Just thirteen years ago, women were largely outnumbered in animation, accounting for just 16% of the industry in 2006. Upon realising this shortcoming, the industry strove for change.
By 2019, 60% of students films in animation were directed by women. However, women still only represented 12% of the directors for feature films. Furthermore, as much as 90% of women in the early stages of their careers express the clear aspiration to undertake leadership roles.
So where have all the women gone? We still clearly perceive a classic divide where women are more represented in independant animation and production. Meanwhile, women are more-or-less absent from executive positions in commercial production.