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Women of Influence Luncheon Series – Understanding Intersectionality

On May 29, 2018 we hosted the Women of Influence Luncheon Series in downtown Toronto, featuring a panel of diversity and inclusion thought leaders including Karen Craggs-Milne, Rachel Lauren Clark, Dauna Jones-Simmonds and Moderator, Carolyn Lawrence. 


Key takeaways: 

  • Intersectionality is the existence of multiple and overlapping forms of oppression, which intersect in different configurations for each individual, creating unique experiences and sets of social barriers.  
  • People may experience oppression in different areas of their own intersectionality. Those with privilege carry a social responsibility to make room for those who feel disadvantaged and approach them through partnership, not pity – ie. adopt the “I have your back” principle. 
  • As organizations look to the future of their inclusion strategies, a mainstreaming approach puts the entire business framework up for discussion in an effort to create radical change. The less successful alternative is integration, which strives to keep the current business model status quo and layer on diversity initiatives without ‘shaking things up too much’.