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Branching out was initially incorporated as New Women's Magazine Society in 1973. Published in Edmonton from 1973 to 1980, Branching Out was a high quality magazine produced by volunteers with a mandate to publish literature, art and feminist analysis by Canadian women. They sought to create a professional magazine and solicited contributions of prose, poetry, photography, book and film reviews, and news about women's groups across the country. This was in stark contrast to many women's magazines at the time that concentrated on traditional feminine subjects such as housekeeping and knitting patterns. The first issue appeared on shelves in December 1974. Sharon Batt and Susan McMaster were the founding and long term editors and the magazine was staffed by volunteers. Submissions were solicited and a nominal fee was paid. With the exception of hiring a printer, the staff handled all aspects of publication, from layout to distribution.