A NECESSARY TOOL FOR POLICY WORK
It has been nearly three decades since Kimberlé Crenshaw first introduced the term ‘intersectionality’ into the public lexicon. Since then its application in scholarship and activism has grown in popularity. Intersectionality explores the ways in which people of various identities distinctly experience oppression. Black feminist, Latina, queer, anti-colonial, and Indigenous scholarships have all used this concept to denote the different ways complex social processes shape the multiple dimensions of human experiences. Similarly, this approach has been extended to policy makers to better confront complex social issues.
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Unpacking Equity is a collaboration between the Public Policy and Governance Review and the Equity, Diversity and Public Policy Initiative at the School of Public Policy and Governance. This series aims to explain equity-related policy issues and break down complicated topics involving equity, diversity and inclusion. Policy professionals can gain a better understanding of these complex issues in order to incorporate an equity lens into their practice.