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Dorothy Pitman Hughes, co-founder of Ms. Magazine, dies at 84


Hughes, co-founder of Ms. Magazine, died at the age of 84 on Dec. 1 in Tampa, Fla., according to Sconiers Funeral Home. Hughes, “passed away peacefully … at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Delethia and Jonas Malmsten,” the obituary reads.

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.

Soon after, Steinem and Hughes began speaking publicly about the women’s movement, according to the obituary.

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.

“Dorothy and Gloria’s tours generated a great deal of media interest and Dorothy motivated Gloria to found a female-led media source, Ms. Magazine,” the obituary reads.
Ms. Magazine, originally established in the 1970s as a “sample insert in a New York magazine,” would soon become a “flagship institution for both women’s rights and American journalism,” according to its website. Ms. Magazine is also called “more than a magazine”, but rather “a movement”.

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.

Hughes is survived by three children and two grandchildren, according to the obituary.

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