(Mostly) Wordless Wednesdays #11: Gloria Steinem & Dorothy Pitman Hughes

Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, 1971Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, 2013

I took a little break from Wordless Wednesday posts because I’ve been so swamped with classwork and work responsibilities. Needless to say, I’m definitely looking forward to relaxing a bit during the Thanksgiving break. This week’s pictures are from the Beyond Suffrage exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York.

LEFT: Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, photographed by Dan Wynn, 1971

Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes led a new generation of women’s liberation activists in the 1970s. Steinem, a journalist, and Hughes, a writer, child welfare advocate, and founder of the first shelter for battered women in New York, expanded the movement to include matters of “sexual politics” and challenged the notion that women’s liberation was only for privileged whites. After co-founding the Women’s Action Alliance in 1971 with Brenda Feigen Fasteau, Hughes and Steinem led a national speaking tour, the occasion for the creation of this iconic photograph.

RIGHT: Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, photographed by Daniel J. Bagan, 2013

In 1971 feminist activists Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes posed with fists raised in solidarity in a photograph published in Esquire magazine. In 2013 they re-created the iconic photograph, highlighting the power of continued alliances and the necessity for an ongoing struggle for women’s rights and civil rights.

 

Photo descriptions are from each picture’s respective plaque in the exhibition.

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