Women Who Draw, A Website Highlighting Female Illustrators
Women Who Draw, an online open directory of female creatives, made its big debut in December 2016. Word spread quickly throughout the creative industry. The successful website was so overwhelmed with interest that it initially crashed during the soft launch. Thousands of women from the U.S. to South Africa were …
Women Who Draw, an online open directory of female creatives, made its big debut in December 2016. Word spread quickly throughout the creative industry. The successful website was so overwhelmed with interest that it initially crashed during the soft launch. Thousands of women from the U.S. to South Africa were submitting their work and millions of people were using the website. Now, it is back and running with hundreds of new creative women from almost every continent and hundreds on a waiting list. This spark of interest clearly shows the need for female visibility in the creative industry.
Women Who Draw is a trans-inclusive website that promotes professional women illustrators, artists, and cartoonists who take freelance work. The co-founders/artists, Wendy MacNaughton and Julia Rothman created it to help increase the visibility of female illustrators. Their goal is to open up a conversation about the blatant inequalities still present in the publishing world. In an interview with BBC, Rothman said, “We counted a certain magazine that often has illustrated covers, and noticed that in the past 55 covers, only four were by women.” Both are passionate about making sure the illustration industry has a diverse and representative voice that includes women and minorities.
This accessible resource will dispel anyone’s complaints of how they want to hire more female illustrators, but they just don’t know where. Now, art directors, publications, newspapers, and agencies can easily discover talented female creatives, with diverse perspectives, for freelancing opportunities. The site’s directory has categories based on race/ethnicity, location, orientation, and religion. They want to connect clients with a diverse range of women that they might not have known about prior.
Not only is this website amazing for business connections, but it’s also amazing for artists to find each other. As a young creative woman of color, it is always encouraging to see people physically like me. It makes me feel less alone. I hope this website will inspire girls to pursue their dreams and/or connect with a new mentor.
All images were taken from Women Who Draw. Please support them with a donation and/or join their community. It is open to all female professional illustrators.