Identity and Intersectionality

“Intersectionality refers to how different aspects of identity are interconnected. Theories of intersectionality explain how identity and consequential experiences of discrimination cannot be examined separately from one another, nor by a simple ‘adding up’ of different aspects of oppression. Rather, multiple dimensions combine to intensify (or reduce) systematic and institutional oppression.”

(Elliott T., 2017, Dartington: Research in Practice for Adults Topics: Intersectionality)

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Kimberlé Crenshaw - On Intersectionality

Keynote: Women of the World (WOW) 2016

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, - the academic who coined the term ‘intersectionality’ and co-founder of the African American Policy Forum - gives a keynote on the unique challenges facing women and girls of colour when it comes to the struggle for gender equality, racial justice and wellbeing. 

In her video, Kimberlé describes how gender and race intersect illustrating the experience of black women and the interconnectedness of these dimensions of identity.

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