Magazines The Best Women's Magazines (US)  

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List Rules Magazines directed at women only! Political or other special interest mags belong on a different list.

A list of the top US Women's Interest Magazines, as voted on by readers of the publication. Quality of writing, strength of voice, variety of topics covered and usefulness of articles were all taken into consideration when making this list. Women's interest magazines have always been the bread-and-butter of publishing companies because they offer so many opportunities for advertisers. In the past century, women have benefited this as the number and variety of magazines targeting towards them continues to grow. 

Cosmopolitan's Helen Gurley Brown was arguably the most influential women's magazine editor. Her days revamping Cosmopolitan in the 1960s paved the way for many more magazines to develop a voice that is more consistent with what women actually care about. (Thus the move away from predominately housekeeping related magazines to magazines about sex, friendships and work drama.)  

Featuring the most popular magazines centering on female related issues, this list includes famous women's mags like Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, and more. 

Which US women's magazines do you devour every month? Which ones are overrated? Vote on the list below and add your favorites. 

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231 121
Cosmopolitan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine

2
121 57
Women's Health is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

3
156 83
Elle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine

4
182 108
VOGUE is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine

5
98 59
Harper's Bazaar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

6
88 51
InStyle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

7
103 66
Vanity Fair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

8
99 66
Real Simple is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine

9
52 35
Allure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

10
49 33
Redbook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine

11
58 43
People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
News

12
68 55
Woman's Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

13
45 34
Teen Vogue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Teen magazine

14
48 40
Health is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine

15
71 65
O, The Oprah Magazine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine

16
29 21
Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
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17
45 39
Shape is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine

18
41 36
First for Women is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

19
41 38
Lucky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine

20
35 32
Prevention is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

21
27 24
Family Circle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine

22
29 30
Martha Stewart Living is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

23
43 47
Woman's World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

24
22 22
More is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)

25
21 21
Nylon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Women's Magazines (US)
Women's magazine