Who We Are
Women for Racial and Economic Equality (WREE) was formed in 1974 as a “sisterhood…around the world…a powerful force for peace.” In 1977, WREE held its first national meeting. WREE had chapters in twenty-five U.S. cities coast to coast, active in promoting Peace for almost twenty-years.
WREE recognizes that, as long as there is war, which only benefits the Corporate-Financial-Government Complex, there can never be a focus on human needs, never an enlightened, peaceful society, and never a safe place for children.
Therefore, in 2018, WREE has been reinstituted under new leadership, but with the same commitment and with the same affiliations, both national and international.
From the beginning, WREE organizers reflected a clear class- and race-consciousness unparalleled in the history of the women’s rights peace movement. Norma Spector, one of WREE’s original New York founders, explained that the group was a direct reaction to the white, middle-class nature of the second wave of the women’s movement.
As new organizations multiplied, the women responsible for the birth of WREE reacted to what they perceived as a vacuum, that is, the lack of movement addressing concerns of the poor and women of color.
Accordingly, a small group of New York City women decided to form a grassroots organization that would confront basic issues, such as racism, sexism, welfare reform, reproductive rights, child care, housing, health care, food, and employment. The theme tying it all together was peace.
Vital Issues for Today Include
- Wage Equality and Cost of Living Adjustments
- Federal recognition of Caregivers and Mothers as laborers, with attendant benefits
- Health Care and Benefits
- Free and Equal Education for all, up to and including Higher Education
- The Epidemic of Homelessness
- And many more
Women of the World Unite!
“No other feminist peace organization had been able to do this”
We are ready for this and know that anything we are doing is good and can be improved; that is where you come in. Let us know how you can shape this movement. One seemingly small group, which started forming locally in New York City in 1974, Women for Racial and Economic Equality was the rebirth of the Congress of American Women, which had been disbanded during the McCarthy era.
The WREE organizers, although acquainted with some of the original members of the CAW did not intend their group to be a revival of the former organization, nor were they necessarily even aware hat the former group had even existed. However, WREE, in its ultimate shape, resembled the CAW in its program, its interracial makeup, and its affiliation with the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF).