Magazines from the past

1895-Who knew? In the late 19th century, an American society lady in St. Louis, Rosa Sonneschein (below), published the first English language magazine for the newly emigrated Jewish woman. It was published from 1895-99, appealing to the upwardly mobile educated Jewish communities, starting their European lives all over again in St. Louis, Boston and other U.S. cities. Literature, lifestyle, living arrangements were just some of the topics written by and for this new sector to be assimilated into and influenced by American society. Have a look here!

1971-- First issue of Ms. Magazine, co-founded by Gloria Steinem, debuted in New York Magazine, and continued as a supplement until it spun off on its own in Spring, '72. One of the pieces was a satire, "I Want a Wife," written by Judy Syker, herself a housewife and mother: (Read here): "...I want a wife who will take care of my physical needs. I want a wife who will keep my house clean. A wife who will pick up after my children, a wife who will pick up after me. I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean, ironed, mended, replaced when need be, and who will see to it that my personal things are kept in their proper place so that I can find what I need the minute I need it. I want a wife who cooks the meals, a wife who is a good cook..."