Sunday, September 1, 2013


Intersectionality, notes scholar Erin Ranft, is a black feminist term and theory that refers to the examination of various aspects of identity, including race, class, gender, and sexuality, and the manners in which women, particularly women of color, experience and confront oppressions based on the intersections of their multiple identities in a white, capitalist, patriarchal society.

Legal scholar KimberlĂ© Crenshaw coined the term "intersectionality theory" in 1989 and received even more prominence as black feminist scholar Patricia Hill Collins highlighted intersectionality and described how systems of oppression such as race, gender, class, and sexuality often intersected. 


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