Intersectionality of Race, Class, and Gender

Intersectionality is the recognition that while one class may contain a similar group makeup (being transgender) , the group itself might be divided into different categories (race, class). Intersectionality is the effect of one or more of the subgroups on another subgroup and the entire group. Essentially, none of us exist in a vacuum.

This page will discuss the etiology of this concept and its effects on populations.

For more reading on intersectionality, please feel free to visit the following links:

International Socialist Review: Black Feminism & Intersectionality

Intersectional Feminism 101

Below is a fun chart about the different subgroups and their relationships to each other.

A chart displaying intersectionality
(Image from www.feministcurrent.com)

There is an amazing article on the origins of intersectionality and how white, millennial feminism is, in the author’s words, “co-opting” the term in a way that suggests there are multiple tiers, and that the white version is somehow superior.

It’s worth noting that any website or document that discusses intersectionality and doesn’t include race and class is probably not going to be very intersectional in scope.

This is by no means a comprehensive look into intersectionality of gender, race and class, but hopefully it provides a basic idea of what it is, who it affects (everybody in society), and starts a discussion on how we can keep it alive over the next four years.