Gloria Steinem’s 80th Birthday Bash

By Warren K. Leffler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Gloria Steinem at news conference, Women’s Action Alliance, January 12, 1972

Gloria Steinem turned 80 on March 25, 2014 and hundreds of women were at Cipriani in New York on May 1, 2014 to enthusiastically celebrate her birthday at the 2014 Gloria Awards, which also saluted 40 Years of the Ms. Foundation.

The founder of the Ms. foundation and now icon of the feminist movement did not hog the stage—she yielded to musical performances by BETTY, Sophie B. Hawkins, Samia Najimy Finnerty and Dominique Fishback; and sophisticated contemporary comedy by Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer.

Actress Gabourey Sidibe shared very personal insight concerning the development of her considerable self-confidence. Plus the surprising fact that she is the niece of Dorothy Pitman Hughes!

‘Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes’ photographer Dan Wynn

There is still much work to be done in this country to achieve gender equality. Last night’s event honored those who are dedicated to achieving that goal.

-Lida Orzeck, Hanky Panky Co-Founder and CEO

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Over 30 years ago, in 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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