We wanted to start off the talk of the town in preparation for our May Monthly Newsletter!
This Talk of the Town's question is: What does intersectional feminism and gender equality mean to you?
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Intersectional feminism is acknowledging the racism and sexism poc women face. Intersectionality is the way in which multiple forms of discrimination like racism, sexism, homophobia etc intersect. Viewing WOC as just women or just POC independently erases the struggles WOC face from facing 2 forms of oppression. Intersectionality identifies that descrimination is not always additive-WOC don’t just face double the discrimination they face a unique type of struggle that needs to be recognize. Without intersectionality society will never be truly equal.
For example, we will never truly close the gender pay gap without paying specific attention to the fact that the gap is wider for WOC than white women. This is one the the many reasons that intersectionality matters.
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To me intersectional feminism plays a major role in gender equality; Acknowledging that everyone has their own unique experiences of discrimination and oppression, we must consider everything and anything that can marginalise people – gender, race, class, sexual orientation, physical ability, etc. -Jiya Parikh (I am ok with being featured)