Disney Studios’ 1939 Rejection Letter (Was Just The Tip Of The Sexist Iceberg)

The rumor that Walt Disney flat-out refused to employ female animators isn't quite true, but the whole story isn't much better:

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This is a pretty standard rejection letter from Walt Disney Studios in 1938. WAT DISnE's Snow White Seven Owarfs 1i4 Yord rkas Desr Ismte Your letta oSource: Vanity Fair

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Specifically, to women who applied to be animators. They were told that the creative work was only for men... Wiomen do not do any of the creative wor

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That there was some busy work available for women... The only work open to women consists of traring the characters on clear celluloid sheets with Ind

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But that lots of girls apply, SO don't bother coming to Hollywood. In order to apply for 2 posiion S Inker or Painter it is necessary tht one cppo

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But it gets even more sexist from there. The Inkers and Painters were kept on a separate campus, known as The Nunnery.

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This 1939 promotional documentary describes the Inking and Painting process: The Inking Department. Here, hundreds of pretty girls color the drawingsSource: YouTube

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Walt wasn't going to promote anyone from The Nunnery, and they knew it. One Inker said each time they were beginning to get good, they've quit to get

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The first female animator Walt did hire was already married - to another animator. gil aTwork for Tvrey The ue Lletd The second was his own sister-in-

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Walt eventually offered night classes for aspiring female animators. But only because he knew a bunch of his animators were about to be drafted into W