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Every year, House and Leisure compiles a list of Next Generation creative talents – each of whom is doing groundbreaking work in their specific industry – and I’m proud to say that this list has given a real boost to several young designers’ careers (not to mention sparked a number of dinner-table debates among my circle of friends about suitable candidates and talent that has been overlooked). This year, we decided to approach this feature a little differently, and narrow our focus to women who are making waves in their respective fields. Each of the women featured is producing compelling projects and ideas that propel their industry forward. But why women, specifically? Since our story in the June 2017 issue about the inspiring group of women who are powering Cape Town’s new Silo district, we’ve all been thinking about the iconic feminist slogan ‘The Future is Female’ – originally coined in the 1970s and back in vogue after being used in a speech by US politician Hillary Clinton earlier this year.
It’s a radical statement, one that goes beyond demanding equal opportunities for women to suggesting that what they have to say or do in the world right now might be more important or useful than what men do. And as a new parent who wants the best for my little Raf, I don’t want him to grow up feeling like he doesn’t belong or has nothing to contribute because he’s a boy.
But the experience of producing this feature has made me realise that the women in our Next Generation feature are not in the slightest bit interested in bashing men or declaring that we have nothing to say. Rather, they simply want their voices and viewpoints to be genuinely heard and seen – and that’s why they have all made it their mission to do amazing work that speaks on their behalf. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes video that we created with all the women included in this year’s Next Generation list, and you’ll see exactly what I mean: simply visit houseandleisure.co.za to find it. And between reading about our rising stars in print (see pages 33-42) and hearing what they have to say in person online, we hope you’ll find this feature as inspiring as we did when we were compiling it.