Stephanie Hallett
Updated May 01, 2017 @ 4:17 pm
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In a world where police brutality toward African American women is on the rise and trans folks still face a disproportionately high rate of violence, intersectional feminism is more important than ever. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “intersectionality,” it was coined by scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in a 1989 paper, and it’s the notion that oppressions intersect to create compounded, complex experiences of discrimination. In short, intersectional feminism recognizes that patriarchy affects all women differently, leaving some further behind in the dust than others.

As Crenshaw notes, she came up with the idea of intersectionality after recognizing that anti-discrimination laws tackle gender and race separately, meaning the overlapping oppressions faced by black women get left out of the legal landscape, leaving this group of women without full protection.