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Episode 8: WITCH in Action

On Halloween of 1968, a coven of witches in black robes and pointy hats hexed Wall Street. They called themselves WITCH—Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell—but there was nothing international or violent about this guerrilla theater protest group that emerged in the early days of the women’s liberation movement. We talk with Bev Grant about WITCH’s origins at the Miss America Beauty Pageant, and Heather Booth, who was part of a coven in Chicago. Historian Joyce Antler puts WITCH into context.

  • WITCH hexing Wall Street, bankers looking on, October 31, 1968, New York.
  • Peggy Dobbins and the Miss America puppet, September 7, 1968, Atlantic City.
  • Miss America puppet and the Freedom Trashcan, September 7, 1968, Atlantic City.
  • The Miss America Pageant protest, September 7, 1968, Atlantic City.
  • WITCH hexing Wall Street, October 31, 1968, New York.
  • The Miss America Pageant protest, child with sign, September 7, 1968, Atlantic City.
  • Bev Grant in 1968
  • Heather Booth
1 Comment

Hello!Shalom

so very happy to have happenon this!  would love to talk with you sometime-i was in a lot of this also up in Minneapolis-de-sexigating the Star and Trib, also went to Mississippi, and was in the Vietnam War protests.  also-have found that i get along, feel 'synch' with people from Chicago.  and remember the Women's Liberation conference in '68 near Chicago 2.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 8: WITCH in Action." (Viewed on December 14, 2017) <https://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/witch-in-action>.

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