Friday, May 1, 2015
The Intellectual History of Intersectionality
The intellectual history of intersectionality begins with black women. The speeches of Maria W. Stewart in the 1830s to the statement by the Combahee River Collective delivered in 1977 reflect this history before the term "intersectionality" is coined by K. Crenshaw in 1989. The ideas behind this concept were fundamental to black feminism long before it became fashionable among academicians in the social sciences; and, scholars of African American intellectual history have now begun to tell this story in volumes such as Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women.