The First Literary
Journal for Women
The Lady's Magazine, and Repository
of Entertaining Knowledge. . . .
Philadelphia: W. Gibbons, 1792-93
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The editors of this journal for women published
in the United States promised to provide a variety of prose and
poetry to "inspire the FEMALE MIND with a love of religion, of
patience, prudence, and fortitude." The plan was to publish a
volume of a least 300 pages every six months, including reviews
of new literature, and summaries of foreign news. This frontispiece
of the first issue, engraved by James Thackara and John Vallance,
honored Mary Wollstonecraft by depicting the "Genius of the Ladies
Magazine" presenting Liberty with a copy of A Vindication of the
Rights of Woman, the cornerstone treatise on women's rights.