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 TWAA pushed the women's movement to address issues such as sterilization abuse, infant mortality, welfare, and wage exploitation. Their revolutionary framework focused on the effect of US foreign and military policy on women's lives worldwide, declaring that US activists had an important role to play in "global sisterhood." 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 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 movement, this historical resource will inspire activists today and tomorrow, reminding a new generation that solidarity across difference is the only way forward.