“If a woman can do the work as well, she is worth as much as a man,” Disney said, according to studio archives. “The girl artists have the right to expect the same chances for advancement as men, and I honestly believe they may eventually contribute something to this business that men never would or could.” ...
Despite the sentiment, there weren't a lot of women in creative positions during Walt's lifetime.
Hell, there weren't a lot of women in creative positions in the '79s or '80s. Or now, for that matter. We're finally getting more women in higher creative positions. The trend was started by Jeffrey Katzenberg when he was at Disney; of late Walt Disney Animation Studios has been following along.
Quite a few women in administration positions, but they make up 17% of Animation Guild membership. This ins contrast to Cal Arts, where they occupy 50% of the school's animation seats.