going on: a B(est) F(eminist) F(riend) Kit! This teen/young adult kit will feature a book, activism materials, and a small surprise every month: a sticker, button, pin, patch, or keychain. We have some super fun ideas, and we hope you'll...

Posted February 27th at 4:40pm

Card Carrying Club Q&A

The Card Carrying Club - our monthly feminist subscription kit - has been under way for over a year now (!!!) and some questions have been rolling in that we want to answer...Q: How does the Club work?A: We try to make it as simple as possible to be a Club member! You subscribe for however long you ...

Posted January 8th at 4:06pm

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We LOVE the holiday season at Card Carrying Books & Gifts!(We are so over the nonsense of 2017. Come on, 2018!)The shop is all ready for a cozy winter season.(Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret. I’d love some feminist books and stickers for Hanukkah.)If you can’t make it to our Market Str...

Posted November 18th at 6:16pm

People Are Talking About the Card Carrying Club

When we started Card Carrying Books & Gifts, we wanted to put feminism on Main Street (well, or in our case Market Street!) But we also wanted to be part of the conversation outside our small, upstate NY town.That’s why we created the Card Carrying Club. We deliver a book, gift, and...

Posted November 18th at 3:49pm

Self Care Isn’t Selfish

It can be hard to unpack the concept of self care. Does it mean going to a spa?Taking a nap?Sharing an ice cream cone with your dog?(Obvi, yes to the last one.)The truth is that self care means something different to all of us. But for the Card Carrying team, we feel best when we f...

Posted November 18th at 3:28pm

Be Your Own Feminist Best Friend

It's Like Having a Feminist Fairy GodmotherDo you ever wish you had someone sending you a care package every month reminding you to read more, surprising you with a gift, and giving you the info you need to take action about all the rage-inducing issues of the day?Are you basically looking for ...

Posted November 17th at 8:33pm

Card Carrying Club

Be Your Own Feminist Best Friend!Do you ever wish you had someone sending you a care package every month reminding you to read more, surprising you with a gift, and giving you the info you need to take action about all the rage-inducing issues of the day?Are you basically looking for a far-away femi...

Posted November 17th at 8:29pm