A Ladydrawers History of Women's Rights, Part IV: Feminine Hygiene and Intellectual Property

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 11:31 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Laura Szumowski, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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LadydrawersThe last few Ladydrawers strips have tried to look a little more closely into the contemporary relationship between gender and cultural production, covering historic and continuing economic disparity between men and women; recent - but very small - gains made by women entering Congress (and how those gains stack up - or fail to - globally); and a deeply embedded gender bias in copyright law. In these next two strips, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Laura Szumowski look at another part of intellectual property rights law - patents - and some surprising but potentially disturbing news about gains made by women in the field of feminine hygiene.


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Laura Szumowski

Laura Szumowski is an illustrator and writer living in Chicago. She is the author of several nonfiction guidebooks and is best known for her work concerning women's health, such as Tip of the Iceberg: A Book About the Clitoris and Cycling: A Guide to Menstruation. See more of Laura's work at

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry Library, a Fulbright scholar, and the author of several award-winning non-fiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press, 2007) and Cambodian Grrrl (2011). Co-editor and publisher of now-defunct Punk Planet and the founding editor of the Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin, Moore teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She contributes criticism to The New Inquiry, The Baffler, N+1p and many others and writes a monthly comic strip for Truthout called Ladydrawers on gender, labor, and culture. Her latest book from Cantankerous Titles, New Girl Law, was called “A post-empirical, proto-fourth-wave feminist memoir” by Bust Magazine.

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