|Company||Bauer Media Group|
Woman's World is an American supermarket weekly magazine with a circulation of 1.6 million readers. Generally marketed with other tabloid papers, it concentrates on short stories about popular woman-focused subjects such as weight loss (which is the main headline in nearly every issue, causing some to nickname it "Weight Loss World"), relationship advice and cooking, though also occasionally branches out to do profiles on other notable women in the sciences or academia. It has held the title of most popular newsstand magazine, and continues to be the best-selling women's publication, with sales of 77 million copies in 2004. It competes with smaller magazines such as Woman's Day and Family Circle.
The magazine was launched in the United States in 1981 by a European magazine publisher, Heinrich Bauer Verlag of Hamburg, Germany, which set up an American subsidiary, Heinrich Bauer North America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Woman's World was the company's first American release, and was aimed at a target audience of middle-class moms. The magazine gained rapid popularity, and within ten years had a circulation of 1.5 million readers, generating $15 million USD in annual revenue. A different magazine with the same name, but with no connection to the current one, was published in the United States 1884-1940.
The magazine is published in a large tabloid newspaper format, with about 60 pages per issue, and approximately 12% of the magazine devoted to advertisements. The cover generally features several headlines for internal articles, along with a picture of an "everyday" woman, showcasing something as a recipe, health/exercise tip, or weight loss success. Occasionally the cover may also feature celebrities.
According to a profile at magsdirect.com, the content in the magazine as of 2003 broke down into the following categories:
- Features: 32%
- Food and Nutrition: 22%
- Health: 16%
- Home and Gardening: 9%
- Beauty and Grooming: 8%
- Travel: 5%
- Fashion: 4%
- Parenting: 4%
According to magsdirect.com:
- Women: 95%
- Men: 5%
- Median age: 46
- Median household income: $50,192
- Employed: 66%
- Employed full-time: 51%
- Working mother: 32%
- Married: 60%
- Children in household: 47%
- Average age of children: 9.5
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- Profile, March 12, 2006, at magsdirect.com
- "Local woman featured on front of Woman's World magazine", August 25, 2006, The Californian
- "#410, Heinz Bauer", Forbes profile of Woman's World's billionaire publisher
- Bauer publishing history
- http://winit.womansworldmag.com/ Magazine website.
- "New German Entry in Women's Magazines", January 21, 1981, New York Times