Intersectionality Matters – a conversation with Kimberle Crenshaw

Intersectionality is established as key theoretical construct in youth and community work training – see ‘Intersectionality and Resistance in Youth Work: Young People, Peace and Global ‘Development’ in a Racialized World’ by Momodou Sallah, Mike Ogunnusi and Richard Kennedy in the SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice.

The term was coined by Kimberle Crenshaw in “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics,” University of Chicago Legal Forum: Vol. 1989 , Article 8.

Here’s a chance to hear her in conversation.

Coronavirus did not create the stark social, financial, and political inequalities that define life for so many of us, but it has made them more strikingly visible than at any moment in recent history.

Meanwhile, the most vulnerable to societal neglect remain most impacted. Unfortunately, some of the intersectional dimensions of these structural disparities remain undetected and unreported.

Join us for a conversation with Kimberlé Crenshaw, hosted by Janine Jackson, about why intersectionality matters in this moment of crisis.


Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her work has been foundational in two fields of study that have come to be known by terms that she coined: Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.

She is the host of the African American Policy Forum’s Under The Blacklight: The Intersectional Failures that COVID Lays Bare, an ongoing livestream series in which thought leaders around the country discuss the current crisis, explore how we can move forward together to protect and uplift the most vulnerable among us, and imagine the world we hope to see emerge on the other side.

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