- Kristopher Fraser |
From Prabal Gurung to Jonathan Simkhai, designers have proudly created feminist t-shirts this year in celebration of women's equality and empowerment. Now, two of the biggest names in the feminist movement, Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman, have released a limited-edition charity t-shirt "Gloria and Dorothy's Equal Rights Now Tee" to raise funds to support the long-sought-for Equal Rights Amendment.
ERA supporters across the U.S. are joining Steinem and Pitman Hughes, posting their own fist-pumping photos on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #equalrightsnow.
The ERA is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination against girls and women on the basis of gender. Today, the Constitution does not guarantee equal rights for women.
Feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes create t-shirt in support of ERA
The t-shirt features the iconic fists raised photo that helped further propel Steinem and Pitman Hughes' iconic status in the feminist movement. Since 1971, the photo of them raising their fists in solidarity has been recognized as an enduring symbol of women's empowerment and the ongoing fight for constitutional equality. The image, by photographer Dan Wynn, now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and in the Black Power section of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
"After that photo was taken, it was sent out to campuses and neighborhood groups where Dorothy and I were speaking on equal rights," said Steinem. "Today hundreds of thousands of us stand together, especially the new generations of women and men who are becoming powerful voices for the ERA."
"The passage of the ERA will help women — and when you help women, you help everybody," said Pitman Hughes. "Today I work in underserved communities to help stimulate business growth, create jobs, and develop a vibrant ecosystem where diversity thrives. To really make that sustainable, we need the ERA. When women get equal pay and equal protection, their families, their communities, and our economy will certainly benefit."
The price point for the t-shirt is 24 dollars and 99 cents. 100 percent of proceeds will go towards supporting the ERA.
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