New Editor of "The Women's World"

In April of 1887, Oscar Wilde became the edition of "The Lady's World," which later became titled "The Woman's World." The original print, "The Lady's World," was "a very vulgar, trivial and stupid production' in Wilde's world. When he became an edition, his first matter on the agenda was to change it to what it is known today of "The Woman's World." Wilde promised that he would work during the duration of his editorship to have the magazine "take a wider range as well as a high standpoint and deal with merely with what women wear but with what they think and feel'. And that is what Wilde did. Wilde noticed him primarily due to the need to have a regular income. He was, in a sense living out of his reasonable means, so he took on the role as a way to fund it. Another modification is that he believed that women have an entire identity outside the patriarchal society, which he held as an individualist.  According to the Oxford dictionary, individualism is defined as advocating for people's free and independent actions in both economic and social affairs. Wanting to correct the mistakes of the past editors of the magazine, he worked to bring forth bring the narrative of what women were dealing with, education and employment, politics, and literature. Commission different woman authors for the magazine written for women and others to consume made by women. This was, during its time, a scarce thing to find within magazine culture.

Sources:  Entering "The Woman's World": Oscar Wilde as Editor of a Woman's Magazine (  

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1887 to 1889

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