A lot of people are surprised to learn that back in 1800, 90 percent of American teachers were actually male. Today we know that actually 76 percent of [them are] female, so how did this huge flip happen?
The answer is that as school reformers began to realize in the 1820s that schooling should be compulsory — that parents should be forced to send their kids to school, and public education should be universal — they had to come up with a way to do this basically in an affordable manner, because raising taxes was just about as unpopular back then as it is now. So what we see is this alliance between politicians and education reformers in the early 19th century to redefine teaching as a female profession.
They do this in a couple ways: First, they argue that women are more moral in a Christian sense than men. They depict men as alcoholic, intemperate, lash-wielding, horrible teachers who are abusive to children. They make this argument that women can do a better job because they’re more naturally suited to spend time with kids, on a biological level. Then they are also quite explicit about the fact that [they] can pay women about 50 percent as much — and this is going to be a great thing for the taxpayer.
I relate to Babs, because I was a 21-year-old girl at one point, You are not quite 100% sure of yourself, and you are making those mistakes and those self-discovery situations. I love drawing her, because I know what that’s like. She’s 21, she’s fighting crime, and she’s in grad school, so she doesn’t have time to be a big fashionista, but she still wears stuff that’s comfortable and cute, She has a roommate named Frankie, and she’s more loud and brash — I gave her more fashion-forward things and bright colors. Dinah Drake is in the book, and her superhero costume is a leather jacket and fishnets. She would have an edgier style than the rest of the girls, so I have her in leather jackets and spiky bracelets. Her style is probably the most like my own. But I do put my own clothes on a lot of the girls. When I did pick up comics when I was younger, Lois Lane would always be wearing a generic jacket and generic heels, You could tell the dude didn’t look up what business ladies were wearing in that day and age. It would take me out of the story. I would be reading, and—really? Those shoes?
A woman sitting by herself is not waiting for you.
I’m still learning to love the parts of me that no one claps for.
Pretty Deadly Fan art. Digital Watercolour.
Between Firefly and this amazing book, I may have to reconsider my everlasting hatred for the western genre…
Whatever Emma Ríos draws, whatever Kelly Sue DeConnick writes, get it. NOW.
(BTW Kelly Sue DeConninck is amazing, in case you haven´t noticed already)
PS: As some people have asked, I will make it clear, NO, this image WILL NOT be available on my print store, as it is a creator owned series.