At an exhibition of Annie Leibovitz portraits of famous women, Steinem told the audience, We may look up and feel powerless and think theres nothing we can do, but its not true.”>
On Wednesday afternoon, a first year female student at New York Citys Barnard College was vividly recalling the excitement of casting her first-ever vote in a presidential election for Hillary Clintonand then the crushing despair of Donald Trumps victory.
She was one of 200 women gathered at the old the Bayview Correctional Facility, a former womens prison in Chelsea, to participate in a talking circle led by 82-year-old activist and womens advocate Gloria Steinem.
The women had been invited by Steinem and renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose new traveling exhibition commissioned by UBS, Women: New Portraits, officially opens to the public on Friday in the gymnasium at Bayviewthe pop-up exhibits penultimate stop on a 10-city international tour. After the exhibition moves from New York to Zurich in December, the former prison will be transformed into The Womens Building, a hub of activism for womens groups that is set to open in 2020.
Steinem is one of dozens of female leadersfrom Patti Smith to the Williams sisters and Andrea Medina Rosas, a womens rights lawyer in Mexicophotographed last year by Leibovitz for the new exhibition, an update to her 1999 book project, Women, which featured portraits of female senators, artists, businesswomen, actors, athletes, and Supreme Court justices.
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