Episode 9: Ladies First- A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art

The guests in this episode of the podcast are Caitlin McGurk, Associate Curator of Outreach & Engagement and Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library, and Columbus OH-based writer, editor, and scholar Rachel Miller. McGurk and Miller are joint curators of a Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum exhibit called Ladies First which celebrates “A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art.”


This episode of Real Issues: Real Conversations podcast is one of a number of special episodes that Ohio Humanities is publishing during 2020 to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage in the United States. The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was ratified on the 18th of August of 1920. 

The guests in this episode of the podcast are Caitlin McGurk, Associate Curator of Outreach & Engagement and Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library, and Columbus OH-based writer, editor, and scholar Rachel Miller. McGurk and Miller are joint curators of a Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum exhibit called Ladies First which celebrates “A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art.” Ladies First was to be on show until May 2020. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, please check the Museum’s website for the latest information.  

McGurk and Miller are interviewed by folklorist and radio producer Rachel Hopkin.

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Real Issues: Real Conversations is a production of Ohio Humanities, the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The views expressed in the podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment.  This program is part of “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” an initiative administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  The project seeks to deepen our knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.  Many thanks to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

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