New York: 1924-1926.]. The Woman Citizen was one of the most influential women’s publications of the early twentieth century. Carrie Chapman Catt founded the periodical in 1917 by merging the suffrage publications The Woman’s Journal (founded in 1870), The National Suffrage News, and Woman Voter. The initial funding for the magazine was provided by Mrs. Frank Leslie and allowed the wide circulation of The Woman Citizen: for example, every congressman was added to the mailing list free of charge. The periodical ceased publication in 1931. Eight issues from 1924 (January 12, January 26, February 23, March 8, June 14, June 28, August 9, December 13), one from 1925 (June 13), and five monthly issues from 1926 (April, May, June, July, and September). Light wear to wrappers, some creasing and chipping. Contemporary ink ownership signatures (first name Damaris, surname illegible)to the covers of some issues. Minor toning and some dampstaining to a few albums. A very good set of this early feminist magazine. Printed paper wrappers, most in color, each with a black-and-white illustration of an art piece by a woman (e.g., Portrait of Mrs. Nourse by Mary Beale). Fourteen volumes, 9 in. x 11 in. 32 pp. each volume. Item #17196
The Woman Citizen covered topics like politics, women’s history, arts and culture, prohibition, universal suffrage internationally, and the growing presence of women in fields like athletics, law, and government. Writers like Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Stone Blackwell, Alice Hamilton, Margaret Sanger, Cora Rigby, and Emily Newell Blair contributed their work to the periodical.
While these issues were published after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, certain articles still contemplate what women’s suffrage looks like in practice: “Does Your Vote Count?” asks one piece in the January 26, 1924 issue, while another from June of 1924 contemplates “The Democratic Riddle.”.