EMMA (magazine)

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September 1998 cover: Romy Schneider, Alice Schwarzer
Editor-in-ChiefAlice Schwarzer
CategoriesWomen's magazine
FrequencySix times per year
First issue26 January 1977; 42 years ago (1977-01-26)
Based inCologne

EMMA is a German feminist magazine. Its print edition is published every two months in Cologne, Germany.

History and profile[edit]

The first issue of EMMA was published on 26 January 1977.[1][2] The founder of the magazine was Alice Schwarzer,[1] who is still publisher and editor-in-chief. The magazine was modelled on the American magazine Ms in terms of content, targeted audience and layout.[3] It has its headquarters in Cologne.[4] In December 2002, the EMMA website was launched.

The name of the magazine is a wordplay of the term emancipation.[2]

Since its foundation, EMMA has been the leading feminist magazine in Germany, and the only political magazine in Europe entirely run by women.[4]

The magazine has often been criticised for its opinionated and activist stance. However, it has affected German society, creating awareness for and instigating debates on social and women's issues.[5]

Until 2010 the magazine was published every two months.[2] It began to come out quarterly in 2010, but in 2013 it again began to be published every two months.[2]

The estimated circulation of the magazine was 60,000 copies in 2012.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Catherine C. Fraser; Dierk O. Hoffmann (1 January 2006). Pop Culture Germany!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle. ABC-CLIO. p. 201. ISBN 978-1-85109-733-3. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kristina Wydra. "For women, by women – Alice Schwarzer and the feminist magazine EMMA". Alumni Portal. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  3. ^ Patricia Melzer (2009). "'Death in the Shape of a Young Girl': Feminist Responses to Media Representations of Women Terrorists during the 'German Autumn' of 1977". International Feminist Journal of Politics. 11 (1): 35–62. doi:10.1080/14616740802567782.
  4. ^ a b Hanifa Deen (1 January 2006). The Crescent and the Pen: The Strange Journey of Taslima Nasreen. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 186. ISBN 978-0-275-99167-8. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Happy Birthday, Emma: German Feminist Magazine Turns 30", Deutsche Welle, 25 January 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2010.


  • Alice Schwarzer: Emma. Die ersten 30 Jahre. München 2007: Kollektion Rolf Heyne. (in German)

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