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Why Women Are Dominating Thought-Leadership Across All Fields

Erin McKelle | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Erin McKelle

When you envision a thought-leader, what first comes to mind? For me personally, I get a mental image of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg giving a speech ...

National Service for a Just and Equitable Society

Adren O. Wilson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Adren O. Wilson

As our cities grow larger and more diverse, we can no longer afford to overlook, dismiss, or ignore the promise and potential of so many who live in them. Justice and economics demand that we create more opportunities for young adults, and national service is a proven strategy.

Black Woman, White Movement: Why Black Women Are Leaving The Feminist Movement

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 11.15.2015 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

Black feminists seek emancipation from the norms and expectations of typical white women. In a society where the Black female body is appropriated, Black feminists are clamoring to be seen as an everyday type of beauty rather than exotic.

A Queer Disability Anthology: Disability and LGBTQ Intersectionality

Karrie Higgins | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Karrie Higgins

Sometimes a book drops in your lap like a miracle you didn't even know you needed. That's what happened with QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology edited by Raymond Luczak and published by Squares & Rebels Press.

Rebounding from Houston: How to Be a Hero

Rabbi Debra Kolodny | Posted 11.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Rabbi Debra Kolodny

When every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersexed, asexual activist is doing this work the bathroom wars will be over. And we will win ALL the ordinance battles.

How Dare You: The Costs of Shutting People Down

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Minorities often find themselves in this situation -- whether they work in academia or business or government. And they often have to think about the backlash of someone, quite often an ally, who will take offense if they don't tow the line.

'Notorious RBG' Authors On Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Intersectionality

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.29.2015 | Women

Thankfully for women everywhere, the feminist movement has embraced intersectionality as a foundational piece of the effort to advance equalit...

Same-Sex Marriage is Great. What's Next for the LGBT Movement?

H. Caleb Simmons | Posted 10.20.2015 | Gay Voices
H. Caleb Simmons

Nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage is a historic step towards full LGBT equality, but there's still much to be done. Intersectional advocacy isn't a prime focus of leading organizations yet; there are few organizations that focus only on serving transgender or bisexual Americans, and funding for LGBT advocacy at all levels is not completely equitable.

The Voice of a Misunderstood Black Millennial Voter

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 10.18.2015 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

As African-Americans and citizens of a country that values political participation, this country is always asking for political engagement from blacks but if it's not in the manner deemed appropriate, we are asked to sit down and be silent.

Dear Black Men, You Are Not Pro-Black If You Are Not Pro Black Women

Daniel Johnson | Posted 10.10.2015 | Black Voices
Daniel Johnson

Pro-Black means you fight for your people. All of your people. Not just Black men, not just straight Black men, not just Black men you think are upstanding and productive members of society, but all of your people.

Reflecting On 30 Days Of Kindness

Alicia Raia-Hawrylak | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Alicia Raia-Hawrylak

I am also reminded that it takes extra effort to cross the intersection and meet those I don't encounter everyday as a function of my position and my privilege. But now the crosswalk is there, connecting me to the world, and making the intersections newly ripe places for collaboration and action.

Why It Matters That Ahmed Mohamed Is Both Black And Muslim

Sara Abbas | Posted 10.02.2015 | Black Voices
Sara Abbas

The media's focus in the Ahmed Mohamed story has been on Obama's invitation to the teenager to visit the White House. But the response is symptomatic of what America is prone to do: turn these kind of stories into a greeting card -- "Sorry you were profiled. Know that you are precious." That's just not enough anymore.

Is Patriarchy the Religion of the Planet?

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

The world has a problem of gender of religious proportions. We need a reformation, perhaps a revolution, to tear down the altars to male power and rebuild a global sanctuary of inclusion, equity, justice, peace, and love.

To End Violence Against Women, End Violence Against Boys

Sheena Vasani | Posted 09.30.2015 | Women
Sheena Vasani

Research conducted in 2010 by the International Center for Research on Women [ICRW] illustrates this complexity, demonstrating that a significant number of men who abuse their partners were themselves abused as children.

Understanding the "Privileged"

Sheena Vasani | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Sheena Vasani

I realised what my friend was saying: just because you've the upper hand in one area of life doesn't mean you've the happier life. Nobody's immune from pain, no matter her or his gender, race, or wealth. After all, depression and suicide can affect anybody.

The Race/War

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Christian Gabriel

Non-white people uphold and participate and support racism every day simply by existing, but they will never experience the privilege of whiteness existing in a system designed to keep white peoples on top.

Black Women are Not Simply Black #SayHerName

Rukayatu Tijani | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Rukayatu Tijani

Black women and girls are more than the weeping women who have stood by while society perpetually terrorizes the bodies of Black and Brown men. Our bodies have been profiled, beaten, assaulted, and killed by law enforcement. We too are victims of this struggle.

Back to Blaque: Meet the Trans YouTube Queen of the Underground

Sidney Chase | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Chase

"I'm a woman, I'm black, I'm curvy and I'm trans. There are a lot of things that I deal with. When I talk about those things, I am literally talking about my embodiment of these intersections."

A Failure to Listen

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This past week I was at the Netroots Nation 2015 conference. In the past, this has been one of my favorite progressive events, full of both energy and positivity. This year the theme was intersectionality within the LGBT movement. I am forced to report that we are failing at it. Horribly.

Taylor Swift Shouldn't Use Feminism to Clap Back

Antonia Opiah | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment
Antonia Opiah

A blue-eyed blonde pop star collided with a buxom Black rapper on Tuesday and in doing so, in tweeting at Nicki Minaj, Taylor unwittingly stumbled upon an aspect of feminism she might not have considered yet: a feeling of being marginalized because of your race as a woman.

South Asian Americans Want to Be Accepted -- Not Merely Tolerated

Ravleen Kaur | Posted 07.15.2015 | College
Ravleen Kaur

America is a melting pot of cultures -- but it seems like not all cultures and ethnicities are welcome. Unless, of course, their clothing is appropriated for profit or racial jokes are made at their expense for entertainment. It seems as if some Americans love everything about us... except us.

Intersectional Activism: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

It is easy to get caught up in organizing and activism around a single issue or cause. This week, we proudly supported grantees who are working at the intersection of multiple issues, addressing the complexity and interconnectedness of the world we live in through their activism.

An Open Letter to Muslim Americans: Stop Self-Segregating

Sumaia Masoom | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Sumaia Masoom

It's not that too many Muslim immigrants are causing a safety hazard by coming to America--it's that too many of us are coming and self-segregating. There is a lot -- I repeat, a lot -- of structural and institutional racism that goes into this segregation, but it is also at least in part undeniably willful.

Charleston Shootings: The Intersection Of Race And Gender

Anushay Hossain | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Anushay Hossain

Yes, Black Lives Matter and so do the lives of Black women.

How Sexism Can Help You Understand Racism

Joshua Adams | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

The best way to commit to our causes is to understand how they are connected to others. In that way, we realize that our liberations are inseparably linked to the liberation of others. If your advocacy is not rooted in intersectionality, it doesn't take much for others to surmise that you're merely pursuing your privilege, not equality.