The Young Woman's Journal was an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) for the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association (YLMIA), then the LDS Church's organization for adolescent females.
|Founder||Susa Young Gates|
|First issue||October 1889|
Vol 40 No 10
|Company||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Based in||Salt Lake City|
History and profileEdit
The Young Woman's Journal was founded in 1889 by Susa Young Gates, a volunteer worker within the YLMIA, with its first issue dated October of that year. Anstis Elmina Shepard Taylor, the YLMIA general president at the time, oversaw the first publication of the journal. The periodical was unique for the time period, because of its target of a "young woman" audience.
Throughout its history, the periodical was edited by the general leadership board of the YLMIA under the direction of the organization's general presidency. It was published monthly until 1929, when the magazine was absorbed by the Improvement Era, an official publication of the YLMIA and the church's equivalent organization for male adolescents. The Improvement Era then served both organizations from that time forward.
The journal included messages from the MIA conferences, scriptural quotations, a plethora of short stories, recipes, meeting schedules, and pieces about morals, clothing, etc. Unlike current publications of the LDS Church, The Young Woman's Journal was subsidized by advertisements carried in the magazine.
- "Presidents of the Young Women Organization through the Years". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
- Toone, Trent (May 7, 2014). "10 remarkable women in LDS Church history". Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
- Tait, Lisa Olsen (2012). "The "Young Woman's Journal": Gender and Generations in a Mormon Women's Magazine". American Periodicals. 22 (1): 53. doi:10.1353/amp.2012.0002. JSTOR 23461239. S2CID 144872923.
- Young Woman's Journal (PDF scans) courtesy of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.