n. in•ter•sec•tion•al fem•i•nism |ˌin-tər-ˈsek-shnəl ˈfeməˌnizəm |
1 considering "the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect" as we approach the "belief in and advocacy of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes expressed especially through organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests."
Yes, it's a mouthful. I actually combined two definitions. The long and short of it is that feminism doesn't take into account the many layers of discrimination that can impact women from different races, cultures, age groups, religions, abilities and so on. "Intersectionality" adds necessary nuance as we continue to unite for the advancement of women.
Kimberlé Crenshaw developed the theory of intersectionality in 1989 and is a leading scholar on critical race theory. She is also a lawyer, philosopher, author, speaker and civil rights advocate. Follow her on Instagram!