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The Grand Rapids Public Library completed digitization of its “Woman” Magazine collection, thanks in large part to the efforts of one of our History & Special Collections department volunteers.

“Woman” was a local weekly magazine founded in 1908 by a group of women. Although short-lived (only ten issues were published between November 21, 1908 and January 23, 1909), articles in the magazine tackled issues like suffrage, wage equity for women, national and international news, and more.

Browsing the pages of the issue reveals a great deal of what was life was like for many women in Grand Rapids at the start of the 20th century. The magazine also published advice columns, theater news, personal ads, and other societal happenings.

A subscription to “Woman” cost $1.00 a year (or a nickel a copy). Unfortunately, lack of financial support ultimately ended the magazine. Now that the magazine is digitized, patrons can read the magazine remotely anytime!

Find the digitized collection here: 


“Woman” magazine is available online thanks to support from the Nokomis Foundation Legacy Fund. While you’re viewing the magazine, browse the other digitized collections housed at the Grand Rapids Public Library, including early issues of The Grand Rapids Herald, photos of many Grand Rapids mayors, and more! For further information about the collections at the Grand Rapids Public Library, please email or call (616) 988-5402.