- LEARNING TOGETHER | AUGUST 30, 2020 -
WHAT IS INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM? WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT IT IS
Intersectional feminism is the appreciation of how different forms of inequality operate together, overlap and exacerbate one another in the process of raising women's rights to that of men's.
All women are currently discriminated against, but discrimination has layers. For example, women who are black, or a woman who is a part of the LGBTQ+ community, will face greater oppression than a woman who is white and heterosexual. Age, class and immigration status are also contributing factors.
Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American lawyer and professor, coined the term 'intersectional feminism' in 1989, and states that "all inequality is not created equal".
Why do you need to know?
Intersectional feminism allows for the voices of women with overlapping, oppressed identities to be heard. It strives to prevent injustices from going unnamed or unchallenged by promoting an awareness and appreciation of the contributing factors towards discrimination against women.
In any given fight, it is essential we all understand the task at hand and the depth of its wrongs - without, an appropriate and effective resolution cannot be designed and will not take place.
Only together, including both men and women, alongside a clear appreciation of intersectional feminism, can equality be strived towards and be seen as an achievable prospect.