On January 28, 1992, a group of ten to fifteen friends from the New York art world called a meeting, entitled “Women strategizing in the 90’s”. There were many reasons these women felt frustrated and angry, but the chief catalyst for the meeting was the recent confirmation of Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court Justice after Anita Hill’s testimony that he sexually harassed her. Between seventy-five and one hundred women came to this meeting, and the group decided to become a direct-action organization, similar to ACT-UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and the Women’s Health Action Coalition (WHAM). They immediately voted on the initials “WAC”. After a dispute over whether the “A” should stand for “Action” or “Artists”, their name officially became Women’s Action Coalition.
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