Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Who Helped Start Ms. Magazine, Died At 84

According to a funeral home in Georgia and her longtime colleague and friend Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, the co-founder of one of the most important feminist periodicals, has passed away. Steinem also confirmed the news.

According to information provided by Sconiers Funeral Home, Hughes, who was a co-founder of Ms. Magazine, passed away on December 1 in Tampa, Florida at the age of 84. According to the obituary, Hughes “died away peacefully… at the house of her daughter and son-in-law, Delethia and Jonas Malmsten.” [citation needed]

According to the funeral home, Hughes was born in Lumpkin, Georgia in 1938. She later came to New York at the age of 19, where she began doing a variety of professions, including being a house cleaner and a nightclub singer. Hughes passed away in 2012.

Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Who Helped Start Ms. Magazine, Died At 84
Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Who Helped Start Ms. Magazine, Died At 84

In the late 1960s, Hughes “formed a multiracial cooperative daycare center,” which caught the notice of Steinem, who would go on to become one of the co-founders of Ms. Magazine. Steinem wrote a profile of the company in New York Magazine at the time. According to the obituary, Steinem and Hughes began giving public speeches about the Women’s Movement not long after this event occurred.

This week, Steinem paid tribute to her friend in a post that was authenticated on Instagram. Steinem said in her writing, “I have been fortunate to name Dorothy both a friend and a lifelong co-conspirator.” “She pushed me to overcome my fear of public speaking, and we spent years exploring the United States together.” Because of her commitment to issues of economic freedom, racial equality, and the well-being of children, “she left the world in a better place than she found it,” the speaker continued.

According to the obituary, Dorothy was the inspiration for Gloria to start Ms. Magazine, which is a female-run publication. Dorothy’s tours were responsible for generating a lot of media attention.

According to the website for Ms. Magazine, the publication was first introduced in the 1970s as a “sample insert in New York magazine,” but it would go on to become a “landmark institution in both women’s rights and American journalism” in relatively short order. Additionally, Ms. Magazine refers to itself as “more than a magazine” and instead refers to itself as “a movement.”

According to the obituary, Hughes and Steinem were also cofounders of “the Women’s Action Alliance,” which was described as “a pioneering national information center that specialized in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education.” This organization was established in 1971. According to the obituary, Hughes is survived by three children as well as two grandkids.

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