First published in March 1928 by Maclean Publishing the magazine and covered a variety of women's interests, from fashion, beauty and decor, to current affairs, health and food. From 1957 to 1977, Chatelaine's editor was Doris Anderson, under whose tenure the magazine was a leader in Canadian coverage of women's issues, including the rise of feminism as a social phenomenon. Other recent editors include Mildred Istona and Rona Maynard.
The magazine celebrated its 80th anniversary in May 2008.
Chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. Each chain is mounted with a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc. Chatelaines were worn by many housekeepers in the 19th century. They were also worn by Anglo Saxon women, as seen from the burial record.
The name chatelaine derives from the same term used to mean the female owner, or husband of the owner, of a large house. The chatelaine was designed to have all the tools necessary for the woman of the household to sort out any problem she may encounter in her day, like a fraying curtain.
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