03/30/2015 12:12 pm ET Updated Mar 30, 2015

We Need Real Talk About Black Girls And Women

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All this week, experts are gathering at 3p.m. EST to talk about challenges black women and girls face as single mothers, low-wage workers, professionals and students—and you’re invited to participate. #HerDreamDeferred is the latest offering from renowned “intersectionality” theorist and law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, who is using her perch at the African American Policy Forum to elevate long-ignored issues of concern to black women and girls. “We want to make sure they’re front and center,” says Crenshaw, who launched the week-long discussion series as part of the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent. Colorlines caught up with Crenshaw, who lays out exactly why the public conversation about black women and girls matters—and is overdue. (Interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.)

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