Published March 8, 2021
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we recognize the varied backgrounds of women and the diversity of their experiences in considering issues of equity and justice.
A helpful frame of reference for this is “intersectionality,” a term coined more than 25 years ago by legal scholar and critical race theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw to help explain the oppression of African-American women. The term has since broadened in use to shape conversations about racial justice and identity politics. Intersectionality asserts that our lived experiences – including experiences of discrimination – differ based on our overlapping individual characteristics, including gender, race, class and gender identity. The concept is intended to help make visible the complex interactions of identity with social, political and economic structures of power.
In the coming weeks, we will celebrate the diverse women of the School of Architecture and Planning community – faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners who are at the forefront of research, policy and action in the fields of architecture, urban planning and real estate development. Join us in conversation as we document the varied perspectives and contributions of women across our disciplines as we work together to build more equitable and just communities.
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