Janelle Monáe is to star in the film about Gloria Steinem

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The singer-songwriter, who came out as queer earlier this year, is joining a star-studded cast that includes Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore, who play Steinem at different points of her life. Janelle is going to join these celebrities to play the black feminist icon Dorothy Pitman Hughes, who founded Ms magazine together with Steinem in 1970s. Born in 1938, Dorothy Pitman Hughes made a career for herself as an activist, and organized the first shelter for the women of New York who wanted to escape domestic abuse. She was also a co-founder – alongside Steinem – of the Women’s Action Alliance in 1971. Pitman Hughes also toured with Gloria Steinem throughout the 1970s, where they promoted creation of the equal society. Oprah Winfrey later honored Hughes as one of America’s “Greatest Moms.” For Janelle it will not be the forst acting experience. As well as being lauded for her work as a singer-songwriter, Janelle Monáe also has starred in award-winning films like Moonlight and Hidden Figures.

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