Equity Team Challenge
Week 5: Intersectionality


Legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” in 1989 to describe how systems of oppression overlap to create distinct experiences for people with multiple identity categories. Although intersectional theory and activism today are far-flung and embrace a wide variety of people, Crenshaw began with Black women, whose oppression couldn’t be encompassed exclusively with the terms “racism” or “sexism,” if they were framed as an either/or proposition.

Main Challenge

Check out Kimberle Crenshaw discuss intersectionality and what the impacts look like in the workplace (13 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSTf89pLcl0

Self-Reflection Questions

  • What are you taking away from today’s challenge?
  • How does intersectionality impact you in your life?

Please consider joining us for our next Equity Team meeting on Monday, June 5 at 3:45 pm in Room 3. Students, parents, staff, and teachers are all invited to participate.