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The Freewoman:
A Weekly Feminist Review
Marsden, Dora (editor)
London: Stephen Swift and Co. Ltd., 1911-11-23 / 1912-10-10

Founded by Dora Marsden, with her friend Mary Gawthorpe as reluctant co-editor for the first few months, The Freewoman was a “Weekly Feminist Review” that moved beyond the vote to address issues such as prostitution, homosexuality, and other matters relating to class and gender. With the second volume, the subtitle was changed to “A Weekly Humanist Review,” indicating officially the broadening of Marsden’s interests. Many of the contributors also wrote for The New Age, but one of the most important, Rebecca West, got her start in this magazine at the age of nineteen. Some verse and fiction appeared but were not the main interests of the journal. With low circulation, The Freewoman struggled economically, and the publisher withdrew before the first year was completed, which ended the life of the magazine.

The Modernist Journals Project would like to thank New York University for providing us with hard copies of the first twelve issues of The Freewoman, and also thank Princeton University for scanning those twelve issues and additionally providing us with hard copies of the remaining 35 issues of the journal.


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