“Not Just a Princess:” Women in Animation (Recommended Watch)

Title: “Not Just a Princess:” Women in Animation | Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1YPRiCMlo0&ab_channel=UConnDMD | Description: More than 60% of animation students in college are women, yet they make up less than 20% of animation creatives in the workplace. While the industry is beginning to address this disparity and become more inclusive, there are still remnants of the long-existing “boys club.” In this discussion, we’ll talk about animation and the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated pipeline.

By: Peggy Sue Wood | @pswediting

It’s Women’s History Month (March for those that don’t know), and I have recently found myself in a lengthy discussion about women in animation and comics. Some of the discussion was industry based, and some was more geared towards depictions of women in comics, some favorites too, as well as prevalent resources we were looking at in regards to these topics. For example, we discussed the Women in Animation organization, as well as the digital magazine(?) Anime Feminist, and a regular resource of mine, the Comic-Con International YouTube channel. 

One source that was recommended to me during the discussion is the video above, “‘Not Just a Princess:’ Women in Animation,” which I would now like to recommend to you! 

I started listening to it soon after the recommendation and I think that it is a really interesting look at women in animation from both an academic and professional perspective. The speakers are incredibly knowledgeable on the topics brought up and the discussion itself flows well despite being very information-heavy. 

I highly recommend checking it out or playing it in the background if you’re interested in animation (comics or media too) from a professional point of view. The video is just over a year old but still relevant, interesting, and informative. You can read more about the speakers here (LINK). 

With that, I’ll see you all again next week!

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