Hale, Sarah Josepha

Hale, Sarah Josepha (Buell),

1788–1879, American author, editor, and feminist, b. near Newport, N.H. In 1828 she became editor of the Ladies' Magazine, Boston, and in 1837 of Godey's Lady's Book, Philadelphia, where she remained over 40 years. The illustrated Lady's Book strongly influenced fashions and manners of her day. Mrs. Hale cultivated female authors and constantly urged the higher education of women. She also advocated a national Thanksgiving holiday. Her poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was published in her Poems for Our Children (1830).


See O. W. Burt, First Woman Editor (1960).

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Hale, Sarah Josepha (b. Buell)

(1788–1879) editor, writer; born in Newport, N.H. She was editor of Ladies' Magazine (1828–37), the first successful U.S. women's magazine, and Godey's Lady's Book (1837–77), with which it merged. She also wrote verse, a popular cookbook, and other material aimed at women. Though largely a traditionalist, she energetically promoted female education.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
References in periodicals archive ?
Hale, Sarah Josepha, by Nicole Tonkovich Hoffman, 7.2 (1990): 47-54.