14 independent women’s magazines that should be on your reading list

But we also know, deep down, that a lot of these things are quite damaging to women’s sense of confidence and to the broader fight for gender equality.

But what is the alternative? Well, the good news is that there are a lot of them. In this article, we’ve teamed up with Coconut – the current account of freelancers and freelancers – to offer you a nice selection of independent women’s magazines that do things a little differently.

Gal-dem is an online and annual print magazine founded by Liv Little in 2015, who, frustrated by the lack of diversity at the University of Bristol, wanted to reach out to women of color like her. Topics covered include the arts, lifestyle, music, news and politics. Gal-dem also hosts events, including comedy nights, political panels, film festivals, bi-monthly gal-dem sugar club parties, and museum takeovers.

The Gentlewoman is a biannual magazine and website celebrating “modern women of style and determination” and offers a new and intelligent perspective on fashion that focuses on personal style – the way women look, think and look. dress in real life. Cover stars include Cindy Sherman, Allison Janney, Sophia Coppola, Zadie Smith, Kirsten Dunst and Saoirse Ronan.

Mary Review is a news and ideas magazine written and produced entirely by women. Its first issue was published in the fall of 2016, with the aim of bringing greater parity to the journalistic conversation. Topics for previous articles have included the poise of black women, the intimate beauty of watching people handle food, and how spouses of workers in the United States on H-1B visas find themselves trapped at home.

Gal-dem magazine

Based in Leeds and Manchester and reporting in five major cities, NRTH LASS is a print magazine passionate about the charm of northern English. The focus is on successful women and they aim to empower and inspire women in business, start-ups, art, literature, parenting, travel and leisure.

Founded in Tokyo in 2016 by Yuki Haze and Erika Bowes, Sukeban Magazine is an online platform that encourages and supports budding designers in the fashion industry. Their motivation was the lack of diversity (beyond the symbolic) in the industry and the fact that photographers, stylists, models, artists and other aspiring creatives find it difficult to make themselves known without a strong presence on the networks. social.

LYRA is a quarterly print magazine offering a feminine perspective on society, politics and the arts. Articles include journalistic investigations, philosophical essays, erotic stories, poetry, photography, fiction, and think pieces. It aims to encourage thoughtful dialogues and critical perspectives while showcasing the voices of young artists and writers.

Womankind is a print magazine and website published by Poet Press, which also publishes New Philosopher magazine. Ad-free feminine magazine focused on self, identity and meaning in today’s society, Womankind features leading journalists, authors and artists and covers culture, creativity, philosophy, nature and ways to live a more fulfilling life.

The nice woman

The nice woman

Girls Like Us is an independent print magazine for and by women that mixes politics and fun and aims to chart collaborative paths towards non-patriarchy. Comments and opinions on the arts, culture and activism are shared through personal stories, essays and visuals.

Launched in 2012, Ladybeard magazine is a feminist publication that takes the form and format of a glossy magazine but revolutionizes its content. “The mainstream media has created a culture of self-hatred,” they say. “It’s also quite boring. We grew up selling each other stories about purity, femininity and perfect happiness; now we want to tell new ones.

Created by Megan Conery and Molly Taylor, Hotdog is a poetry magazine dedicated to the work of women and non-binary people. He refuses to accept either the generalization that poetry is “inaccessible” or the distinction between low-browser and high-brow culture, and blurs the space between creativity and consumption, asking readers to rethink their view of literature. contemporary.

Riposte is a high-quality, award-winning independent print magazine for women. Each issue features interviews with “Bold and Fascinating Women,” who cover both their successes and failures with frankness and honesty. Essays and features cover a wide range of issues, including art, design, music, business, innovation, politics, food and travel.

Oh pretty

Oh pretty

First published in 2013, OOMK Zine is a biannual publication on women, art and activism that focuses on imagination, creativity and spirituality. Each issue revolves around a different creative theme; Number 6, for example, explores food as “art, enemy, friend and refuge”. This content is well integrated with more general content exploring topics of faith, activism and identity.

Oh Comely is a bimonthly independent magazine, made in London, which focuses on new writing, photography and illustration. There is a light and playful theme to their articles, on topics such as “Pom poms and protest”, “The pleasures of hiding” and “Self-love, surrealism and friendships forever”.

Based in New York and LA, Hannah is a biannual magazine and website that celebrates black women. “Hannah is a place where we are neither asked nor asked to justify our existence, our presence or our humanity,” they say. “It’s more of a space where you can just BE. A space where everyone is invited to take a seat at the family dinner table, as long as they respect the house rules. Topics covered include ethnomusicology, a fashion photoshoot in Lagos, and the ups and downs of travel and motherhood.

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