I recently listened to this podcast interviewing a motion designer named Caitlin Cadieux. Some of the conversation was about, ironically, the name of the podcast. It's called Brograph. The founders of the website simply chose the name because they thought it was funny and that it fit. They were 2 friends talking about mograph stuff. So, Brograph... Apparently, unbeknownst to them, "brographer" is a term that's sometimes used to describe when someone is being sexist. It could be harassment, or just being treated unfairly. The poor guys who started this Brograph venture now have a bit of a PR situation. They seem to be handling it with stride, and are, for now, keeping the name.
This isn't going to be a long essay about gender equality or anything, but I do want to touch on this topic of women in the workforce. For me, it's important, because I have a responsibility to my daughter. In the interview, Caitlin comes across confident and humble. She attributes her confidence to her mother, a hard working and very determined person. This confidence has probably helped her to be successful in a male-dominated industry. Not because she can be more aggressive than the next guy or gal, but because she knows her talents and passions, and she pursues them.
I don't make the argument that we need more women in mograph for the sake of statistics. Should there be 50% men and 50% women in this industry? I honestly don't know if that matters. To me, what matters, is this confidence. I want my daughter to have confidence in herself. Not an arrogant confidence, but rather a confidence in knowing who she is and what she is capable of. She doesn't have to become a motion designer, but if she wants to I want to help her get there.