Racial Justice Feature: Kimberlé Crenshaw

Today we are sharing our second installment of our racial justice feature series, this time focusing on the meaning of “intersectionality” and its impacts. The term “intersectionality” was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw to describe the overlap or intersection of social identities, particularly marginalized identities. This term helps elucidate how people with different intersectional identities have different experiences with systemic oppression. 

Kimberlé Crenshaw is an American lawyer, civil rights advocate, and leading scholar of Black feminist theory. Crenshaw also teaches as a professor at both UCLA and Columbia Law Schools, and she is the co-founder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum. Her scholarship has been the foundation for the development of such theories as intersectional feminism, and continues to be influential as we continue the work of addressing discrimination in all its forms. Please take the time to listen to this brief TED Talk given by Crenshaw in 2016.

To read more about her and her work, we have included addition resources below:

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/20/18542843/intersectionality-conservatism-law-race-gender-discrimination

https://time.com/5786710/kimberle-crenshaw-intersectionality/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marianneschnall/2020/06/12/interview-with-kimberle-crenshaw/#43b46ec9427c