Saturday, 16 March 2013

Talk: Woman's Outlook – a surprisingly modern magazine, 6pm, Thursday March 21

I'm doing my first ever talk at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum soon, about Woman's Outlook, a co-operative women's magazine which ran between 1919 and 1967. I've spent quite a bit of time researching the magazine in the National Co-operative Archive, and taking photos, and will be sharing what I found out and how I feel the magazine compares to magazines aimed at women today, in the form of a magazine. I've also conducted interviews with some inspiring women who were members of the co-operative women's movement in the second half of the twentieth century.

If you would like to attend, please book here. The event will start at 6pm and is free to attend.

Woman's Outlook – a surprisingly modern magazine? 

For nearly five decades, Woman’s Outlook was the voice of the Co-operative Women’s Guild, the campaigning organisation which worked to raise the status of women both in the co-operative movement and in society, and its onetime editor Mary Stott later became a longstanding editor of the Guardian women’s pages.

From its origins in Manchester in 1919, Outlook provided an enticing mixture of articles addressing both the personal and the political, combining fashion, fiction, features and recipes with advice for working women – in many ways, not dissimilar to the content of women’s magazines today!

Woman’s Outlook: a surprisingly modern magazine?’ will explore some of the key issues addressed in Outlook, and look at how the magazine encouraged women to get involved in campaigning for a better world. Topics covered by Outlook such as women's representation in parliament, equal pay and healthy eating remain highly relevant today, and the talk will end by considering whether the type of content provided by 21st century women’s lifestyle magazines has really changed much since the days of Outlook.

The talk will take place in the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, which is based in the original building where the first successful co-operative shop opened in 1844 and has recently been refurbished. The Museum is well worth a visit and is a 15 minute walk from Rochdale train station, which has regular trains to Manchester. There are also buses to Rochdale, and a recently-opened tram!

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I had the opportunity to test my talk out at the most recent Islington Mill Art Academy open crit. Read about it at

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