The Una

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The Una
"Out of great heart of nature seek we truth"
The Una (newspaper).jpg
Typereform journal
Founder(s)Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis
Associate editorCaroline Healey Dall
FoundedFebruary 1, 1853
Ceased publicationOctober 1855
HeadquartersProvidence, Rhode Island
CityBoston, Massachusetts

The Una was one of the first feminist periodicals owned, written, and edited entirely by women. Launched in Providence, Rhode Island by Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis in February 1853, it eventually relocated to Boston. "Out of great heart of nature seek we truth" was the quote in volume 1 number 1.


In 1853, The Una, a paper devoted to the enfranchisement of woman, owned and edited by Paulina Wright Davis, was first published in Providence, Rhode Island.[1][2] The Una was the first ever paper focused on woman suffrage, and the first distinctively woman's rights journal ever published.[3] Its mystical name signified "truth", to be used as a constant suggestion of fidelity to all. The Una had many notable correspondents such as William H. Channing, Elizabeth Peabody, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Rev. A. D. Mayo, Dr. William Elder, Ednah D. Cheney, Caroline H. Dall, Fanny Fern, Elizabeth Oakes Smith, Frances D. Gage, Hannah Tracy Cutler, Abby H. Price, Marion Finch, of Liverpool, Hon. John Neal, of Portland, Lucy Stone, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.[4] For nearly three years Davis continued The Una, doing so entirely at her own expense. It took the broadest ground claimed of that day: individual freedom in the State, the Church, and the home; woman's equality and suffrage as a natural right.[3]

After the paper removed to the Boston publisher S. C. Hewitt, Caroline Healey Dall became associate editor, and for some time, assisted in the editorial department,[2] where it continued to be published until October 1855. Davis viewed The Una as a reform journal, while Dall wanted to advance it as a literary journal.[5] Its counterparts were Genius of Liberty and the [[The Lily (newspaper)|Lily.[6]


  1. ^ Lemay, Kate Clarke; Goodier, Susan; Tetrault, Lisa; Jones, Martha (2019). Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence. 269: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691191171.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ a b Stanton, Anthony & Gage 1889, p. 46, 246.
  3. ^ a b Stanton, Anthony & Gage 1889, p. 286-87.
  4. ^ Stanton, Anthony & Gage 1889, p. 246.
  5. ^ Ceniza 2013, p. 105-06.
  6. ^ Bateham & Harris 1855, p. 13.
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