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Changes, written by Liza Donnelly in her blog http://nocountryforyoungwomen.com/2012/09/liza-cartoonist-–-on-humor-and-feminism/
“The spurt of female humor and creativity and the pushback of media began to change in the ’80s and ’90s. As the ’80s progressed, so did the backlashes. I was watching, still cranking out cartoons, but at a slower pace.
Two events happened to me that made a big impact on me personally. I birthed two beautiful daughters, and I turned forty. Additionally, while not a factor to me personally, a woman became editor of The New Yorker. In retrospect, I see now how those things all came together. Fear for my daughters’ well being in a misogynist world, and lack of fear in myself. Reaching middle age (if that’s indeed what forty is) gives a person a certain measure of freedom.
Luckily for me I have a supportive husband and two strong daughters. Finally I had a not-afraid-of- feminism encouraging editor in Tina Brown. She understood some of my emergent feminist cartoons and she bought them. It was very exciting.”
Liza Donnelly: Drawing on humor for change