What is intersectionality? Merriam-Webster.com defines this term: “the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect”. Although this word has been around since the 1980s, it is still unfamiliar or unclear to many people. That does not make this emerging truth any less important, however. Society oftentimes views marginalized populations through narrow lenses, placing people of a common trait into a proverbial box of seemingly similar folk, neglecting to acknowledge other culminating aspects of each person’s distinct identity. Members of the disability community are not immune to being thought of as a solitary, homogenous group. Furthermore, participants of Empowered Ladies are more than our disability or womanhood. Let’s gather to break down the complex concept of intersectionality as it applies to who we are as unique individuals versus how we are perceived by others.
NOTE: Empowered Ladies is an Empower Tennessee sponsored peer support group run by and for Mid TN women with disabilities who meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday. Topics vary. All meetings are free. RSVP preferred. New participants welcome any time. Conference line available for remote participants upon request.
Contact April at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-515-8630 with questions, to RSVP, or to request an accommodation or the conference line info.