Woman's Journal

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Woman's Journal
Woman's Journal of March 8, 1913.jpg
March 8, 1913 front page of the Woman's Journal and Suffrage News depicting the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Leslie Woman Suffrage Commission (1917-1931)
Founder(s) Lucy Stone
Henry Browne Blackwell
Founded January 8, 1870 (Boston, Massachusetts)
Ceased publication June 1931
Circulation 27,634 (1915)
Advertisement for Woman's Journal, 1887

Woman's Journal was a women's rights periodical published from 1870-1931.


Woman's Journal was founded in 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts by Lucy Stone and her husband Henry Browne Blackwell as a weekly newspaper. The new paper incorporated Mary A. Livermore's The Agitator, as well as a lesser known periodical called the Woman's Advocate.

The first issue was published on January 8, on the two-year anniversary of the first issue of Susan B. Anthony's The Revolution. Stone and Blackwell served as editors, with assistance from Livermore. Julia Ward Howe edited from 1872-1879. The daughter of Stone and Blackwell, Alice Stone Blackwell, began editing in 1883, and took over as sole editor after her father's death in 1909, continuing until 1917. Contributors included Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Mary Johnston, Stephen S. Wise, Zona Gale, Florence Kelley, Witter Bynner, Ben B. Lindsey, Louisa May Alcott and Caroline Bartlett Crane. William Lloyd Garrison was a frequent contributor. Around 1887, headquarters were located in Boston on Park Street.[1]

Woman's Journal refused to carry advertisements for tobacco, liquor, or drugs.

In 1910, Woman's Journal absorbed Progress, the official organ of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Until 1912, it served in that capacity, at which point it was renamed Woman's Journal and Suffrage News. By 1915, circulation had reached 27,634, up from 2,328 in 1909.

In 1917, Woman's Journal was purchased by Carrie Chapman Catt's Leslie Woman Suffrage Commission for $50,000,[2] and merged with The Woman Voter, the official journal of the Woman Suffrage Party of New York City, and NAWSA's National Suffrage News to became known as Woman Citizen. It served as NAWSA's official organ until 1920,[3] when NAWSA was reformed as the League of Women Voters, and the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed granting women the right to vote.

Publication of Woman Citizen slowed from weekly, to bi-weekly, to monthly. In 1927, it was renamed The Woman's Journal. It ceased publication in June 1931.

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  1. ^ Boston Almanac & Business Directory. 1887
  2. ^ The record of the Leslie woman suffrage commission, inc., 1917-1929, by Rose Young.
  3. ^ Library of Congress. American Memory: Votes for Women. One Hundred Years toward Suffrage: An Overview, compiled by E. Susan Barber with additions by Barbara Orbach Natanson. Retrieved on 19 May 2010.


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