Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014
Both by Dan Bagan
Wanna see my cry like a baby? Ask me who these women were.
Hughes’ father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK when she was a kid, and what does she do? Become an activist to try and stop that from happening to other people. She raised money to bail civil rights protesters out of jail. She helped women get out of abusive situations by providing shelter for them until they got on their feet. She founded an agency that helped women get to work without having to leave their children alone, because childcare in the 1970s? Not really a thing. In fact, a famous feminist line in the 70s was “every housewife is one man away from welfare.”
Then she teamed up with Steinman 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. They stomped over barriers of race and class to meet women where they were: mostly mothers who wanted better for themselves and their children.
These are women are who I always wanted to be.
Ok so on IG this pro black Egypt extremist called me ignorant for calling myself a feminist because of operation Cointelpro by the FBI, they believe they used FBI agents to pose as feminist to get black women to join the movement and develop a “I don’t need no man” attitude throughout the black community (blame black women, right?) to destroy the black family for single mothers to raise the girls to feel the same way and the boys to become “feminine” by being raised without fathers. I read up on it and yes? They were tactics against black panthers and other groups but I saw nothing on feminism. (The pro black presence on Ig is not the same btw) does anybody know more about this or is all bs?