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Anti-Racism Resources

Nearly 20 years ago, The Women’s Fund adopted a values statement that informs our work to this day. It begins,

“We believe that positive social change will come about only when barriers of gender, class, ethnicity, race, educational background, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, and faith traditions are overcome.”

Today, it has never been clearer how important those values are. Gender equality and racial equality are inseparable. To achieve one, we must achieve both. As we advance our mission of transforming the lives of women and girls, we will be relentless in confronting and removing the racist barriers that impede positive social change.

We believe that anti-racism is a practice not a destination. Below is a list of books, movies, podcasts, and other resources to guide you in learning more about anti-racism, racial justice, and intersectionality.

THE INTERSECTION OF GENDER & RACE

in·​ter·​sec·​tion·​al·​i·​ty:

the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups

Intersectionality is a framework for conceptualizing a person, group of people, or social problem as affected by a number of discriminations and disadvantages. It takes into account people’s overlapping identities and experiences in order to understand the complexity of prejudices they face.

In other words, intersectional theory asserts that people are often disadvantaged by multiple sources of oppression: their race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and other identity markers. Intersectionality recognizes that identity markers (e.g. “woman” and “black”) do not exist independently of each other, and that each informs the others, often creating a complex convergence of oppression. For instance, a black man and a white woman make $0.74 and $0.78 to a white man’s dollar, respectively. Black women, faced with multiple forms of oppression, only make $0.64. Understanding intersectionality is essential to combatting the interwoven prejudices people face in their daily lives.

“Intersectionality” was coined in 1989 by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a civil rights activist and legal scholar. In a paper for the University of Chicago Legal Forum, Crenshaw wrote that traditional feminist ideas and antiracist policies exclude Black women because they face overlapping discrimination unique to them. “Because the intersectional experience is greater than the sum of racism and sexism, any analysis that does not take intersectionality into account cannot sufficiently address the particular manner in which Black women are subordinated,” she wrote in the paper.

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CONFRONTING BIAS & PRIVILEGE

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THE GENDER & RACIAL WEALTH GAP

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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