|"Women do not do any of the creative work."
||[Jan. 24th, 2010|07:19 pm]
Miss Mary T. Ford
Dear Miss Ford,
Your letter of recent date has been received in the Inking and Painting Department for reply.
Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that work is performed entirely by young men. For this reason girls are not considered for the training school.
The only work open to women consists of tracing the characters on clear celluloid sheets with India ink and filling in the tracings on the reverse side with paint according to the directions.
In order to apply for a position as “Inker” or “Painter” it is necessary that one appear at the Studio, bringing samples of pen and ink and water color work. It would not be advisable to come to Hollywood with the above specifically in view, as there are really very few openings in comparison with the number of girls who apply.
Yours very truly,
WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS, LTD.
I saw this on Jezebel today; very fucked up.
This might explain why it took so many years before there were any really strong female characters in Disney cartoons!
This is depressing. Thanks for sharing.
Lol it's half-hilarious to read things like this from the past. "That work is performed entirely by the young men." Because women were lacking in what, exactly, fingers? Opposable thumbs?
Thanks for posting. The world I grew up in in the 60s was still very much like that. (I was nearly laughed out of my second grade class for saying I wanted to be an airline pilot when I grew up!) It's nice that we've made enough progress that things like that are a curiosity.
So sad. Poor Miss Mary Ford.
When my grandmother got married, she was dismissed from her job with the county because her husband was supposed to take care of her. Then my grandfather went to war and she was told she could work there until he came back. He died so she was a single, working mother. One of many, I'm sure.
I always wax nostalgic about the past but then these types of things come up and I remember that we have it pretty good right now. It's not perfect, but it's better.
Originally posted by her grandson here
, where he invites people to contact him! I'd be interested to know whatever became of Mary following this rejection.
I talked about this to some family and a family friend who was in the room last night when I saw this post. I got ripped a new one for being offended at it. "Disney wasn't going to put money into someone who could just up and get pregnant and leave at any time. And back then, when you got pregnant, you were expected to stop working, blah blah blah..." I could kind of see their point that things were different back then, but then again, it doesn't mean we can't marvel about how different things are now.
So basically they're saying that women were only capable of performing tasks that amounted to paint-by-number. Sheesh. It's hard for me to imagine a mindset that engenders such generalizations...thank goodness times have changed! :/
i love the hilarity coming from that kind of letter being printed on that kind of paper.
Even funnier, the rejection letter is signed by a woman. I guess they were equal to that kind of creative work.
D: This just disgusts me. Thank you for posting it.
do you know what happened with that Mary Ford?