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Intersectional Feminism: Defined

Mar 24, 2022

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This International Women’s Day, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the importance of intersectional feminism.

So, what is “intersectional feminism?”

A hand-drawn graphic depicting a stick figure surrounded by words with arrows pointing to it, such as, "Race, Education, Sexuality, Ability, Age, Gender, Ethnicity, Culture, Language, and Class."

A framework that recognizes, “that all the aspects of identity enrich women’s lived experiences and compound and complicate the various oppressions and marginalizations women face” (Howard University School of Law Library).

The term was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, American civil rights advocate and critical race theory scholar, in 1989.

From Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech to bell hooks’ “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” and beyond, we recognize and honor the intersectional feminists who have paved the way for a more equitable and inclusive society for us all.

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