Châtelaine, founded Oct 1960 and published in Montréal by Maclean Hunter Ltée, now a part of the Rogers Communications media empire, is one of the largest French-language women's magazines in the world, with a total paid circulation of
The magazine has played an important role in Québec for the last quarter century. Virtually alone in the field when it first appeared, at a time when TV-though still in its infancy-had virtually wiped out francophone magazines, it decided that its mandate would be to inform Québec women of the huge changes in society and in their family and personal roles. From its first issues, it has tackled controversial issues such as contraception, equal rights for women, divorce, child care and the role of women in politics. The publication has also offered its readers fiction by the country's best writers, including Gabrielle ROY, Anne HÉBERT and Yves THÉRIAULT. Over the years, major sections on fashion, food and consumerism have been added.