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A voice for women

Posted by: | September 27, 2010 | No Comment |

On 8 January, 1868, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (an editor of the paper) launched one of the best-known suffrage newspapers, “The Revolution” in Manhattan.

It was an assertive weekly that advocated controversial issues such as marriage reform, divorce laws, and women’s suffrage.  The paper only survived 2 years, but it gained public exposure for women’s suffrage, and Anthony, who was one of the movement’s most influential leaders.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony; c1900; Library of Congress

As the women’s suffrage movement began to grow, in 1870, the “Woman’s Journal” was founded and published in Boston by Lucy Stone and her husband Henry Browne Blackwell.

The first issue was published on 8 January, the two year anniversary of the first issue of “The Revolution”.  The “Woman’s Journalrefused to carry advertisements for tobacco, liquor, or drugs.

Advertisement for the “Woman’s Journal”, published on in Park St. Boston

In 1910, the “Woman’s Journal” took over “Progress” and operated in that way until 1912, when the American Woman Suffrage Association renamed it “Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News”.

By 1915, circulation had reached 27,634 from 2,328 in 1909.  The issue below was published in 1915 and reported progress in the struggle for women’s voting rights.

Saturday, 13 February 1915 issue of "Woman's Journal and Suffrage News"; photo taken at Newseum

In 1917, “Woman’s Journal and Suffrage News” merged with two other suffrage papers to become the “American Citizen”.

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