How Gender Double Standards Cause the Wage Gap

Originally published on Lefty Cartoons and cross-posted here with their permission.

It’s hard to argue with facts, and the fact is that the average woman in the US is still paid considerably less than the average man — a discrepancy that only grows wider when race is taken into consideration.

This we know. But the reasons for the wage gap are, apparently, still up for debate.

Plenty of people will try to argue that the reason is not actually sexism — that women choose to have children rather than work or that they don’t ask for raises. This comic puts these distractions to rest so that we can focus on the actual problem: sexism.

Bitch If You Do, Broke If You Don't

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Barry Deutsch is the Portland-based author and cartoonist of Ampersand, a political comic with a generally progressive sensibility. A new Ampersand comic appears in every issue of Dollars and Sense Magazine. Barry attended Oberlin College in Ohio in the late 1980s, the School of Visual Arts in New York City in the 1990s (where he took classes from comics legend Will Eisner), and graduated from Portland State University several years ago. While at PSU, his political cartoons won the Charles M. Schulz Award. His current comics project is my comic book Hereville, a fantasy adventure comic about an 11-year-old Jewish girl. Check out his blog and follow him on Twitter @barrydeutsch.