As the most widely recognized suffrage journal in the United States, The Woman's Journal served as a significant vehicle for promoting the suffrage cause.
First published in 1870, The Woman’s Journal announced itself as “a Weekly Newspaper, published every Saturday, in Boston and Chicago, devoted to the interests of Woman, to her educational, industrial, legal and political Equality, and especially to her right of Suffrage.”1 This publication quickly became the leading suffrage journal to advertise local, national, and international news on women’s rights issues.
Poster advertising The Woman's Journal. (Credit: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, Harvard University.)
While Lucy Stone established the publication, Mary Livermore served as its first editor, with the assistance of Stone, Julia Ward Howe, William Lloyd Garrison, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.2 In 1872, Lucy Stone took over as senior editor alongside her husband Henry Blackwell, with many local and national leaders of the movement contributing to its publications. Alice Stone Blackwell, the daughter of Lucy and Henry, took up editorial duties of The Woman’s Journal after her mother’s death in 1893.3
Since its editors held leadership roles in the state, regional, and national organizations, the offices of The Woman’s Journal often shared the same office spaces of suffrage organizations. Its first offices occupied rooms at 3 Tremont Place; later office spaces included 3 Park Street, 6 Beacon Street, and 585 Boylston Street.4
The Woman’s Journal ran until 1917, when it joined with other suffrage publications to become The Woman Citizen, published in New York.5
- “The Woman’s Journal,” The Woman’s Journal, January 8, 1870, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, https://iiif.lib.harvard.edu/manifests/view/drs:48852545$5i.
- Ibid.; Barbara Berenson, Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2018).
- Barbara Berenson, Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2018).
- Lois Bannister Merk, “Massachusetts and the Woman Suffrage Movement” (Phd diss., Radcliffe College, 1961). Independent Historian Lyle Nyberg has tracked many of the locations of Boston suffrage organizations. For more information, please visit the webpage Suffrage Organizations of Boston.
- See The Woman Citizen, https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008868782.