Women's magazines, 2013

Women's magazines

Early magazines and periodicals are prized by scholars in the arts and social sciences as a window into all aspects of social life. As part of our project to preserve all Canadian magazines prior 1920, Canadiana.org has digitized a selection of popular women's magazines for long-term preservation on Early Canadian Online:

The Canadian Home Journal (25 issues, 1895-1901)

Canadian Home Journal (16 issues, 1910-18)

Ladies' Pictorial Weekly (18 issues, 1892)

Delineator (49 issues, 1891-1900)

The Canadian Queen (19 issues, 1890-92)

Scholars of history and newsmedia debate the ambiguous role these publications played in shaping women's personal identities and wider social status: on the one hand, giving voice to women writers and providing a broad forum to content that appealed to women readers; on the other, limiting this editorial content to home and family issues, tawdry romances, and the marketing of consumer goods such as fashion.

Early Canadian Periodicals

Learn more about ECP, our project to digitize all Canadian periodicals until 1920: How it got started, how it works, and the treasures to be found in it.