Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Adds Re-enacted Portrait of Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes in Iconic 1971

Pose of Female Empowerment and Equal Rights


Updated image of the women in their 70s, again standing side-by-side with fists raised, adds message of equal rights that resonates with power for a new generation


ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (October 8, 2017) – With the October 2017 acquisition of a new photographic portrait of Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes into its collection, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery validates the historic significance and power of the re-enactment of their “raised fists” statement of equal rights for women and blacks. More than 45 years since the original Dan Winn image appeared in Esquire magazine, their message has not dimmed with age.

The portrait will be displayed in the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics, which opens on October 10, 2017. It will also be unveiled on October 9 at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, where Pitman Hughes lives and continues her activism.

For Pitman Hughes and Steinem, the new portrait featuring the defiant black power salute again helps open up dialog on sexism and racism that is still vitally needed today, while demonstrating their continued hope for positive change.

“We must have difficult conversations, and it’s also important to talk about the learning, growing, friendship and joy that come from having them,” said Steinem. “So it’s important to say that in real life, neither Dorothy nor I would give up – or be the same without – our nearly half-century of shared hopes, differences, laughter and friendship.”

The partnership between Steinem and Pitman Hughes began in the early 1970s as the pair took to the podium to discuss the importance of intersectional feminism. Together they founded Ms. Magazine and the Women’s Action Alliance. Decades later, the impact of their partnership has not waned. Steinem and Pitman Hughes remain an inspiration to activists across the country as they continue to push for racial and gender equality.

“The symbolism of a black and white woman standing together, demonstrating the black power salute is as important now as it was in the 70s,” said Pitman Hughes. “A hundred years of the suffrage movement has not eliminated racism, classism and sexism. Black women and white women can make this change together, but not until we acknowledge and resolve the racism problem that stands between us.”

They have struck their side-by-side, raised fists pose many times over the years. But this new portrait’s photographer, Daniel Bagan said the moment was right to re-capture their symbolism.

“The women were dynamically engaged in their iconic stance, and the result was inspiring,” said Bagan. “Even decades later, their power and beauty show no sign of age, just wisdom reflected in their soft smiles.”





Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery - 2017

Exhibition at Museum Of the City of New York 2017

Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida - 2017

Sophia Smith Collection -Smith College -  2015



Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She lives in New York City, and is the author of the newly released travelogue My Life on the Road. For more information on Gloria, visit:


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Dorothy Pitman Hughes

Dorothy Pitman Hughes is a feminist, child-welfare advocate, African American activist, public speaker, author, pioneering African American small business owner, and mother of three daughters. She was involved in the founding of Ms. Magazine in 1971. She organized the first shelter for battered women in New York City and co-founded the New York City Agency for Child Development (now the New York City Administration for Children's Services). Hughes also co-founded the Women’s Action Alliance with Gloria Steinem and others in 1971. The two women toured together speaking about gender, class and race throughout the 1970s.


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