Intersectionality 101: Why “we’re focusing on women” doesn’t work for Diversity & Inclusion

Jennifer Kim
Apr 10, 2018 · 6 min read
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Image credit: Rosie the Riveter (Modern)

“If I’m a black woman, I have some disadvantages because I’m a woman and some disadvantages because I’m black. But I also have some disadvantages specifically because I’m [a] black woman, which neither black men nor white women have to deal with. That’s intersectionality; race, gender, and every other way to be disadvantaged interact with each other.” (u/Amarkov)

Why focusing on women first doesn’t solve the problem

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Why your D&I initiatives should go further than women-first

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Twitter thread. I’ve also heard from many women of color who don’t feel like they’re being served by ERGs/women’s groups at their companies.
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The importance of embracing intersectionality

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Sign at the 2018 Women’s March. Intersectionality fail 😱 Don’t be this person.


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Jennifer Kim

Written by

All things Talent, building better startups, & future of work. http://jennifer.kim/ & http://inclusionatwork.co

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Creating compassionate space for uncomfortable conversations

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