Intersectionality may be a buzz word in the news, personal essays and protest marches now, but it wasn’t a well-known concept until scholar Kimberle Crenshaw developed and presented the theory in the 1980s. Crenshaw is a leading scholar in the fields of critical race theory and women’s studies, and a law professor at UCLA and Columbia University.

As a result of the excellence of her work, Crenshaw was awarded the 2017 Gittler Prize from Brandeis University, which is granted to scholars whose work make a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations. 

Callie Crossley sat down with Kimberle Crenshaw to discuss her theory of intersectionality, and how its evolved and grown outside of the scholastic world. 

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