FROM THE ARTICLE:
"The original “The Future Is Female” T-shirt design was made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City. The photographer Liza Cowan took a picture of Alix Dobkin, her girlfriend at the time, wearing it in 1975. The photograph was done for a slide show she was working on.

“I was just beginning to be a photographer, and asked five friends if I could do a before-and-after story on how a woman’s look can change over the course of her life as she matures and comes out,” Ms. Cowan said from her home in Burlington, Vt."

read the whole thing here, online at The New York Times