Read the cold but polite rejection letter to a Woman from Disney in 1938

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With the wage gap and sexual harassment, it can be very difficult for women in the workplace, but as hard as it is today, it was even worse 80 years ago, as this rejection letter shows.


 

In 1938, just after the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, an aspiring artist named Mary Ford wrote to Disney about finding a job doing creative work in their painting department. The response she got, while professional, is heartbreaking. 

Mary was politely shut down simply because she was female. The letter explained, "Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen as that is performed entirely by young men."


 

While she was told she could potentially be an inker, tracing the characters on clear celluloid sheets and filling in the tracings, she was also warned against moving to Hollywood to apply for that job since "there are really very few openings in comparison with the number of girls who apply." 

There is still a ways to go before there is workplace equality, but at least there have been some improvements. 


Bob Delmont

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