In the early 1830s many educated women read the Ladies’ Magazine, edited by Sarah Hale.
It offered advice, poems, short biographies of famous women, descriptions of women’s charity groups, and reports on advances in girls’ education.
Although it promised to “mark the progress of female improvement,” it insisted that “meekness” was “woman’s highest ornament.” Another magazine, Godey’s Lady’s Book, featured pictures of the latest fashions, all carefully hand-colored by women workers.
There were also poems, stories, and homemaking tips—but nothing about working women or politics.
Sarah Hale became this magazine’s editor in 1837; she raised subscriptions from 10,000 to 150,000 by 1860.