Reading the morning paper’s comic strips can be a stress relieving. My interest in women’s comic strips resurfaced as I sorted through some magazines ready for recycling. In an issue of MS I re-discovered an article called ‘Paper Movies: Feminist cartoonists create characters that are real, raunchy—and they’ll knock your socks off’.
I remember it well. It took 82 years for a woman called Kathryn Bigelow to become the first woman to win an Oscar for best director. She, Sandra Bullock (best actress) and Monique (best-supporting actress) looked beautiful in their designer gowns on Hollywood’s winning platform. The 2008 movie was The Hurt Locker. Women such as Bigelow, who have broken through the glass ceiling, are worth celebrating on International Women’s Day. But what exactly is this women’s day of celebration about? [Read more…]