The Co-Founder of Ms. Magazine, American Black Feminist Dorothy Pitman Hughes Dies At 84!
The co-founder of one of the most well-known feminist publications, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, has passed away, according to a funeral home in Georgia and Gloria Steinem, a friend and lifelong colleague of Dorothy Pitman Hughes.
According to Sconiers Funeral Home, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a co-founder of Ms. Magazine, passed away on December 1 in Tampa, Florida, at the age of 84. The obituary stated that Hughes “died away peacefully” at the house of her daughter and son-in-law, Delethia and Jonas Malmsten.
According to the funeral home, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, born in 1938 in Lumpkin, Georgia, eventually relocated to New York at 19, where she started working as a nightclub singer and a house cleaner.
Dorothy Pitman Hughes “formed a multiracial cooperative daycare center” by the late 1960s, which caught Steinem’s eye and led to her writing a story about the company in New York Magazine. Steinem would later co-found Ms. Magazine.
The obituary stated that shortly after it, Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes started publicly discussing the Women’s Movement.
This week, Gloria Steinem paid tribute to her friend in a verified Instagram post. Steinem remarked, “I have been fortunate to call Dorothy a friend and lifelong co-conspirator. “She encouraged me to give public speeches, and we spent years touring the nation together. “She left the world in a better place than she found it because of her dedication to children’s welfare, racial fairness, and economic liberation,” she continued.
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The obituary stated that Dorothy inspired Gloria to create Ms. Magazine, a female-operated media outlet and that their trips “attracted tremendous media excitement.”
According to its website, Ms. Magazine, first published as a “sample insert in New York magazine” in the 1970s, quickly rose to prominence as a “landmark institution in both women’s rights and American journalism.” Additionally, Ms. Magazine describes itself as “more than a magazine” and “a movement.”
The Women’s Action Alliance, a groundbreaking national information center specializing in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education, was formed in 1971 by Dorothy Pitman Hughes and Gloria Steinem, according to the obituary.
According to the obituary, Dorothy Pitman Hughes is survived by three children and two grandchildren.