Preaching to the Ladies
Within the flourishing society and fashion columns, specifically aimed at women in the newspapers of the eighties and nineties, women writers continued the established practice of engagement with their readers. Such dialogue had long been a feature of Victorian women’s magazines.1 Florence Fenwick Miller’s relationship with readers of her lively ‘Ladies’ Page’,2 in the Illustrated London News (ILN), repays attention in the light of her expressed views on the journalist’s power to influence. An ardent suffragist, she blended fashion with feminism to promote those women’s causes she supported. In doing so she met her readers on rather different terms from those commonly governing encounters between the reading public and the lady journalists who wrote their fashion, shopping and social pages.
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