Female Role Models on the Funny Pages
Lamb, Chris, Editor & Publisher
WHO ARE THE best and worst female role models on America's comics pages?
According to a story in January's Working Mother magazine, the best ones include:
* Joanie Caucus and Congresswoman Lacey Davenport in "Doonesbury" by Garry Trudeau of Universal Press Syndicate. Caucus "had the grit to go from homemaker to divorced day-care worker to married lawyer with a child," according to article writer Anita Diamant, while Davenport is "one of the few serious older women in the strips ... [and the whole newspaper]!"
* The title character in Nicole Hollander's self-syndicated "Sylvia," who is described as "a feminist with a sense of humor the size of Alaska."
* The title character in "Sally Forth" by Greg Howard and Craig Macintosh of King Features Syndicate. Forth "is the rare character who knows how to laugh while she juggles an office job and the demands of a husband and daughter."
* The title character in "Rose Is Rose" by Pat Brady of United Feature Syndicate, who "shows how to be a relaxed parent."
* The title character in "Blondie" by Dean Young and Stan Drake of King. "She got her catering business off the ground in record time, and actually fired Dagwood for eating up all her profits."
The Working Mother piece also had and words for Ellie Patterson in "For
Better or For Worse" by Lynn Johnston of Universal, Laura Newman in "Adam" by Brian Basset of Universal, and characters in "On the Fastrack" by Bill Holbrook of King and "Suburban Cowgirls" by Janet Alfieri and Ed Colley of Tribune Media Services. …