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Intersectional Feminism

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What is Intersectional Feminism?

Most know that feminism is the movement set on achieving gender equality. But not as many know what intersectional feminism is. So what is it, exactly? The term intersectionality was coined by civil rights activist and professor Kimberlé Crenshaw and can be defined as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discr imination or disadvantage.” By adding the idea of intersectionality to feminism, the movement becomes truly inclusive, and allows women of all races, economic standings, religions, identities and orientations for their voices to be heard.

Over the course of its existence, feminism has mainly focused on the issues experienced by white, middle-class women. For example, it is largely shared and advertised that a woman makes 78 cents to a man's dollar. But this is only the statistic for white women. As upsetting as it is, women of minority groups make even less. Black women earn 64 cents to white men's dollar and Hispanic women only earn 56 cents. Intersectional feminism takes into account the many different ways each woman experiences discrimination. “White feminism” is a term that is used to describe a type of feminism that overshadows the struggles women of color, LGBTQ women and women of other minority groups face. So, essentially, it's not true feminism at all.

“White feminism” ignores intersectionality and neglects to recognize the discriminations experienced by women who are not white. It's important to note that not all feminists who are white practice “white feminism.” “White feminism” depicts the way white women face gender inequality as the way all women experience gender inequality, which just isn't correct. Continue reading from Denison

From The Collection

Link to Black Women Taught Us: an intimate history of Black Feminism by Jenn M Jackson PhD in the catalog
Link to Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall in the Catalog
Link to Bell Hooks: the Last Interview edited by Mikki Kendall in the catalog
Link to Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Pop Culture by Zeba Blay in the catalog
Link to Black and Female: Essays by Tsitsi Dangarembga in the catalog
Link to Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis in the Catalog
Link to There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker in the Catalog
Link to White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad in the Catalog
Link to Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde in the Catalog
Link to We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in the Catalog
Link to This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins in Hoopla
Link to Beyonce In Formation: Remixing Black Feminism by Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley in the Catalog
Link to The Selected Works of Audre Lorde edited by Roxane Gay in the Catalog
Link to Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom in the Catalog