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Coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, Intersectionality originally applied to her studies around the compounded disadvantage Women of Colour faced during the American Civil Rights Movement. Now being used more widely as an analytical framework for understanding how aspects of a person's social and political identities compound to create different layers of discrimination and privilege. Intersectionality identifies multiple factors of advantage and disadvantage across different characteristics such as Race, Class, Sexuality, Marital Status, Disability, Gender, Faith etc.

See: Identity.

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