Third World Women's Alliance

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Third World Women's Alliance

The Third World Women's Alliance was a collective founded in 1971 as the Women's Liberation Committee of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Under the leadership of founding member Frances Beale, the group later became autonomous, with a mandate to work for African Americans and other minority communities by exposing the relationship between racism, economic exploitation, and sexual oppression. The organization saw the creation of a socialist society as a necessary part of this process.

Although the Third World Women's Alliance's focus was an international one, the issues of racism and sexism in the United States played an integral part in their work. The magazine produced by the group, Triple Jeopardy, carried articles about African-American and Hispanic women in the United States. The journal explored topics such as black women's role in Vietnam protests, the sterilization of women of color in the United States, and the relationship between feminism and the black liberation movement.

During the early 1970s the group, which was based in New York City, established several chapters across the country. By the 1980s it was the last surviving part of its parent organization, SNCC.

See also Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)


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