The W.I.T.C.H. movement was founded on Halloween in 1968. A group of second-wave feminists—part of the group New York Radical Women—broke away to expand the reach of their protest. W.I.T.C.H. stood for “Women’s Global Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell,” and its members wanted to represent more than just the fight for women’s rights; they wanted to support the anti-war movement, students’ rights, black liberation, and more. The group would be theatrical, with every member dressed in a full witch costume and remaining completely anonymous.
Many members of the original W.I.T.C.H. were practicing witches. They believed the connection between women, witchcraft, and politics was indeed very old. In Margot Adler’s seminal 1979 book on paganism, Drawing Down the Moon, she writes, “Feminist Witches have stated that Witchcraft is not incompatible with politics, and further that the Craft is a ……
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