Liberation for All: Recovering the Lasting Legacy of the Third World Women’s Alliance, 1968-2012


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships




“Liberation for All” traces the intellectual genealogies of a “women of color” feminist practice rooted in the Women’s Liberation Movement(s) of the 1970s and still used today for political activity. This dissertation offers the first comprehensive study of one of the largest multi-racial feminist groups of the 1970s, the Third World Women's Alliance. Drawing on untapped archival documents and new oral histories, this project challenges dominant narratives that posit Black social activism as declining with the demise of national Black Power and Civil Rights organizations. Instead, “Liberation for All” unveils the ways Black women, in women of color groups, continued fighting for radical social change through regional organizing well into the twenty-first century. This dissertation argues that the Alliance’s theorization of Triple Jeopardy, the idea that racism, sexism, and imperialism were interlinked forms of oppression, provided members the ideological framework to successfully coalesce Black, Latina, Asian, and Indigenous women.