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Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes

Artist
Dan Wynn, 19 Apr 1919 - 17 Feb 1995
Sitter
Gloria Steinem, born 1934
Dorothy Pitman Hughes, born 1938
Date
1971
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 35.7 × 35.5cm (14 1/16 × 14")
Sheet: 50.7 × 40.7cm (19 15/16 × 16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Dan Wynn Archive
Object number
NPG.2005.121
Culture
Dorothy Pitman Hughes: American\African American
Exhibition Label
Born Lumpkin, Georgia
Writer and political activist Gloria Steinem emerged as a powerful voice for women’s rights at a time when many Americans viewed feminism solely as a white, middle-class movement. In provocative articles such as “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” (1969), Steinem argued that inclusiveness across racial and economic boundaries was fundamental to the campaign for gender equality. To underscore the point that all women, regardless of race or class, had a stake in this struggle, Steinem joined forces with activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a leading child-care advocate. In 1970 they embarked on a series of high-profile national speaking tours to galvanize grassroots support for women’s issues. In this formal studio portrait published in Esquire magazine in October 1971, Steinem and Hughes signal their solidarity with the raised-fist salute first popularized by members of the Black Power movement.
Nacida en Lumpkin, Georgia
La escritora y activista política Gloria Steinem surgió como voz potente en pro de los derechos de la mujer cuando todavía muchos estadounidenses consideraban el feminismo como un movimiento circunscrito a la clase media blanca. En artículos provocadores como “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” (1969), Steinem argumentaba que la inclusión, sin barreras raciales ni económicas, era esencial en la campaña por la igualdad de géneros. Para enfatizar la idea de que todas las mujeres, sin importar su raza o clase social, tenían intereses en esta lucha, Steinem unió fuerzas con la activista Dorothy Pitman Hughes, importante defensora del cuidado infantil. En 1970 ambas emprendieron una serie de giras nacionales muy publicitadas, dando conferencias para dinamizar el apoyo popular a las causas femeninas. En este retrato de estudio publicado en la revista Esquire en octubre de 1971, Steinem y Hughes manifiestan su solidaridad alzando el puño, gesto popularizado inicialmente por los integrantes del movimiento Black Power.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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