To commemorate the 91st anniversary of Black History month, a special postage stamp honoring Dorothy Height was issued. President Barack Obama called her the “godmother of the Civil Rights Movement,” and Hillary Clinton said Height, “understood that women’s rights and civil rights are indivisible. She stood up for the rights of women every chance she had.”
In 1963, Dorothy Height stood alongside Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he gave the “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington. Up until that time Height was a Civil Right leader and after that time she also became a Women’s Rights leader. She realized that while her male peers in the Civil Rights movement were happy to include women, they still very much saw themselves as running the household and the cause. In the years that followed, Height worked with other Women’s Rights activists including Gloria Steinem and received many notable awards for her efforts to improve the condition of black Americans and women.
Having participated in my first-ever political movement during the Women’s March earlier this year, I am humbled when I think of Dorothy Height who tirelessly worked to give American women a path to such freedoms.