Evanston, IL: 1914.
First Edition. Softcover. Good. Volume 1, No. 1 (January 31, 1914) and Volume 1, No. 14 (May 2, 1914) of "The North Shore Review," a little-known weekly newspaper published in Evanston, Illinois that billed itself as the first paper with an all-female staff. Ironically enough, it was founded by a man. John C. Shaffer, Publisher of the Chicago Evening Post and several other papers, announced his intentions for the paper in December, 1913, along with the appointment of Hetty Cattell (then a writer for the Rocky Mountain News, also owned by Shaffer) as Managing Editor. Although it was to be "run as a regular paper and not as a woman's publication," it was pronounced to be "in sympathy with the suffrage cause." Shaffer explains that "this issue of THE REVIEW is the culmination of a plan I have had I mind for more than a year of publishing a paper devoted to the interests of the Progressive Movement. The State of Illinois has invested women with new priviliges and likewise had imposed upon them new responsibilities--the right to vote and the right to hold office. THE REVIEW will be one of the means of point out to the women of Illinois their duties and obligations as citizens. It will seek to bring to their thought the new Progressive movement, its aims and purposes, and what it has thus far accomplished." Colorado suffrage activist Lillian Hartman Johnson was a staff writer and contributed a regular column on Women in Politics. The paper ran regular stories on local and national politics, also had a lighter side, including a Society column, Household Hints, Fashion Notes, and cartoons that centered on the battle of the sexes. Despite an early enthusiastic public response, the Review failed to capture enough advertiser interest and folded in 1916. We locate just three holdings in OCLC, at the Evanston Public Library, Northwestern, and (oddly) the Long Beach (CA) Public Library.
Physical description and condition: Issue #1 is 16 pp, 12" x 17", has a smoke odor and leaves are detached at the spine. Issue #14 is about 17.5" x 23.5", has a fainter smoke odor and some chipping along a horizontal fold. Good.