Equal To The Occasion: Women Editors On The by Sherilyn Cox Bennion

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13 Its first number listed Mrs. M. Schultz as "Editress" and Mrs. F. H. Day as "Associate Editress," but Mrs. Schultz resigned within a month because of ill health, and Hermione Ball Day carried on as editor until she sold the magazine four years later. Hermione Ball was born on July 18, 1826, in Buffalo, New York. Little is known about her early life. At the time of her marriage to Fidelio D. Parke in 1842, she was living with her older brother in Erie, Pennsylvania. Her daughter, Clara, was born in Buffalo about 1850, and they moved to California within the next year or two.

W. Clarke had become the focus of a bitter struggle between mother and son. After her husband's death, Page 16 Clarke had given her son power of attorney. She intended to revoke it when she became well, according to her testimony in December 1879 at a court action seeking removal of her son as administrator of his father's estate. However, when she did revoke it, her son paid her a "horrifying" visit, railing at her and charging her with extravagance. The only extravagance she could remember, she told the judge and counsel who came to her sickbed to hear her testimony, was her request to have some photographs of her husband copied because she had none.

The early periodicals for women were closely related to the magazines of general literature, with literature more broadly defined than it is today. " 2 The women's magazines also resembled a large group of publications with "home" or "household" in their titles, like the Home Alliance of Woodland, California, and the Pacific Household Journal of Los Angeles. Although these included men in their prospective audiences, they no doubt attracted mainly women. The suffrage papers also developed an audience composed mainly of women, even though their editors certainly sought to win male subscribers as well.

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