This Week’s Cartoon: “Takin’ One For the Team”

Little-noticed last week amidst the hubbub surrounding airport security machines was the torpedoing of the Paycheck Fairness Act at the hands of Senate Republicans.  The fact that it took me some effort to find out the specifics of the bill shows you just how little it’s being talked about. To put it briefly, it actually gave teeth to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 which, while noble in sentiment, was very difficult for women to put into practice. This site gives an excellent rundown of the situation (see point #2 in particular).

Before anyone comments or sends me email about how the pay gap is a myth because ladies make babies, I suggest reading the entirety of the two links provided above. Then you can make your dunderheaded remark that only reinforces my opinion that you’d make a sucky boss. (Actually, most SlowpokeBlog commenters seem pretty smart, so perhaps I’m jumping the gun.)

Also, enough with the corporate-supremacist twaddle that the Paycheck Fairness Act is “bad for business.” As if hordes of suing women are going to upend the economy. Sorry, I think banking deregulation beat us to it! If the GOP trots out its faux concern for small business one more time, I’m… I’m… I’m going to draw another cartoon, dammit.


  • Anne S


    I can’t tell you how irate this made me. One good thing about my oft-annoying union: I make exactly what the men in my position make. Exactly.

  • Jen Sorensen

    Hi Anne, good to hear at least *someone* else was annoyed! I guess having the lone dissenting Democrat as your Senator doesn’t help.

  • Sarah Culpeper

    Thanks for this (depressing but) important post. The AAUW organized a phone campaign last week urging all its members to call their senators.

    Sad to say, my recorded message from AAUW was the first I’d heard of this bill. ARgh.

  • Tom Schmidt

    Look, the pay gap is a myth because ladies make babies …

    (sorry, had to do it)

    Yes, I noticed the defeat of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Not surprisingly what do they use as justification? Fear. Of course, there’s no evidence to back their claims up, but they use fear anyway. Why? It works. Nothing works better than fear when it comes to getting the American people to acquiesce. We pretty much see it in the headlines every day. Frankly, I’m surprised they didn’t just say we can have equal pay else the terrorists will win. I think that would have worked too.

  • Tom Schmidt

    Crap. I meant – we “can’t” have equal pay, else the terrorists will win.

  • Thomas Eichmann

    In Germany, we actually have a similar but seemingly more serious problem: Not only that women earn less then men, but also Eastern Germans earn less than Western Germans not depending on gender! What does politic do against this desaster? Reduce taxes for Easterners? Support equal income? No: They blame it on Socialism (Which basically means that if you’ve had a wall around you for 40 years then retarding is your guilt).

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.