A note to the ladies out there

Just thought you’d like to know…

Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that work is performed entirely by young men….To qualify for the only work open to women one must be well grounded in the use of pen and ink and also of water color. The work to be done consists of tracing the characters on clear celluloid sheets with India ink and filling in the tracings on the reverse side with paint according to directions.

This is an excerpt from a letter that Walt Disney Productions sent out to prospective female animators in 1939. Read the entire letter at the Animation Guild blog. This letter is also included in Tom Sito’s upcoming book DRAWING THE LINE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ANIMATION UNIONS FROM BOSKO TO BART SIMPSON.