Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010) was an American civil rights and women's rights activist who represented certain issues of African American women. She did unemployment, illiteracy and voter awareness. Dorothy also worked for National Council of Negro Women for forty years, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal ten years following that. Dorothy was born in Richmond, Virginia, though raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she graduated high school. She died in Washington, D.C., age 98.