women

The History Behind the Supporting Women in ‘The Glorias’

In the new film The Glorias, a 1970s-era Gloria Steinem (Alicia Vikander) sits at a press conference with her speaking partner Florynce “Flo” Kennedy (Lorraine Toussaint) where the same journalist asks them separate questions. The reporter asks Gloria about sexual harassment while she asks Flo, a Black lawyer and fervent advocate for women’s rights, about racism. “Do you think Flo is unable to answer a question about the condition of being a woman?” Gloria asks. Flo then explains that racism and sexism are intertwined.

The scene is just one example of the partnerships with women of color Steinem made throughout her life as she became involved in activism and grassroots organizing in the 1960s and ‘70s. It also speaks to what Steinem understood then, as media institutions have only come to understand more recently: how critical it is to ensure that women of color are not sidelined in

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‘The Glorias’ review: Surreal style overwhelms substance of Steinem biopic

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is on a TV talk show in the 1970s, being interviewed by a smug, leering, sexist and condescending male host, who looks her up and down and says, “That’s a pretty sexy outfit. … I hope you’ll forgive our masculine notion that you are an absolutely stunning sex object.”

When the host asks the “question,” Alicia Vikander is playing Steinem. When Gloria answers with, “This is my uniform: black jeans, black long-sleeved top, minimalist,” she’s played by Julianne Moore.

Things get ever more surreal, as the set is suddenly draped in red and orange, and Steinem emerges wearing a nun’s habit, and then we see her in a Playboy bunny outfit, and then we’re in a “Wizard of Oz” scenario complete with swirling tornado and a “witch” on a broom, and

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