Famous feminist and child protection activist honored with plaque in hometown
LUMPKIN, Georgia (WRBL) – Dorothy Pitman Hughes was honored with a plaque recognizing her accomplishments in her hometown of Lumpkin on July 18, 2021. She was placed on the street where she grew up and revealed to him while surrounded by her family.
The plaque was a gift from his lifelong friend and speaker, Gloria Steinem. Steinem wanted to recognize Hughes for all of his accomplishments in a place dear to him.
“We just thought it was very important and meaningful and that it would mean that everyone who drives this road would see this plaque, know Dorothy’s name, see a few words about her and be inspired by her as we are. all of them, ”said Steinem. .
Steinem and Hughes met when Hughes opened one of the first child care centers in New York City in the 1960s and Steinem wrote a story for New York magazine about it. The two then began careers together tackling issues such as race, feminism and sexism.
The couple spent around three years traveling together, talking and raising awareness on controversial topics. Steinem thinks that many monuments and plaques are often dedicated to men and wars. She wanted to change the narrative and dedicate a plaque to a woman who worked for positivity and equality.
“Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a woman who started out as a little girl with almost everything against her in this still racist and sexist country. This was even truer when Dorothy was born and yet she never let it steal her voice, her sense of humor or her ability to go beyond race, ”said Steinem.
Steinem describes Hughes as a very cheerful person who brought a lot of positive attention, especially to children. She said her message to women who want to make a difference is to remember you are not alone and speak up because you will find like-minded people.
“Whatever expresses you, brings you joy, and brings you together with like-minded people, do it,” said Steinem.