Intersectionality in the Diversity Space

Intersectionality is a term that arises more and more often in diversity conversations. It is a term that was coined in 1989 by a legal scholar writing about feminist theory, Kimberlé Crenshaw, who published "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics."

Intersectionality is not just a concept or abstract theory. It a term to describe people's self-identity and how multiple biases are experienced. Though Crenshaw focused on the intersection of sexism and racism, it applies today to the intersection of any and all biases.

For example, someone may discriminate against black males who are gay. At the intersection of gender, race, and sexual preference, the person discriminated against may be harmed from gender discrimination or race discrimination or sexual preference discrimination or any two or all three.

This is likely getting to the heart of the reaso...

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