Third World Women's Alliance

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The Third World Women's Alliance (TWWA) is a civil rights organization allied in 1971. The alliance was originally called NBAWADU — with the intent to sound African —this stood for National Black Anti-War Anti- Draft Union. It was an attempt to bring awareness to young people about the war (Beal). Their mission was to work for African Americans and other minorities by exposing the relation between sexual oppression, racism, and financial exploitation.

Third World Women's Alliance
Founder: Frances Beale


The Third World Women’s Alliance was founded in 1971 under the leadership of founding member Frances Beale. The alliance goes back from the 1968 Black Women’s Caucus, they developed into the Black Women’s Liberation Committee and eventually formed an organization independent of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Formed an alliance with a group of revolutionary Puerto Rican women activists to become the Third World Women’s Alliance. Their main focus was to unite women of color across anti-imperialist, anti-sexist, and anti-racist political lines. Now recently the new alliance recognized the ideological links between global capitalism and oppressions experienced by women of color from subjects like race, gender, and class.


The Alliance had many strategies to attack the treats of racism, sexism, and classism. Adding that to empower and preserve the ideology of third world women, membership in the alliance was limited mainly to women of color. The first meeting was on September 25, 1971 and was followed by a series of consciousness-raising sessions, which covered political and cultural education issues such as political prisoners. While losing some lesbians of color, the TWWA’s priority concern was not on homosexuality, but building alliances and coalitions with other revolutionary organizations. To be well known in the public and political actions that take place in the organizations was key. 05:40, 12 December 2012 (UTC). Some of the women from the Third World Women’s Alliance began to organize this Alliance Against Women’s Oppression, and that was a white as well as a women-of-color organization. TWWA rejected a feminism that posits sexism as the primary source of women’s subordination and developed an analysis predicated on the interaction of race, class, and sex oppression and on an international perspective.


The Third World Women’s Alliance (TWWA) widened the possibility of women’s involvement through a triple jeopardy perspective. This idea motions an open-minded perspective on the feminists who connected domestic issues in communities of color to justice and anti-imperial movements in the Third World. Adding to the critical reproductive theory. Furthermore, it demonstrates how Black women's protests against sexism in the civil rights movements formed a Black feminist mutual identity.

Many understood the Third World Women's Alliance to be a US Women of Color political formation. Because it was a radical based movement, they focused on the experiences, concerns, and perspectives of black, Asian, Puerto Rican and Hispanic women who were critical of the masculine beliefs interfering with the justice movements occurring within their community. It developed with the goal of redefining the "role of the black woman in the revolutionary struggle". The group, now to be called the Third World Women's Alliance (TWWA) brought differences of culture, race, and ethnicity into the fight against capitalist exploitation in communities of color, stereotypes, and drug and alcohol abuse. They waged with segments of Black Power and women's liberation movements.


The common ground in the Alliance was oppression and how they faced oppression from the time they had to resist it. The thought of the Alliance was to bring out the depth of the stress on how the oppression and suffering blacks have experienced. If there is anything to learn from the Alliance is that were a revolutionary feminist groups, which roles are not made from the incompatibility of white role models but to be with the goal of black liberation.

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