Woman's Journal

Significant Women's Suffrage Publication 1870-1931

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Dates: 1870 - 1917, became Woman Citizen 1917 - 1927, resumed original name 1927 - 1931

Known for: journal of the American Woman Suffrage Association and later National American Woman Suffrage Association

Editors/Writers/Publishers Include:

Lucy Stone, Mary Livermore, Julia Ward Howe, Henry Blackwell, Alice Stone Blackwell (editor for 30 years, from 1883), Blanche Ames (art editor)

About Woman's Journal

Founded after the post-Civil War split in the woman's movement, The Woman's Journal represented the views of what was considered the more conservative of the two branches.

The American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) supported winning suffrage state-by-state, limited its agenda to woman's vote, and did not oppose black (male) suffrage and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth constitutional amendments. The AWSA merged with former rival National Woman Suffrage Association in 1890 to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

American Woman Suffrage Association

The Woman's Journal's first issue was published January 8, 1870, on the second anniversary of the first edition of rival suffrage publication The Revolution. Unlike The Revolution, which took on other issues like marriage and employment fairness, The Woman's Journal focused on women's suffrage. The Woman's Journal also tended to align, in its early years, with Republican Party positions, especially around Reconstruction.

National American Woman Suffrage Association

In 1910, 20 years after the American Woman Suffrage Association merged with the National Woman Suffrage Association to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association, The Woman's Journal was merged with the NAWSA official publication, and the merged publication in 1912 was renamed Woman's Journal and Suffrage News.

In 1917, NAWSA leader Carrie Chapman Catt merged the Woman's Journal and Suffrage News with a publication of the New York City Woman Suffrage Party, The Woman Voter, and also with NAWSA's official publication, National Suffrage News. The publication was renamed Woman Citizen.

After 1920

After the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became law in 1920, the weekly paper eventually declined to monthly publication.

It resumed the name The Woman's Journal in 1927, and continued publication until June, 1931.