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Intersectionality Defined

Intersectionality: quick understanding - The term was conceived by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. It refers to the ways that our social identities–including sex, race, ethnicity, class, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability–affect our status and degree of privilege in society. 

Word We're Watching: Intersectionality: Merriam-Webster

The complex and cumulative way that the effects of different forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, and yes, intersect - especially in the experiences of marginalized people or groups. This word was added in April 2017.

Intersectionality: defined in Encyclopedia of Race and Racism

Intersectionality refers to the interaction between gender, race, and other categories of difference in individual lives, social practices, institutional arrangements, and cultural ideologies. In 1989, legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw proposed that intersectionality is an idea to assist in examining the multidimensional situations, struggles, and voices of, in particular, black and minority women who found themselves occupying an invisible space within more mainstream and middle-class antiracist and feminist discourses.

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