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Woman's Own is a British lifestyle magazine aimed at women.

Woman's Own was first published in 1932. It is one of the UK's most famous women's magazines and is published by IPC Media. 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.

Woman’s Own 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”.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3][4]

Then in 2008, the accuracy of the magazine’s health and medical reporting was the subject of a Press Complaints Commission 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.")[5]


  1. ^ Margaret Thatcher [1]Interview for Woman's Own, 23 September 1987, as reproduced on the Margaret Thatcher Foundation website
  2. ^ IPC Media press release
  3. ^ Chris Tryhorn "Bella sales hit a flat note",, Thursday February 14 2008
  4. ^ Claire Cozens "Celebrity mags still on the rise",, Thursday February 17 2005[]
  5. ^ Ben Goldacre "Bad Science", The Guardian, 8 November 2008

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