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Working Mother
(cover, October-November 2014)
Editor in ChiefAudrey Goodson Kingo
PresidentSubha V. Barry
Frequencyonline only
FounderMilton Lieberman
CompanyBonnier Corp.

Working Mother was a magazine for working mothers launched in 1979 by Founding Publisher Milton Lieberman, who was succeeded by Carol Evans [1].[2] The founding editor of the magazine was Vivian Cadden, who retired as editor in 1990.[3] Subsequent editors have included Judsen Culbreth,[4] Suzanne Riss[5] and Jennifer Owens.[6] In December 2016, Meredith Bodgas was named editor-in-chief.[7]


Working Mother was launched by McCall Publishing Co. in 1979.[8][9] Since 1985, Working Mother has compiled a list of the 100 Best Companies for working mothers based on a survey.[10] In 1986, Working Mother and Working Woman, its sister publication, were sold to Time Inc. and Lang Communications.[11]

In 1996, Lang Communications sold Working Mother, along with Ms. and Working Woman, to MacDonald Communications.[12] The following year, MacDonald Communications reduced the frequency of Working Mother and Working Woman to 10 editions per year.[13]

Working Mother Media[edit]

In August 2001, MacDonald Communications underwent restructuring and created Working Mother Media (WMM), which was composed of Working Mother and Working Woman.[14] It was announced that Carol Evans would return to manage the new company.[14] In a statement, Evans announced that Working Woman would fold after its 25th anniversary edition in September 2001.

In December 2006, Working Mother Media acquired Diversity Best Practices, a corporate membership organization.[15] In September 2008, Bonnier Corp announced it was acquiring Working Mother Media.[16] In 2010, the Working Mother Research Institute was founded by Jennifer Owens and made part of WMM.[17]

In 2014, the magazine named Meghan Stabler one of its Working Mothers of the Year, making her the first openly transgender woman to receive that honor.[18] That same year, the magazine reduced the number of issues it produced from eight to four.[19] Carol Evans left Working Mother in 2015 to start Carol Evans Enterprises.[20] She was succeeded by Subha V. Barry.[1] In December 2016, Meredith Bodgas was named editor-in-chief of Working Mother.[7]

In 2018, Working Mother released its first Best Companies for Dads list.[21]

The October/November 2020 issue was Working Mother's final print edition.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Carol Evans Leaves Working Mother Media". Folio. 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  2. ^ "Break This Down: Working Mother Media Founder Carol Evans Discusses Equal Pay Day | Barnard College". barnard.edu. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  3. ^ "Vivian Cadden, 78, Writer and Editor". The New York Times. 1995-05-29. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  4. ^ "WEDDINGS; Judsen Culbreth, Walter Kirkland". The New York Times. 2002-01-13. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  5. ^ Hannagan, Charley (2009-05-31). "Q&A with editor of Working Mother magazine: Stress is working mom's top challenge". syracuse.com. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  6. ^ "The Gender Pay Gap: One Way To Solve The Issue". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  7. ^ a b O'Shea, Chris. "Meredith Bodgas Named Editor of Working Mother". www.adweek.com. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  8. ^ "Bonnier buys Working Mother Media". Crain's New York Business. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  9. ^ Johnson, Mary (23 September 2016). "MEDIA: The magazine exec who gave a voice to working moms". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  10. ^ "Working Mother on its 100 Best Companies: 'This generation is demanding more'". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  11. ^ Therese Lueck (1995). Women's Periodicals in the United States: Consumer Magazines. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-313-28631-5.
  12. ^ "A Return to Tough Times for Ms. Magazine". Los Angeles Times. 1998-09-24. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  13. ^ "MacDonald restructures two magazines". adage.com. 1996-11-04. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  14. ^ a b Stern, Christopher (18 August 2001). "Working Woman Magazine To Fold".
  15. ^ "Big Idea - Carol Evans". Folio. 2007-07-31. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  16. ^ "Bonnier Acquires Working Mother Media". adage.com. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  17. ^ "HealthyWomen Welcomes Two Exceptional Leaders to Its Team". HealthyWomen. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  18. ^ Burns, Hilary (15 October 2014). "First transgender woman named Working Mother of the Year". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  19. ^ "Working Mother Diversifies Revenue By Recognizing New Demographics". Folio. 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  20. ^ "'Working Mother' Carol Evans guest at Speakers Series". lohud.com. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  21. ^ "Working Mothers releases its 'Best Companies for Dads' list". HR Dive. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  22. ^ It’s the End of the Work World as We Know It