The [i][b]Ladies' Magazine[/b][/i] was an early magazine for women published in [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston,_Massachusetts]Boston, Massachusetts[/url]. Also known as [i]Ladies Magazine and Literary Gazette[/i] and , later as [i]American Ladies Magazine[/i], it was designed to be American, and named to separate itself from the [i][url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady%27s_Magazine]Lady's Magazine[/url][/i] of London. The magazine was founded by Reverend John Lauris Blake, Episcopal minister and headmaster of the Cornhill School for Young Ladies, who desired to set a model for American womanhood.
It is thought to have been the first magazine to be edited by a woman; from 1827 until 1836, its editor was [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Josepha_Hale]Sarah Josepha Hale[/url].As editor, Hale hoped she could aid in the education of women, as she wrote, "not that they may usurp the situation, or encroach on the prerogatives of man; but that each individual may lend her aid to the intellectual and moral character of those within her sphere.
In 1837 it merged with the [i]Lady's Book and Magazine[/i] published in Philadelphia by [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Antoine_Godey]Louis Antoine Godey[/url] and better known by its later name, [i][url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godey%27s_Lady%27s_Book]Godey's Lady's Book[/url][/i]. Hale moved from Boston to Philadelphia to edit the new, combined magazine.