A LETTER FROM WIA PRESIDENT, MARGE DEAN

May 6, 2020

Dear Friends of Women in Animation (WIA),

I’ve been trying to write this letter for a couple of weeks now because I’ve been really thinking about the working from home scenario and how the animation industry has an opportunity to take the lead in changing the culture of work in entertainment. But I kept stumbling over survivor’s guilt. I read about the thousands of people who file for unemployment each week and I don’t know how I can talk from the perspective of someone still earning a salary.

But then I had my “Sullivan’s Travels” moment and realized that we in animation have an important role in all of this. We’re not just making cartoons, we’re bringing entertainment to people when they need it the most. We should be grateful that animation is a medium that can withstand a pandemic; we must embrace it and do our best work.

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