The Woman at the Intersection of Intersectionality

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Episode 9

This week is a deep dive into how we can shed ingrained ideologies, question our identities, and form our intellectual selves. Abby is joined by UCLA and Columbia law school professor Kimberlé Crenshaw for a lively conversation about critical race theory, the pitfalls of meritocracy, and how Kimberle’s created the theoretical framework we call intersectionality. Having grown up in the same era, Abby and Kimberle talk about how they internalized the same political touchstones, processed similar clues from their mothers about the importance of propping up the male ego, and how they both failed at absorbing patriarchal messaging. Take a listen!

EPISODE LINKS:Higher Education and the Illusion of Meritocracy (Chronicle of Higher Education)When Black Women Reclaimed Their Bodies (Slate)

Special Guest

Kimberlé Crenshaw

American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory. She is a professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues

Kimberlé Crenshaw is a Professor of Law and an advocate and educator for civil rights, black feminist legal theory, and race, racism, and the law. She currently teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as Columbia University. Crenshaw co-founded the African American Policy Forum, an organization that provides research-backed ways for people to advance social inclusion. She currently serves as the Executive Director. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and the co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement.

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