After a little digging around (well, actually I just checked Wikipedia) I unearthed plenty of information about Seventeen magazine!
"It began as a publication geared towards inspiring teen girls to become role models in work and citizenship." The magazine was birthed from an idea that then editor-in-chief, Helen Valentine, had in her mind to have a magazine for teenage girls focused on service and fashion. Most of the early articles focused on work, citizenship, fashion, and beauty.
Things really started to change up by the time Seventeen had it's 5th birthday. By this time Helen Valentine was no longer editor-in-chief and Seventeen started to shift towards a different ideal for women. It started to focus more on fashion, beauty, and consumerism, and a domesticated female.
Which Seventeen magazine would you prefer to read, the 1940s version or the ones today?