Women in underrepresented racial and ethnic groups experience intersectional barriers that white women and men underrepresented racial and ethnic groups don’t face. This webinar outlines the effects of the intersecting multiple dimensions of diversity and provides tools and tips for organizations to mitigate the negative effects. To access the webinar recording viewers will need to join the Catalyst Community.
While traditional diversity and inclusion frameworks have helped bring more diverse talent into organizations, what got organizations here will not get them where they want to be. An intersectional approach that reaches all facets of corporate life is often more fruitful.
Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term “intersectionality” to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.
There is oftentimes a tendency to treat race and gender as mutually exclusive categories of experience and analysis. In this article, the author wants to examine how this tendency is perpetuated by a single-axis framework that is dominant in antidiscrimination law and that is also reflected in feminist theory and antiracist politics. Black women are the center of her analysis, in order to contrast the multidimensionality of Black women’s experience with the single-axis analysis that distorts these experiences.
Kimberlé Crenshaw (J.D. Harvard; L.L.M. University of Wisconsin; B.A. Cornell University) is a professor of Law at Columbia University and UCLA. She is famous for creating a foundational tool or framework, called “intersectionality,” for understanding the multiple forces shaping social inequalities. This database contains discipline-specific video links and articles that will allow for you to think about how current policies, practices, and discourses from Criminal Justice to Literature can be changed and improved.