The Woman's Leader


The Woman's Leader


This journal initially joined with The Common Cause (1909-1920) and was associated with the National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship and later the National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds. A journal of politics and social reform that advocates for "a real equality of liberties, status, and opportunities between men and women."

Doughan states that, despite its sober appearance The Woman's Leader was the most substantial and vigorous feminist periodical of the 1920s, campaigning for equal franchise, abolition of the marriage bar, equal knowledge of birth control, equal pay, and may other feminist issues. It also provided a forum for feminist of disparate tendencies. Its own line tended to be “liberal” feminist, although it also found itself on the same side as at least the women of the Labour Party (of which it could be highly critical, too). Regular contributors included Mary Stocks, Eva Hubback, and Eleanor Rathbone.






Weekly, then monthly


The National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship
The National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds

Collection Items

The Woman's Leader 12.1 (6 February 1920)
This issue is headed by "The Future of the Women's Movement" by Millicent Garret Fawcett, and includes a report on the League of Nations by Lord Robert Cecil and the first part of a story by Elizabeth Robins. Other articles deal with such topics as…

Women and National Production
An article by Eleanor Rathbone on women's contribution to industrial production in Britain both during and just after the War. Rathbone emphasizes reports that women demonstrate particular ability in mass production and "semi-skilled repetition…

The Woman's Leader 21.48 (3 January 1930)
This issue includes articles on women in politics, women in the Church, women in literature, and even women in the air, in addition to a retrospective on the events of 1929.
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