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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program


Intersectionality refers to the attention given to interlocking forms of oppression and privilege. The genesis of black feminist thought, Kimberle Crenshaw's 1991 article "Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color" is heralded as the first article to explore systematically the ways that racism and sexism act as mutually interlocking systems of oppression. Today, the theory is used broadly across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Approaches to intersectionality are features of the required courses:

WGST 201/GENL 399 - Introduction to Women's Studies
WGST 301/GENL 499 - Understanding Feminist Theories