The dynamics between the Woman's Journal and the special needs of the AWSA, its editors, its readership, its separate constituencies, its competitors, and a resisting public were lively, complex, and fascinating. Far more than a successful business venture, the Woman's Journal lived up to its name as "Torchbearer of the Woman Suffrage Cause." As a clearinghouse for suffrage activities everywhere, it broadened intellectual horizons. As a comfort to the insecure and uninitiated, it groomed confident, public communicators. As a guide for the zealous, it molded committed and efficient workers. As a testament to high journalistic standards, it demonstrated sophisticated writing and management skills by women.
Through twenty years of perpetual rebuff, the Woman's Journal stood as a beacon of feminist respectability, charting a course of protest between an oppressive status quo and an abrasive radicalism. One aspiring poet, whose genuflections to the "Torchbearer" were featured by the paper, captured the steady assurance and the inspirational tenor of its suffrage message:
We shall onward go, as the breakers flow,
In our upward march sublime.
To the topmost reach of the snowy beach
We are gaining every day.
It is surely ours in the coming hours.
And shall be ours always.74