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.
Did a little photo shoot for new author/promo photos with my multi-talented friend Raena Shirali this weekend (seriously who elses author photos are shot by a Ruth Lily Finialist tho?) It was fun-though I did learn that often when I think I am smiling I am really fucking not lol which my explain why people think I am mean a lot of the time.
I still have so many cupcakes in my freezer-come eat them.
Bop it, Twist it, Pull it, Spin it, Flick it.
1. Find it
2. Get on it
3. Stay on it
4. If you get off it, get back on it
(Also, I wish the words didn’t conflate gender with genitals but image editing is not my department)
3 years ago we were tagged in this photo by a friend. We were together for about 7 months at this point. Its not a glamorous or particularly flattering pic-just goofing off in the kitchen with friends but we smiled all the time.
1 week later I would write the first draft of “10 Honest Thoughts”.
I actually think we might love each other more now than we did when this pic was taken. I know that we still love each other at least that much but we learned last winter that love actually just isn’t always enough. Maybe if we were rich and didnt have the same worries we have now or the survival methods we both have we could have figured it out.
Time to bring this back
Thanks for wanting my book! Lol.
I can ship internationally just not for free or as cheaply as in the US(I wish I could) Shoot me an email or a message on here letting me know where in the UK and I will get a shipping price and let you know how much money to paypal over. Sound good?