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Exhibition Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times

Herblock (1909–2001). “However, You Can Continue to Fight for Equal Employment Opportunities, Equal Advancement, Equal Pay. . . ,” 1994. Graphite, porous point pen, India ink, opaque white, and overlays over blue pencil underdrawing. Published in the Washington Post, January 1, 1994. Herbert L. Block Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. © Herb Block Foundation (032.01.00)

Women Excluded from Combat

As he informs a military woman of the 1994 Pentagon policy that restricts female soldiers from direct combat on the ground, an officer offers words supposedly intended to console. Stating that she “can continue to fight for equal employment opportunities, equal advancement, equal pay” underscores Herblock’s commentary on the injustice of the ruling and references unequal treatment experienced by women in many fields. The same day Herblock’s cartoon appeared, a Washington Post article discussed the glass ceiling notably limiting advancement of women in federal government jobs.