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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

What is Intersectionality?

Person in the middle of overlapping circlesIntersectionality is a term coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989.  It originated as a way to discuss how systems of oppression overlap and create distinct experiences for people with multiple identity categories. While this term was created by Crenshaw to explain the unique experience that Black women face in addition to racism and sexism, the word has continued to encompass more identities. (The Editors, 2020) Today, intersectionality acknowledges that we must consider everything that can marginalise people – gender, race, class, sexual orientation, physical ability, etc and that these forms of oppression can overlap. Intersectionality is very integral in political/social issues and be popularly seen in the Women's Rights Movement. 

Crenshaw's works on intersectionality can be found below:

Resources Related to Intersectionality

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