We Were There: The Third World Women's Alliance and the Second Wave

  • 10h 25m 49s
  • Patricia Romney
  • Blackstone Audio, Inc. dba Blackstone Publishing
  • 2021

From 1970 to 1980, the Third World Women’s Alliance lived the dream of third world feminism. The small bicoastal organization was one of the earliest groups advocating for what came to be known as intersectional activism, arguing that women of color faced a “triple jeopardy” of race, gender, and class oppression. Rooted in the Black civil rights move­ment, the TWWA pushed the women’s movement to address issues such as sterilization abuse, infant mortality, welfare, and wage exploitation, and challenged third world activist organizations to address sexism in their ranks. Widely recognized as the era’s pri­mary voice for women of color, this alliance across ethnic and racial identities was unique then and now.

Interweaving oral history, scholarly and archival research, and first-person memoir, We Were There documents how the TWWA shaped and defined second wave feminism. Highlight­ing the essential contributions of women of color to the justice move­ments of the 1970s, this historical resource will inspire activists today and tomorrow, reminding a new generation that solidarity is the only way forward.

About the Author

Patricia Romney received her PhD in clinical psychology from the City University of New York. She is a retired professor who taught at Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College, and is the coeditor of Understanding Power: An Imperative for Human Services. She is based in Amherst, MA.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: The Need for This Story
  • A Luta Continua: Alliance Women Today
  • Chapter 1 - August 26, 1970
  • Chapter 2 - From Double Jeopardy to Triple Jeopardy: The Genesis of the TWWA
  • Chapter 3 - The New York Chapter <1970-1977>: Platform, Theory, and Praxis
  • Chapter 4 - Westward Expansion <1972-1980>: Seattle Third World Women and the Bay Area Chapter
  • Chapter 5 - International Women’s Day
  • Chapter 6 - Third World Women’s Alliance Collaborators
  • Chapter 7 - Reflecting Back/Looking Forward