"I shall try to do what I see lady journalists do"
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The Woman's Signal, February 1899
Public DomainThe Woman's Signal, February 1899

Female journalists were still a rarity in 1890s England, but times were starting to change.  "Ladies' Pages" appeared in newspapers such as the Illustrated London News and the Pall Mall Gazette, providing space for women to write about fashion, society and home-making.  Some strayed beyond these narrow bounds.

American women may have been ahead of their British counterparts in this respect, with journalists like Mary Clemmer Ames writing columns as early as the 1860s.  Jane G. Swisshelm, the first female Washington correspondent, caused a stir in 1850 by demanding that she be allowed to sit in the Senate Press Gallery along with the male journalists.  By 1879, at least twenty women had followed her example.

On both sides of the Atlantic early female journalists were often proponents of the Women's Suffrage movement.

The Woman's Signal was a weekly temperance and feminist magazine published between 1894 and 1899 - the time of Dracula's writing and publication.  The magazine was edited by Florence Fenwick-Miller, a pioneer "lady journalist", Lady Isabella Somerset, and the novelist Annie Holdsworth.

Read an 1894 Woman's Signal interview with William Morris on the subject of "A Living Wage for Women".