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The best female animators you’ve never heard of

Photo: Erianisbest, Wikimedia

Animation is yet another niche in the tech industry where women are under represented. While you may have heard of Nick Park or Walt Disney, it’s unlikely you’ve heard about any women in the same field.

Here are some of the best, and possibly the trippiest, female animators and their creations.

Allison Schulnik

Allison Schulnik is an artist from LA, specialising in eery, but beautiful paintings that show the world at its most weird and wonderful.

Her animation, EAGER epitomises her style and is likely to make you wonder what on earth is going on.

Alison De Vere

A step back in time takes you to Alison De Vere, an English animator who worked mostly from Cornwall. She also worked in London, most famously on the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine video. Her crowning glory is generally considered to be The Black Dog, released in 1987, which tells a story of self discovery and development.

Julia Pott

Julia Pott is an English artist currently living in New York. Her drawings are intensely stylised, and often feature strange creatures that only resemble real animals. Her short animation, Belly, is one such example of this, and is guaranteed to make you feel something. I’m just not sure what.

 

Arisa Wakami

Probably the most cheerful of the four, Arisa Wakami is a Japanese animator, specialising in stop motion and lyrical sand painting. Her two minute animation, Blessing, was nominated for an award at Animateka in 2011. She also holds animation workshops for children.

Who’s your favourite female animator?

Featured image: Erianisbest, Wikimedia, used with a Creative Commons license. 

How can we encourage women to study computer science?

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It’s unlikely any of you would be surprised, sadly, to hear that only 17.6% of computer science undergraduates were women in 2011.

What might surprise you, is that that number is less than half of what it was in 1983/4 – when 37.1% of undergrads were women.

Computer science is the only field in mathematics, engineering and science where the percentage of women on the course has decreased since 2002.

After leaving university, women made up 26% of the computing workforce in 2013, but still only earned 84cents for every dollar a man earned.

17% of Google’s technical employees are women, and at Facebook it’s a measly 15%. But these statistics are as unsurprising as they are unfortunate, as if only 18% of the people with the qualifications are women, that’s how many women are likely to get hired for the jobs that require that qualification.

However, some universities are taking steps to tackle this trend.

Universities in America are offering courses to train secondary school teachers to teach computer science to their students before, and have started using photos of women in their prospectuses.

The President of Harvey Mudd college, Maria Klawe, said in a speech at George Washington University:

“We made it very clear that being a female scientist, that’s normal.”