2020 AnimState of the Industry Results



I wanted to wrap up this post by taking a closer look at the responses around Diversity, specifically from the women who took our survey. But before we do that, let’s look at a high level view to explain why that’s important.

75% of the people who took our survey are White. As a note, the survey listed this option as Caucasian, but that is an outdated term from a racist form of identifying ethnicity, so I apologize for its usage and assure you we will not be using it in the future. Thank you to the person in the survey that called that out in their response.

The percentage of the other ethnicities of our respondants are 10% Latino/Hispanic, 9% East Asian, 3% South Asian, 3% Middle Eastern, and 2% African.

For gender, 82% are Men, 17% are Women and 3% are either Non-Binary, Questioning, Trans, and/or Closeted/Not Out. For everyone who answered Questioning or Closeted/Not Out, I want to thank you for trusting the anonymity of our survey to convey this information. I appreciate how sensitive that information is to you and I assure you the importance of this being an anonymous survey will continue to be at the core of how it is run in the future.

For age range, 26% are 26-30 years old, 22% are 31-35, 21% are 36-40, 13% are 21-25, 12% are 41-45 and 5% were 46-50. The remaining percentage is split rather evenly across the other age groups.

In terms of relationship status, 48% are Married or in a Domestic Partnership, 28% are in a Relationship and 24% are Single.

In terms of parenting, 70% of respondents are not parents. Of the 30% of parents that responded, when asked their role as a childcare provider on top of work, 48% are Sharing with a Partner or Family Member. 26% are Co-Parenting, 10% have an External Provider (e.g. daycare/Nanny/School) and 8% are the Primary Caregiver.

So when wanting to do a deep dive on how we can become a more inclusive animation community, I chose to look at specifically women’s answers compared to men’s for a couple of reasons. The first is that of these different representations, the percentage of women were the highest of any other single group, giving us the strongest base to check against. Also, our animation community has worked hard to be more inclusive to women and we have women running most of our initiatives and activities. The focus here on women is not meant to be a substitute or catch all for creating true inclusivity. This data does not speak for the totality of women or address the reality of intersectionality. But the hope is to find places within the data that we can start focusing on to help create a more diverse and inclusive community.


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