Integrating Intersectionality Into the Workplace

People have overlapping identities, but the typical D&I program is built on recognizing an individual’s single trait. Intersectionality is an important concept for achieving true inclusion, and many companies are accepting the challenge of integrating it into D&I strategies.
— By Joseph Warren

The concept of intersectionalism is credited to Kimberlé Crenshaw, a civil rights activist and legal scholar at Columbia University. She wrote about antidiscrimination theory that, when put into practice, marginalizes African-American women by denying they face unique discrimination due to overlapping identities. Today, the term is now used more broadly to refer to any individuals with multiple self-identities.

In the business environment, intersectionalism has become a front-and-center conversation because it is becoming clear that single-identity networks that place employees in a category in the workplace are limiting collaboration and knowledge sh...

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