JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021

Yes she did

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Laid off from IBM at age 57, Marjorie Madfis couldn’t find the job she wanted. So she created it instead as founding executive director of Yes She Can, a nonprofit that seeks to empower young autistic women while rehabilitating secondhand American Girl dolls for purchase.

Restoration plays

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Kathleen Gilje recreates masterpieces by recasting their female subjects in a heroic, activist light; drawing attention to their circumstances; and reclaiming the female body for themselves, herself and her female viewers.