New York, New York -- May 9, 2018 -- Columbia and UCLA Law School Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, a pioneer of critical race theory and leading authority on civil rights and Black feminist legal thought, will be honored by the New York Women’s Foundation at their annual Celebrating Women Breakfast on May 10th for her enduring contributions to social justice and equality.
Crenshaw will receive the ‘Celebrating Women Award given to “a woman whose significant achievements have influenced the lives of—and provided a role model for—women and girls.”
[The New York Women’s Foundation’s annual breakfast is the premiere fundraising event for women of consciousness with 2,400 attendees standing with women and girls in New York City. The Breakfast is about honoring the strength and courage of our grantee partners, who ﬁnd groundbreaking solutions to seemingly intractable problems. The Breakfast is about honoring the visionary women who serve as role models, leaders and philanthropists. [Source: NYWF]
Twenty-nine years ago, Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality to describe the exclusion of Black women from feminist theory and policy discourse directed against racism. The particular manner in which Black women are subordinated reflects a compounded interaction of both race and gender that is greater than the sum of both, she argued in an article, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics,” published in the University of Chicago Law Forum. In 2015, Crenshaw launched the Say Her Name campaign, which calls attention to police violence against Black women, and brings together family members of Black women killed by police to heal and advocate for accountability for their lost loved ones.
Crenshaw directs Columbia’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, which she founded in 2011. She is also co-founder and executive director of The African American Policy Forum, a think tank that promotes efforts to dismantle structural inequality.
“Kimberlé Crenshaw organically combines sophisticated theoretical analysis, brilliant cultural and political commentary, on-the-ground experiential knowledge, and complex legal argumentation to describe, contest, and fashion remedies for some of the most pressing social problems of our time,” said Devon Carbado, Professor of Law at UCLA and Board Member of the African American Policy Forum.
This honor is a reflection of Crenshaw’s tireless work to center the needs of those most marginalized within our society. In 2017, Crenshaw received the prestigious Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University for enduring scholarly contributions to racial relations. In 2016, Crenshaw was honored with the Outstanding Scholar Award from the American Bar Foundation and the Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMA) for her New York Times op-ed, “The Girls Obama Forgot.” She also received an honorary doctorate degree from City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In 2015, Crenshaw was featured in the Ebony Power 100, a list honoring the contemporary heroes of the Black community, and was #1 on Ms. Magazine’s list of Feminist Heroes of 2015.
The Celebrating Women Breakfast will take place on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am at the Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. Other honorees include Tarana Burke, Founder and Leader of the #MeToo Movement, and Lorie A. Slutsky, President of The New York Community Trust. More information on the Celebrating Women Breakfast can be found here.