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Black Lives Matter Book of the Week

Posted on: November 19, 2021

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

We Were There

by Patricia Romney

Congratulations to local author Patricia Romney, whose new book has received glowing advance reviews. From 1970 to 1980, the Third World Women’s Alliance 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. The Alliance 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 that era’s primary voice for women of color, this alliance across ethnic and racial identities was unique then and now. We Were There documents how the Alliance 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.

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