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.