is a British lifestyle magazine aimed at women.
was first published in 1932. It is one of the UK's most famous women's magazines and is published by IPC Media
IPC Media , a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Inc., is a consumer magazine and digital publisher in the United Kingdom, with a large portfolio selling over 350 million copies each year.- Origins :...
The magazine has recently had a new look and now includes articles on celebrity gossip, real life stories, fashion, beauty, shopping deals, wellbeing, food, and travel. The editor is Karen Livermore.
has a worthy history. In 1987, Margaret Thatcher gave an interview to journalist Douglas Keay in which the Prime Minister gave her opinion of individual and governmental responsibility, usually reduced to the comment: “There is no such thing as society”. The magazine sponsors an annual Children of Courage Award, first launched in 1973, which recognises children who have shown heroism, endured pain, disability, or devoted their lives to caring for a family in need.
However, the magazine’s recent history has been troubled with a succession of editorial makeovers, relaunches and sudden departures. The magazine was left without an editor for five months from September 2006, following the abrupt resignation of Elsa McAlonan, just a few months after her second revamp of the title during her four years in charge. In 2007, Karen Livermore was brought in from Family Circle, another magazine within the IPC stable. Her £2 million facelift failed to stem a long-term slide in circulation that saw weekly sales slipping towards 340,000 by the end of 2007, down from 450,000 in 2005 and well behind the market leader, Take A Break
, circulation over 1 million.
Then in 2008, the accuracy of the magazine’s health and medical reporting was the subject of a Press Complaints Commission
The Press Complaints Commission is a voluntary regulatory body for British printed newspapers and magazines, consisting of representatives of the major publishers. The PCC is funded by the annual levy it charges newspapers and magazines...
enquiry with its journalistic ethics and its treatment of case studies questioned in the mainstream press. ("Jackie’s tale sets alarm bells ringing: how Woman’s Own sexed up Addison’s disease for its own ends.")