Intersectionality is the interconnection and overlapping of oppressive systems in society. Class, race, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age, religion, and many other elements are often included in intersectionality. To truly fight for women’s equality, it is essential to address all intersections. As stated by feminist and civil rights activist, Audre Lorde, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”
Listed below are some reasons for why we fight for all women’s voices to be heard:
1.) American Indian and Alaskan Native women are paid only 87% of what American Indian and Alaskan Native men earn, and only 58% of what white men earn.
2.) 83% of women with disabilities are sexually assaulted within their lifetimes, compared to 33% of women overall.
3.) Hispanic women are paid 87% of what Hispanic males earn, and only 54% of what white males earn.
4.) In a study, 69% of women who wore a hijab reported at least one incident of discrimination in comparison to the 29% of women who did not wear a hijab.
5.) More than 20% of Hispanic females under the age of 18 are living below poverty level.
6.) 20% of children being raised by same-sex female couples live in poverty.
7.) African Americans count for 42% of the homeless population, despite them only making up of 12% of the general population.
8.) 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by their intimate partner. 35% of heterosexual women experience this.
9.) African American women are only paid 88% of what African American males earn, and only paid 75% of what white males earn.
10.) 8% of Native Americans are homeless despite making up 1% of the general population.
11.) In 2016, 11% of women with disabilities were unemployed.
By: Feminist JAMMS