New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly tackles global issues with humor, intelligence and sarcasm. Her latest project supports the United Nations initiative Cartooning For Peace.

Why you should listen

When Liza Donnelly joined The New Yorker in 1982, she was the youngest cartoonist on staff and one of only three women to hold the job. She’s still there. In 2005, Donnelly wrote the definitive book about her colleagues: Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons. She’s been part of many other books, including Sex and Sensibility, Cartoon Marriage (about her life with fellow New Yorker cartoonist Michael Maslin) and a popular series of dinosaur books for kids. Her latest is When Do They Serve the Wine? The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of Being a Woman.

In 2007, Donnelly joined the United Nations initiative Cartooning for Peace. She travels worldwide to speak out about freedom of speech, world peace, and other global issues. Donnelly contributes to as the editor of World Ink, which publishes the timely, political cartoons of artists from around the globe. She's a founding member of the Cartoonists Association, and also teaches women’s studies at Vassar.

What others say

“Liza often steps out from behind her drawing table to make this world not just a funnier place, but a better one too.” — Planet Green

Liza Donnelly’s TED talks

Quotes from Liza Donnelly

Humor relies on the traditions of a society. It takes what we know and it twists it. … Because women are on the ground floor, and we know the traditions so well, we can bring a different voice to the table.
Liza Donnelly
TEDWomen 2010 • 941K views Jan 2011
Funny, Inspiring