Pros And Cons Of Intersectionality

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According to the English Oxford Dictionary, intersectionality is the, “Interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage” (Oxford Dictionaries, n.d). Intersectionality is a way of acknowledging and comprehending that everyone’s identity has more than one attribute or social category; it’s how everyone experiences their own identity in their own unique way.
For instance, in the article, Why intersectionality can’t wait, the writer Kimberlé Crenshaw, talked about a group of black women who prosecuted General Motors for discrimination (Crenshaw, 2015). Crenshaw spoke about how
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But now that I understand the term I realized that I too, assumed that all women in America were concern with the pay wage gap between men and women. In most careers, women make much less money than men do for doing the same exact job. I thought all women prioritized this awful pay wage gap until I realized that I prioritize this unequal pay gap because I am a Caucasian female but, for instance, an African American woman may prioritize the injustices she may face while trying to get employed over the unequal pay gap. In the article, Study: anti-black hiring discrimination is as prevalent today as it was in 1989, German Lopez stated that, “The researchers found that anti-black racism in hiring is unchanged since at least 1989… The bottom line is whether you get a job in America can come down to your race” (Gomez, 2017). As a Caucasian woman I probably won’t have to worry discrimination when finding employment so I prioritize the pay wage gap. When I thought that all women should be concerned with the pay wage gap I did not acknowledge the injustices of minority women who may not be able to get a job or their job of choice due to their social

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