Women's Action Alliance

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Gloria Steinem at a Women's Action Alliance news conference on January 12, 1972

The Women's Action Alliance was a feminist organization in the United States, founded in 1971 during the Women's Movement.[1] It was founded by Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes. Steinem is a noted journalist, activist, and feminist leader. Upon its founding the Women's Action Alliance announced to the press its mission: "to assist women working on practical, local action projects; projects that attack the special problems of social dependence, discrimination, and limited life alternatives they face because they are women". The founders noted that the group was the "natural result of the success of the Women's Movement to date," now that both women and men had begun to see "depth and destructiveness of sex-role conditioning". By marshaling their considerable access to expertise in many fields, the founding members of the WAA sought to serve the "large numbers of women who want to change their lot in life." It made many contributions to the Women's Movement and to American women, including helping to open the first battered women's shelters.[2]

The board of directors of the Women's Action Alliance included several notable feminists such as Bella Abzug and Shirley Chisholm.[1] Gloria Steinem chaired the board from 1971-1978.[1]

The Women's Action Alliance was dissolved in 1997.[1]


The Women's Action Alliance published a resource guide in 1979.[3] Edited by Jane Williamson, Diane Winston and Wanda Wooten, this guide to women's issues and programs is organized by subject and includes lists of women's organizations.


  1. ^ a b c d "Women's Action Alliance Records, 1970-1996, Historical Note". Sophia Smith Collection. Smith College. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Miller, Marla R. (Summer 2002). "Tracking the Women's Movement through the Women's Action Alliance". Journal of Women's History. 14 (2): 154–156. doi:10.1353/jowh.2002.0051. 
  3. ^ Women's Action Alliance, Inc. (1979). Women's Action Almanac: A Complete Resource Guide. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc.