Defined by Merriam-Webster as the “complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intesect, especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups.”

Intersectionality considers an individual’s overlapping identities and experiences to paint a clear picture of the unique forms of prejudice or bias they may face.

The term was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, who introduced the theory in her 1989 paper Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex:A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics.

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