A Woman’s Work: Becoming a Home of One’s Own

In the final installment of her six-part illustrated series, “A Woman’s Work,” Carolita Johnson considers what it takes to recover from grief, build strength for the future, and become one’s own center of gravity again.

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Published: Dec 18, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

A Woman’s Work: Till Death Do Us Part

In the fifth installment of her illustrated essay series, New Yorker cartoonist Carolita Johnson considers the emotional and physical labor required of women as their loved ones die.

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Published: Oct 28, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,450 words)

A Woman’s Work: The Inside Story

In the 4th installment of her illustrated series, “A Woman’s Work,” Carolita Johnson examines some of the inner workings of a woman’s body from puberty to menopause.

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Published: Apr 26, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,178 words)

A Woman’s Work: The Outside Story

In the latest installment in her illustrated series, Carolita Johnson catalogues her efforts to maintain her appearance from about 1970 to 2018.

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Published: Jan 2, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,775 words)

A Woman Becomes a Nightingale

An illustrated essay in which Carolita Johnson reviews the ugly history of rape being weaponized — and politicized — as a means of silencing women.

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Published: Oct 19, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,969 words)

A Woman’s Work: The Art of the Day Job

In the second installment of her illustrated essay series, Carolita Johnson looks back on the many ways she’s tried to juggle work with her *work.*

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Published: Aug 2, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,134 words)

A Woman’s Work: Home Economics* (*I Took Woodworking Instead)

An illustrated personal essay in which New Yorker cartoonist Carolita Johnson tallies the costs and benefits of love and cohabitation as a woman artist living in a patriarchy.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 20, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,600 words)