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Traditional history textbooks and magazines depict men and the male perspective. Women are most often reduced to anonymous or insignificant charachters, if they are mentioned at all.
I want to change that! I want to offer a counterpoint to the male dominated history – a magazine that inspires and surprises its readers. That magazine is Historiskan, Sweden’s first women’s history magazine.
The magazine – which is in Swedish – highlights the many fascinating women of history, the prominent as well as the lesser-known. It features portraits of individual women as well as articles that put women and their contributions into a larger historical context. It mixes milestones and famous events in women’s history with more unfamiliar – but no less important – people and incidents.
The idea of a history magazine where women are allowed to take up the space they deserve came about in the autumn of 2013. A special issue of the magazine was published by LRF Media in April of this year, but Historiskan has since become an independent project and I now need your help to publish the next issue.
If we reach our goal here on Kickstarter it is my ambition to have the issue out in Swedish stores before Christmas and to continue publishing Historiskan four times a year.
What will your pledge go to?
Your pledge will go to article and image costs, print, distribution, wages and the rent of an office space.
Very few emerging magazines are able to pay their contributors reasonable wages, if any at all. But I aspire to offer those who contribute to Historiskan reasonable compensation from the very start.
A large portion of the money is swallowed up by print and distribution costs. Because Historiskan strives to be a sustainable business, I have chosen to work with an environmentally responsible printing house.