Gertrude Steinem

Tom Hachtman (born 1948)
Airbrush on paper, 1984
Margaret and Bruce Kellner
© Tom Hachtman

Against the backdrop of the 1970s women’s rights and gay liberation movements, the cartoonist Tom Hachtman created Gertrude’s Follies, a popular comic strip featuring Stein and Toklas. This “schizographic,” which merges aspects of Stein (the clothing and pose familiar from Picasso’s Portrait of Gertrude Stein) with those of Ms. magazine’s founder, Gloria Steinem (the aviator glasses, long blond hair, and cigarette), is one of many spin-offs Hachtman’s strip produced.