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The Struggle Against Racism, Sexism, and Imperialism, a lecture by Tiana U. Wilson.

Members of the Third World Women’s Alliance (TWWA), one of the largest and most influential women of color organizations of the 1970s, theorized their oppression through the lens of triple jeopardy. As a feminist ideology and praxis, TWWA members coined triple jeopardy to provide women of color the ideological framework to forge solidarity across different movements, histories, cultures, and experiences. Women of the Black Power movement founded the TWWA in New York in 1968, and then opened the group to Latina, Asian, and Native American feminists to reflect their larger anti-imperialist commitments. By 1970, the TWWA had a more diverse membership with additional branches in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, Washington. The presentation will explore some key examples of how TWWA members on the West Coast matched theory with practice and extended the group’s broader goals of internationalism. The TWWA Bay chapter’s cultural work and community activism shed light on how Black feminism was a starting point upon which other women of color
could build and expand.

A reception will follow.

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