What is Intersectionality and 5 Reasons Why It’s Important

The definition of Intersectionality as given by the dictionary:

Noun: the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

 

But what does this mean? Intersectionality takes into account all parts of a person’s identity and treats every person as a unique individual. A person who is a minority and a woman may face different challenges than a white woman in our current society.

So why is it important?

  • When creating a social movement meant to help a particular group of people, it is important to take into account what problems every member of your group is facing due to their unique identity.

 

  • Without intersectionality many problems of people in oppressive positions in our society will be forgotten.

 

 

  • Intersectionality helps us better understand what a friend or family member may be experiencing.

 

  • In order to tackle a large problem, you must first understand every pillar of the problem.

 

  • It helps us become a more inclusive society.

 

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