Intersectionality Primer

Intersectionality is a tool for analysis, advocacy and policy development that addresses multiple discriminations and helps us understand how different sets of identities impact on access to rights and opportunities.

A Primer on Intersectionality-Primer explains what intersectionality is, including its critical role in work for human rights and development, and suggests some different ways in which gender equality advocates can use it.

Race, Gender, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Expanding Our Discussion to Black Girls

Race, Gender, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Expanding Our Discussion to Black Girls argues that the "pipeline" metaphor fails to capture and respond to the set of conditions affecting Black girls today, building upon AAPF's long articulated stance that an intersectional analysis is the key tool needed to reveal the causal and correlative factors that contribute to Black girls and women's continuing vulnerabilities inside and outside of our immediate communities.  By pulling together a substantive body of literature, author Monique Morris articulates what we have all long known: The current "crisis" in Black communities is one faced by our boys and our girls.

Confined in California

Confined in California: Women and Girls of Color in Custody, co-authored by Monique Morris, Stephanie Bush-Baskette, and Kimberlé Crenshaw, sheds light upon the increasing rates of criminalization and incarceration of Black and Latina women in California over the last decade.  The Report presents statistics on adult and juvenile females of color, highlighting the connection between race, gender, and criminalization in California.  Significant statistical trends in criminalization are highlighted, revealing racialized and gendered vulnerabilities that, when compounded, create a pipeline to incarceration to which girls and women of color are specially vulnerable.  The Report goes on to highlight policy, research, and programmatic implications for its findings, ultimately underscoring the ongoing need for further statistical work in the field in addition to issuing a call for gender and race sensitive interventions honed to combat disproportionate criminalization and incarceration of females of color in the future.

Intersectionality Learning Circle Practitioner's Toolkit

The Learning Circle Toolkit is the result of a collaborative project undertaken by the African American Policy Forum, generously funded by the Public Welfare Foundation.  We gathered together a group of scholars, activists, community leaders, and students who were actively involved in combating systemic racial and gender injustice at both the community and national level, with special focus on the over incarceration of girls and women of color in the United States.  Our collaborators came from diverse backgrounds and brought a wealth of experiences with them to our Learning Circles. In an effort to heal our communities we crossed the divides between our diverse spaces and backgrounds and came together to have a conversation.  Through our collective difficulties, triumphs, and growing pains we learned that hosting learning circles focusing on the over incarceration of girls and women of color is both an incredibly important undertaking as well as quite difficult to execute.  Deciding that many other potential circles could benefit from the experience, we came together outside the circle in order to create this Toolkit.  We have pooled our resources as well as the wealth of knowledge we shared amongst and between one another within the learning circles we held in 2010 and 2011, and created this Advocate’s Toolkit.