National NOW Times >> Summer, 2001 >> Article
NOW Congratulates Ann Telnaes on Pulitzer
Bennett-Haigney, Communications Director
On April 17, 2001,
Ann Telnaes won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, making
her only the second woman to achieve this distinction. For the last
year, the National NOW Times has spotlighted Telnaes’
feminist/progressive cartoons on the Viewpoint page. NOW editors
found themselves choosing her work over and over because of her
strong and insightful focus on women’s issues, particularly
reproductive rights. The NOW Web site recently added Telnaes’
cartoons as a regular feature, posting new, full-color art three to
four times a week.
The editorial cartooning Pulitzer is
awarded for originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing
and pictorial effect. The first woman to win this award, Signe
Wilkinson, was also a regular contributor to the National NOW Times
at the time of her honor in 1992.
In the world of political
cartoons, Telnaes stands out not just because she’s a woman in a
male-dominated field, but also thanks to her bold, stylized artwork.
Telnaes’ cartoons have appeared in publications such as The New York
Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, and
she has won numerous other awards.
Telnaes was born in
Stockholm, Sweden, and graduated from the California Institute of
the Arts. Before becoming a cartoonist, Telnaes worked in animation
at various studios around the world, including Warner Brothers and
Walt Disney Imagineering. She began editorial cartooning on a
regular basis after the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. Having
had her own experience with gender harassment and being outraged at
the Senators’ attitude toward the issue of sexual harassment in the
workplace, Telnaes was inspired to become a political
Telnaes currently lives in Washington, D.C., and
her cartoons regularly comment on the current Bush administration’s
hostility toward women and the environment.