Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a prominent figure in the second wave feminist movement of the 1960s and 70s, is 84 years old.
Dorothy died in Tampa, Florida, of “old age and infirmity” News AP report. While news of her death was barely revealed over the weekend, Dorothy is believed to have died on December 1.
She is widely known for her close relationship with fellow activist Gloria Steinem. The couple met after Gloria wrote an article about a childcare center that Dorothy ran New York Cityembarked on public speaking tours to advocate for women’s rights across the country.
In the early 1970s, they were also photographed side by side in a powerful image that still resonates today.
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Based on News AP, Dorothy organized the first shelter for abused women in NYC. In addition, she supports local families by providing services such as day care and vocational training, demonstrating her commitment to community-centered activism.
Through her friendship with Gloria, Dorothy helped conceptualize Multiple sclerosis., a feminist publication that is still in circulation. They also founded the Coalition for Action for Women, which helps empower the voices of feminists around the country.
Family and friends pay tribute to Dorothy Pitman Hughes’ legacy
After Dorothy passed away, Gloria paid tribute to her friend in a statement to the Associated Press.
“My friend, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, runs a pioneering childcare center in a residential area on the west side of Manhattan. We met in the seventies when I was writing about that child care center, and we became talking partners and friends for life. She will be missed, but if we continue to tell her story, she will continue to inspire us all.”
Delethia Ridley Malmsten, one of Dorothy’s three daughters, also reflects on her mother’s work. She proudly notes, “She took families off the streets and gave them jobs.”
Of her support, biographer Laura L. Lovett noted in washington articles that Dorothy “recognizes that the challenges in child care are deeply linked to issues of racism, poverty, drug use, poor quality housing, welfare hotels, job training, etc. and even the Vietnam War.”
Based on Multiple sclerosis.Dorothy also holds the truth about racial disparities in the feminist movement.
“Dorothy’s style is about calling out the racism she sees in the white women’s movement. She regularly takes the stage to articulate how white women’s privilege oppresses Black women but also offers her friendship with Gloria as proof that this obstacle can be overcome.
We send our condolences to the family and friends of Dorothy Pitman Hughes during this time. She can rest in peace.