Hughes was born in Lumpkin, Georgia, in 1938, and eventually moved to New York City at age 19 where she began working multiple jobs, including housekeeper and nightclub singer, the show said. funeral.
In the late 1960s, Hughes “organized a multiracial cooperative daycare”, which caught the eye of Steinem, the future co-founder of Mrs. Magazine, who wrote a profile of the company in New York Magazine.
Steinem remembered her friend in a verified Instagram post this week. “I was fortunate enough to call Dorothy a lifelong friend and accomplice,” Steinem wrote. “She encouraged me to speak in public, and we spent years traveling across the country. Her dedication to the welfare of children, racial justice and economic liberation meant she left the world in a better place than she found it,” she added.
Hughes and Steinem also co-founded “the Women’s Action Alliance, a pioneering national information center specializing in the gender-neutral and multiracial education of children, in 1971,” the obituary states.