First all-female animation summit fights gender bias

Women in Animation (WIA) highlights the unconscious bias and gender gap in the animation industry.

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The Women in Animation aims to achieve 50/50 gender balance in creative leadership roles in animation industry by 2025. According to Variety, Marge Dean, WIA co-president feels 50/50 by 2025 is “absolutely a realistic deadline if there is a deliberate and well-supported effort to achieve it.”

With over 65% of animation programs being female there are a lot of talented people who can fill the positions. From the calculations it is evident that the annual increase needs to be only 3.5% every year, Dean added.

“In our industry, women don’t seem to feel comfortable and supported in order to really push the boundaries of what they are capable of. We would like women to be far more daring,” said Corinne Kouper and Eleanor Coleman at France’s Les Femmes s’Animent.

As per the data by the Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE to Variety, out of the 4,058 people were working in animation in Los Angeles as of April 2017, 24% of those employed were female which is an increase from 2012 when only 2,766 people were employed and 18% female.

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