The Ladies Mercury of 1693

On this day in 1693, the first women’s magazine Ladies Mercury was published in England. It came about as a direct result of the Athenian Mercury, published two years previous. The founder of both, Mr John Dutton, first set about creating a magazine for men and women. However, sex and marriage, love and religion, the topics he chose to cover, become so popular with the ladies of the day, that he rejigged the concept and title to answer the multitudinous ‘reasonable questions’ sent by the fairer sex!