Continuing the Challenge – Intersectionality

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Continuing the Challenge – Intersectionality

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Resources to learn and understand more about the concept of the Intersectionality of gender and race.



The end of Black History Month in February and the beginning of Women’s History Month in March is a particularly rich time to examine intersectionality. This moment highlights the true cross-section of our mission to Eliminate Racism, Empower Women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. This Continuing the Challenge post dovetails with our Racial Justice Challenge. Learn more below or click here to sign up for the RJC that begins on April 17th.

Intersectionality is a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, who defines it as a “lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects.” Recognizing that we can occupy multiple disadvantaged identities can aid in naming multiple disadvantages on social and structural, systemic levels.

We challenge you to:

3 mins
This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionality | Smart News
Explore the long legacy of women who shaped feminist sociological theory with The National Museum of African American History and Culture.

5 mins
What Is Intersectionality and Why Is It Important? | AAUP
Consider the complexities of intersectionality

18 mins
Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality | TED Talk
Bear witness to the reality of intersectionality with Crenshaw as she urges listeners to speak up for victims of prejudice.

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What Does Intersectionality Mean? : 1A : NPR
Listen as Crenshaw is joined by Treva Lindsey and Juliana Hu Pegues in a conversation about intersectionality.

For more Continuing the Challenge resources click below or sign up here for our upcoming educational YWCA Racial Justice Challenge where you receive content like this for 21 days as we explore Disability, Housing, Mental Health, and Music:

What is the Racial Justice Challenge?

Many people are becoming newly aware of how systemic racism and violence are impacting people of color. Even if you are new to the conversation, that is okay! Our Racial Justice Challenge, formerly the 21-Day Challenge, is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants who sign up for the Challenge will receive daily tasks via email to help foster their understanding and awareness, with activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, or reflecting on personal experience. If you’ve already participated in the challenge in the past please know that the challenge is designed to be taken multiple times by selecting different daily challenges in order to expand what you have previously learned. Follow this link for the resources.

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