One of the most important contributions to women’s rights and literature in Japan in the 20th century was the nation’s first all-women’s literary magazine, Bluestocking, or Seito.

Launched in September 1911 with its first issue selling more than 1,000 copies, the magazine averaged 3,000 copies per month at its height before it was forced to shut down in 1916 after the government threatened the magazine’s distributors with fines.

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