G. Willow Wilson is a real-life superhero.
You might recognize that name, especially if you've been reading the Ms. Marvel comics featuring Kamala Khan. Last week musician Amanda Palmer took to the internet and wrote about her impending motherhood, and her fear that she might not be able to balance her creative career with her responsibilities as a parent. And G. Willow Wilson responded, revealing that the comic book industry needs to catch up and do better by its parenting employees. Check out her tweets:
"I hid both pregnancies from my employers because I knew it would affect my chances of getting work."
That sounds like some dark ages workplace misogyny. This is especially infuriating because in the U.S. there's barely any maternity leave (usually none for freelancers- which most comic book writers and artists are), and almost no workplace offers paternity leave. Having a child shouldn't mean you're out of a job! Especially since the economy is in rough shape right now, often both parents need to work to be able to support their family. And of course for single parents, it's even more crucial to keep working.
"You pay a mommy tax in creative industries, beyond doubt. But it's not imposed by the kids. It's imposed by the industry itself."
Parenting is hard enough as it is! As people who enjoy seeing artists at their best, who hope that the best in the industry are the ones rising to the top, shouldn't we be angry that women are being penalized for having a family?