#internationalwomensday I stand in solidarity with women. I believe in the power of women. I believe in equality for women. I believe in women. @GloriaSteinem and #DorothyPitmanHughes, 1972.
After Dorothy Pitman-Hughes' father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK she turned to activism to help others. She teamed up with fellow feminist Gloria Steinem to found the Women’s Action Alliance, which created the first battered women’s shelters in history. They attacked women’s rights issues through boots on the ground activism, problem solving, and communication. Together they started Ms Magazine in 1971.
That same year photographer Dan Wynn took this photo (below) of Steinem and Hughes signalling their solidarity with the raised-fist salute first popularized by members of the Black Power movement. Today it resides at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.