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Women's Movement: Time's Bad Timing

December 25, 1989

Nikki Finke's article on the women's movement ("Time Picks on Feminism," Nov. 30) was right on target when it pointed to Time magazine's failure to define feminism. Feminism never has been the one-dimensional white, middle-class struggle the media persist in presenting.

It is the fight for basic human rights for all women--more than half the world's population. It is integral to the fight against racism, anti-gay bigotry, child abuse, poverty, dismal health care and much more. This is why feminism is simultaneously trivialized and fiercely resisted.

The murderous rampage in Canada that left 14 women dead and ongoing right-wing terror at abortion clinics are riveting examples of the life-and-death struggle that the women's movement truly embodies.

The heart and ferocity of feminism comes from poor and working women, especially women of color. From hospital and cannery workers and teachers waging militant labor strikes to the student who writes editorials in her high school newspaper condemning sexual harassment, the message is clear: Women will not retreat.

"The Third Wave of Feminism: A Candidly Revolutionary Approach" is the timely theme of the upcoming 23rd Anniversary Conference of Radical Women, a socialist feminist organization. It is expected to draw hundreds of feminists, radicals, community activists and students from across the country and abroad. Scheduled for Feb. 17-20 in Santa Monica, this national conference will focus on the theory and strategies needed for making the third wave of feminism a winning one.

JENA STARA

Los Angeles

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