In recognition of International Women’s Day today, Women in Animation (WIA) is once again making its call to action heard, this time by launching a membership drive and rallying the voices and support of notable players in the animation industry in an inspirational video. “It’s astounding that women make up approximately 60% of the population in animation schools, but land in only 20% of the creative driver’s seats within our industry,” notes WIA co-president Marge Dean. These numbers are what led WIA to create its initiative to achieve equality in leadership roles by the year 2025, a challenge that the organization has been touting in panel discussions, industry conventions and other venues over the past six months. “We invite everyone in the industry to support this initiative in any way she or he can, hoping we can all make a conscious effort to achieve balance in our workplace,” adds WIA co-president Kristy Scanlan.
“We believe the larger our membership, the stronger our voice is in shaping the future for women in our field. We are now close to 1,300 members strong, and our goal for this year is to reach a membership of 2,000,” explains co-chair of Membership Barb Cimity. To achieve that number, WIA is kicking off its 2016 Membership Drive with a special offer: WIA professional members in good standing have the opportunity to purchase gift memberships at a reduced rate for friends and family in the next 30 days. A one-year Professional membership gift can be given at the price of $35 instead of the regular $50 fee. Memberships can be purchased through the WIA website.
ABOUT WOMEN IN ANIMATION
Women in Animation (WIA) envisions a world in which women share fully in the creation, production and rewards of animation, resulting in richer and more diverse entertainment and media that move our culture forward. The mission of WIA is to bring together a global community of animation professionals to empower and support women in the art, science and business of animation by increasing access to resources, creating opportunities for education, encouraging strong connections between individuals, and inspiring excellence. For more information, to donate to the Phyllis Craig Scholarship Fund, or to join WIA, please visit http://www.womeninanimation.org.