Artist Georgia Saxelby has been collecting hundreds of handwritten letters to future women as a way to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March. “My whole practice is about understanding the value and power of marking and ritualizing the things most important to us,” she says. “ I felt we needed to mark the Women’s March because women’s histories are often forgotten.”
How do you prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in a culture where aggressive behavior is part of the game? Isaacson responded by convening a group to focus on NFL policy, how it engages with the public around sexual assault and domestic violence and ways to educate the league’s coaches and players. The task at hand was daunting because Isaacson needed to get a clear understanding of domestic violence and sexual assault by connecting with experts and advocates from all over the country, Porter says. “There was a lot for her to learn and little time for her to learn it,” he explains.
“Data shows that gender is on its way to becoming much more of a nonissue, just another human variable such as height, hair color and shoe size,” says Laura Maness, CEO of Havas New York. “This is not to say we foresee a time when gender will be entirely ignored; simply that it will be increasingly less of a focus and factor in decision-making.”
“I wanted to learn concrete skills so that I could contribute to the organizations doing important work that I care about,” Margolis says. Another bonus? Software engineering fed her interest in solving puzzles and capacity to think logically and creatively. “It’s satisfying to write a few lines of code and immediately see what you built right there,” she says.