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Definition of intersectionality

: the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups [Kimberlé] Crenshaw introduced the theory of intersectionality, the idea that when it comes to thinking about how inequalities persist, categories like gender, race, and class are best understood as overlapping and mutually constitutive rather than isolated and distinct.— Adia Harvey Wingfield

Examples of intersectionality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the gifted teacher Mr. Smith (Dave Register) signs on as the club’s faculty sponsor, prospects look good for calm discussions of intersectionality and the like. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 The analytical lens of intersectionality is crucial to the meaningful and effective implementation of our values and mission. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 In the age of intersectionality, there’s perhaps no more helpful metaphor than the intersection itself. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2022 Better understand the concept of intersectionality as originally taught by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2022 Just like within the disability community itself, there is inherent intersectionality across the human experience that binds us all and businesses are no different. Jonathan Kaufman, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Kimberlé Crenshaw, 62, is a legal scholar who developed the notions of critical race theory and intersectionality. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 Now it mostly gets brought up as a model of white privilege walking and whatever intersectionality isn't. Darren Franich,, 9 Dec. 2021 In light of this recent special that Dave Chappelle has released, The Closer, a lot of people are acutely aware that there seems to be a lack of acknowledgement about intersectionality. Alicia Lutes, Vulture, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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1989, in the meaning defined above

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“Intersectionality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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