Women's Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues

Women's Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues

Women's Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues

Women's Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues

Synopsis

Women's periodicals have a long history of treating social, political, and economic issues. Through alphabetically arranged entries on individual publications, this reference traces the rich diversity of approaches that these periodicals have taken. Included are entries on more than 70 different periodicals published in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some are radical, some are reactionary, but most fall somewhere in between. Each entry provides a critical narrative history of the periodical, circulation figures, related publication information, and a selected bibliography. The volume closes with a chronology and a bibliography.

Excerpt

This volume is a work in progress. It is not designed to cover every women's periodical that has ever dealt with social, economic, or political issues. Rather, this volume is designed to be a beginning point, an entry into the field of women's publishing on this topic. It is designed to provide a hint of the rich diversity of approaches and voices that have characterized the women's periodicals that dealt with social, political, and economic issues. Some of the publications profiled in this book could be categorized as reactionary; others might be called radical; somewhere in between have been many, many others. This volume is designed to offer a glimpse into the history of women's periodicals that dealt with social, economic, and political issues.

Literally thousands of women have published magazines, newspapers, and newsletters dedicated to some form of social, economic, or political change; others opposed such measures and began their own periodicals to react to the proposed changes. Chronicling all these publications would be an impossible task. Therefore, some hard decisions had to be made.

Several approaches were considered as this book was planned. One called for this book to deal solely with the currently published feminist periodicals, a much-needed volume. Another suggested a focus on suffrage and antisuffrage periodicals only--again, while more is written on this topic, still a needed book. Another plan called for looking at the women's reform periodicals of the nineteenth century. All represented interesting, needed approaches. Each, however, was rejected because each, in its way, failed to suggest the rich diversity of thought and ideas that has characterized the women's periodicals over the generations.

The approach eventually adopted is eclectic; some might argue, unfocused. This volume attempts to cover a wide range of social, economic, and political issues--from abolitionism to temperance, from moral reform to birth control, from suffragism to antisuffragism, from pacifism to feminism. Women repre-

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