Cartoon art

Item no. 26015
Occupation: Communications / utilities
Collection: Wagner Labor Archives

To raise awareness about women working in non-traditional trades, the organization Tradeswomen turned to a cartoonist to help them reach an audience of children, including those in immigrant communities. They created this coloring book in English, Spanish and Korean, with the artist bülbül, who has been drawing cartoons for the labor movement since the early 1970s. In soft and simple shapes and lines, Rachel is a telephone operator climbing a pole to keep "your telephone working right."

Visit our Little Tradeswoman Coloring Book exhibit to see the other cartoons in this series, and Sisters in the Brotherhood to learn more about the history of blue-collar women through photographs, printed ephemera and oral history.  

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