English Woman's Journal

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The English Woman's Journal was a periodical published monthly between 1858 and 1864 and cost 1 shilling.[1] After 1860 the Journal was published by Victoria Press in London, which was run by Emily Faithfull (1835–1895) who employed women workers, contrary to the then-current practices.

The Journal was established in 1858 by Barbara Bodichon, Matilda Mary Hays and Bessie Rayner Parkes,[2] with others, Bodichon being the major shareholder[3] and Samuel Courtauld also held shares.[4] Parkes was the chief editor with Hays.[1] Emily Davies (1830–1921) was editor of the Journal in 1863.[5]

The Journal was intended as an organ for discussing female employment and equality issues concerning, in particular, manual or intellectual industrial employment, expansion of employment opportunities, and the reform of laws pertaining to the sexes. The journal also included literary and cultural reviews not directly related to its central interests.[1]

The Langham Place group was the circle of like-minded women who gathered at 19 Langham Place, the Journal's office; it also included Helen Blackburn (1842–1903), Jessie Boucherett (1825–1905) and Emily Faithfull.[6] Among the group's activities was the establishment of the Society for Promoting the Employment of Women (SPEW). SPEW aimed at preparing young women for wider employment opportunities, providing apprenticeships and technical training.[7]

The English Woman's Journal was succeeded by the Englishwoman's Review that started publication in 1866.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hilary Fraser; Judith Johnson; Stephanie Green (2003). Gender and the Victorian Periodical. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521830729. 
  2. ^ Merrill, Lisa. "Hays, Matilda Mary". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/57829.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Hirsch, Pam. "Bodichon, Barbara Leigh Smith". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2755.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ Elizabeth Crawford (2001). Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866-1928. Taylor & Francis Group. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-415-23926-4. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Delamont, Sara. "Davies, Emily". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32741.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  6. ^ Hunt, Felicity. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/37409.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  7. ^ Gerry Holloway (2005). Women And Work In Britain Since 1840. London: Routledge. p. 216. ISBN 0415259118. 

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