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Third Wave Foundation

  • By: Alpha S. DeLap
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The Third Wave Foundation is an American feminist activist organization run by young women that emerged from the grassroots organizing work in the mid-1990s. Founded by Catherine Gund, Dawn Martin, Amy Richards, and Rebecca Walker in 1996, it supports equity in race, and sexual identity as well as gender equity, and emphasizes empowering young women and transgender activists to move ahead with their personal visions of the future. Rebecca Walker, the daughter of artist and civil rights activist and self-proclaimed womanist, Alice Walker, is a self-identified biracial, bisexual, unmarried, working parent.

She continues to blur expectations and create sociocultural dissonance, and has come to signify the fundamental foci of the third wave of feminism: difference and multiplicity, or in other words, creating societal change through ...

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