„Reach Everyone on the Planet…“ Kimberlé Crenshaw and Intersectionality

„Reach Everyone on the Planet…“ Kimberlé Crenshaw and Intersectionality

Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects. It’s not simply that there’s a race problem here, a gender problem here, and a class or LBGTQ problem there. Many times that framework erases what happens to people who are subject to all of these things.


Barbara Unmüßig outlines what it means for a think tank like the Heinrich Böll Foundation to systematically include multiple discrimination in educational work and to think along with all realities of life.

By Barbara Unmüßig

Introduction and foreword

"A truly intersectional feminism can reach everyone on the planet," K. Crenshaw is convinced. In the publication, activists, artists and researchers tell why and, above all, how Crenshaw continues to inspire them today.

By Dr. Ines Kappert, Dr. Emilia Roig

Glossary of terms and font usage

The gender asterisk * refers to the constructedness of an engendered category and finds it particularly use in German, visualizing various gender representations (e. g. wom*an). Some authors also choose to use the gender asterisk in English, with furthermore enables identities and self-positioning to be included in a train of thought that goes beyond the traditional, historical attributions that are still frequently assigned even today.

The capitalisation of the word Black refers to the strategy of self-empowerment. It is used to indicate the symbolic capital of resistance to racism which racialized people and groups have collectively fought for and obtained.

BPOC stands for the political self-identification of Black people and People of Color, which draws on a shared experience of racism and incorporates it into the adoption of a collective stance.

The English term Community used in German refers to the collective and its inscribed resistance potential.

The word white is written in italics and lower case to refer to the constructedness of marking differences, with the word white typically remaining unmarked. As, in contrast to the concept of Black, there is no self-empowerment or resistance inherent in this marking of differences. Thus, the word white is equally not written in capital case.

It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.

Although Black women are routinely killed, raped, and beaten by the police, their experiences are rarely foregrounded in popular understandings of police brutality.

A flight of butterflies

Kimberlé Crenshaw laid the foundation for the Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ) and had a fundamental influence on the thinking and actions of its founder Emilia Roig.

By Dr. Emilia Roig

What’s in a word?

About the power of (single) words and the potential to reflect personal and collective experiences.

By Amandine Gay

Racial capitalism: hierarchies of belonging

Critics of "identity politics" and intersectionality see the naming of hierarchized difference as an act of divisiveness. We must be cautious of superficial multiculturalism and neo-nationalist and neoliberalist strategies demonizing difference. Intersectional theory and practice must acknowledge privileges as well as differences and make use of them.

By Dr. Fatima El-Tayeb

When Kimberlé Crenshaw came to Paris…

Intersectionality in academic spaces - "Thanks to intersectionality, I realized how much I had tamed myself to fit in places where I was never expected nor wanted."

By Christelle Gomis

Throughout history, black feminist frameworks have been doing the hard work of building the social justice movements that race-only or gender-only frames cannot.

Language matters

"No matter how much I reformulate or soften my sentences, it is seldom possible for me to criticize racism or sexism without being dismissed, implicitly or explicitly, as an angry Black woman."

By Sharon Otoo

Ableism and intersectionality

A plea against multiple discrimination and for the active integration of people with disabilities/handicaps in feminism.

By Elena Chamorro

Kimberlé Crenshaw’s influence on my pedagogical action

White, male, heterosexual and middle-class - all knowledge of education and upbringing is founded on this “quadrinity" inescapably intertwined with us. How can pedagogy become a liberating system of actions that creates space for all realities of life? 

By Katja Kinder

Identity is not simply a self-content unite. It is a relationship between people and history, people and communities, people and institutions. So schools do a good job, when they understand that.

Can We Get a Witness?

A sculptor on the integration of intersectionality into her work and beyond.

By Julia Phillips
If we can’t see a problem, we can’t fix the problem.