Monday, January 22, 2024

Rejection letter from Disney to a woman who applied for an apprentice position in 1938 - How the workforce has changed for women in 80 years?

So, how the workforce has changed for women in 80 years?

Disney's rejection letter highlights

  • Girls are not considered for the training school 
  • The only work open to women consists of tracing characteristics on clear celluloid sheets
Thankfully, this policy didn't last long at Disney
  • Mary Blair started working for Disney in 1940. her design work was crucial to the company's aesthetic through the 40s and 50s 
  • Retta Scott - the first female animator at the studio, worked on Bambi

How has the world has changed in 80 years?

  • We see women in almost ever segment of jobs and career 
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)– specifically those focused on Women in Workforce have become more vocal at multinationals 
Yet we see ongoing debates about the ‘glass ceiling’ and on salary disparity between men and women

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