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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Political Cartoonists

Historically, women have found political or editorial cartooning to be one of the most difficult genres to break into. Even today, few female cartoonists make this the main focus of their careers, although they have made inroads in the field since the early twentieth century. Anne Mergen, editorial cartoonist for the Miami Daily News from 1933 to 1956, commented on leading issues and figures of her day but took particular interest in community welfare and such civic duties as voting. Contemporary cartoonists Signe Wilkinson, Lisa Benson, Jen Sorensen, Liza Donnelly, and Ann Telnaes have all addressed such women’s issues as the wage gap between men and women and unequal treatment of women in the workplace. They have also commented on many other topics as well, including fiscal policy, security, access to guns, and civil rights.