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Janelle Monáe to play Dorothy Pitman Hughes in upcoming Gloria Steinem biopic

Janelle Monáe to play Dorothy Pitman Hughes in upcoming Gloria Steinem biopic

Split screen of Janelle Monáe and Dorothy Pitman Hughes.

Janelle Monáe has joined the star-studded cast of the upcoming biopic on second-wave feminist Gloria Steinem.

The Pynk singer has booked the role of African-American and women’s rights activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes. Pitman Hughes and Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine, a liberal feminist magazine.

The film, based on Steinem’s memoir The Glorias: A Life On The Road, will star Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore as Steinem at different ages.

The biopic will follow Steinem’s journey to become a crusader for equal rights. It will also focus on her groundbreaking work as a journalist and campaigner.

In addition to her work with Steinem, which extended to co-founding the Women’s Action Alliance in 1971, Pitman Hughes also organized the first shelter for women suffering from domestic abuse in New York City. She furthermore co-founded the New York City Agency for Child Development.

Monáe has already proved to be a queen of the silver screen for her roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures. The pansexual singer will also star in a new Steve Carell action drama and a Harriet Tubman biopic with Cynthia Erivo.

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