"Mademoiselle magazine, an old Esquire from the eighties"
Mademoiselle cover
Creative Commons AttributionMademoiselle cover - Credit: Dovima is Devine

 Mademoiselle was a women’s magazine first published in 1933 and famously featuring short stories by Truman Capote, Jane Bowles and Sylvia Plath, who fictionalised her internship there in her novel The Bell Jar. Mademoiselle folded in 2001.

The Bell Jar on Book Drum

 Esquire, ‘the Magazine for Men’, was founded by Arnold Gingrich in 1932. In the 1930s and 1940s it concentrated on men’s fashion and featured fiction by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Its popularity grew during the war years owing to its features on Vargas pin-up girls. In the 1960s it famously brought the concept of ‘New Journalism’ to the world, featuring writing by Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer. Esquire is still published, now in 17 countries.


Ms. magazine 2009
Creative Commons AttributionMs. magazine 2009 - Credit: QueenofSpainErin

 Ms. is a hugely influential American feminist magazine first published in 1971. It was co-founded by feminist activist Gloria Steinem and Letty Cottin Pogrebin. Between 1972 and 1987 it was published monthly. The magazine featured groundbreaking investigative journalism on subjects including rape, the glass ceiling, domestic violence and the wage gap. It is now published quarterly by the Feminist Majority Foundation.