in·​ter·​sec·​tion·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsek-shnəl How to pronounce intersectional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of intersectional

1a : of or relating to intersectionality Because the intersectional experience is greater than the sum of racism and sexism, any analysis that does not take intersectionality into account cannot sufficiently address the particular manner in which Black women are subordinated.— Kimberlé Crenshaw
b : involving members of multiple social categories … I was near my home, in the midst of a multiracial, multigenerational, intersectional protest. I joined hundreds of others in the streets.— Kira Banks
2 [ inter- + 1sectional ] : existing between sections intersectional war an intersectional game
3 : of or relating to an intersection intersectional joints/lines

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And that same year, a group of lesbian activists formed their own organization, the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance, that focused on their intersectional oppression. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "The Stonewall of the South That History Forgot," 25 June 2019 Soloway, who founded 50/50 by 2020, an intersectional initiative of Time’s Up, has signed on as one of Free the Work’s tastemakers, contributing playlists consisting of nonbinary creatives and her discoveries of female directors. Stacy Perman,, "Filmmaker Alma Har'el frees up space for women in the entertainment industry," 17 June 2019 For me, intersectional artists are going to really make a wave that is both social and economic change. Darcel Rockett,, "14 Chicagoans received $50,000 each to make a difference in the city. Here’s how they plan to spend the dough.," 13 June 2019 There was no mention of the challenges people of color faced, or the intersectional difficulty of being a woman of color in economics. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Economics needs to do more than attract women to solve its gender problem," 11 June 2019 Next year, Mojarro hopes to deepen community connections and the intersectional lens of the initiative. Greta Moran, Teen Vogue, "The Culture of Sexual Harassment at Music Festivals Like Coachella Could Be Changing," 3 May 2019 This is fashion’s most in-demand intersectional traveler between continents, countries, and cultures. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Grace Wales Bonner Wins the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund—And She’s Headed to New York," 1 May 2019 Her feminism of deeply connected relationships is one that escapes notice in our rush to make sure our feminism names every ism and every intersectional category in its articulation. Brittney Cooper, Cosmopolitan, "Why Feminism Needed Beyonce," 14 Feb. 2018 And because of that, her observations aren’t intersectional and are made under the gaze of heteronormative privilege. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Midge Maisel Isn’t the Feminist Hero You’re Looking For—and That’s Okay," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of intersectional

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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