Intersectionality is a tool to help understand complexity in society by rejecting single-axis framings and analyses of social relations. Its origins are found within Black feminist movements and knowledge production projects in the United States. The first formulation of the term intersectionality is often credited to socio-legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw who observed that legislation about race is framed to protect Black men and that legislation about sexism is understood to protect White women; simply combining racism and sexism together does not therefore protect Black women.

To understand and address the ways in which sexism and racism shape the daily experiences of Black women, it is necessary to acknowledge the ways in which they interact and interlock. Intersectionality is interested in the specific kinds of oppression produced ...

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