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Forgotten Women of Genre: The women of Disney Animation

By Clare McBride

March is Women's History Month. And while we at SYFY FANGRRLS celebrate women's achievements all year long, we're going above and beyond this month with Season 2 of our limited podcast series, Forgotten Women of Genre.

Outside of the vitally important Ink and Paint Department—the artistic equivalent of Ginger Rogers having to do everything Fred Astaire does, but backwards and in heels—women were barred from every other department at Walt Disney's Studio. According to a 1946 interview with the Associated Press, Disney believed women lacked the talent and sense of humor to be animators. Two women—Disney’s first female animator, Retta Scott, and Disney’s favorite female artist, Mary Blair—proved him wrong, and their influence can be felt in animation to this day. These are the women of Disney animation.

Science fiction, fantasy, and all associated genres have finally evolved from a niche interest into a mainstream staple. But the women who have been instrumental in creating and shaping the nerdverse have largely gone unrecognized. Until today. SYFY FANGRRLS' Forgotten Women of Genre tells the stories of the women who helped some of the most famous fantasy worlds become a reality.

New episodes of Forgotten Women of Genre will be released every weekday in March. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.