Intersectionality Lesson Plan


Creator: Özge Savaş
Duration: 1 – 2 class periods
Published: Summer 2020


Overview

In this lesson, students will learn about interlocking oppressions that multiply shape women’s experiences and understand how women build coalitions across differences in the United States and globally through small and large group in-class discussions and an assignment to be completed outside the classroom.

Keywords: Intersectionality, Coalition-Building, Shifting the Center, Centering Difference, Either/Or Thinking, Solidarity, Interlocking Oppressions, Hegemonic Femininity, Race and Gender, Disability and Gender, Class and Gender
Country sites: USA, India, Nicaragua

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the multiplicity in women’s experiences by exploring and analyzing how these experiences are shaped by interlocking oppressions.
  • Identify and interpret how women work across their differences for political and social change.

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Activities


Activity One: Centering Difference
This activity encourages students to ask the question: who is typically considered “a woman?” The goal is to have them question the different experiences women may have depending on their social locations based on identities they have in addition to being women.

Duration: 25 minutes



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Activity Two: Similarities Across Difference in the U.S.
This assignment encourages students to think about intersectionality critically, define the concept, apply their knowledge of the concept in interpreting a real-life example, and think about the concept’s application in various contexts globally.

Duration: 18 minutes



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Assessment: Fighting Against Multiple Oppressions
This assignment encourages students to think about intersectionality critically, define the concept, apply their knowledge of the concept in interpreting a real-life example, and think about the concept’s application in various contexts globally.



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Video Clips

LP1_VC1a: from the interview with Disability Rights Activist Adrienne Asch on the topic of Disability and Gender
  LP1_VC2: from the interview with Reproductive Justice Activist Loretta Ross on the topic of Race and Gender
LP1_VC1b: from the interview with Adrienne Asch on the topic of Disability and Gender
LP1_VC3: from the interview with Labor Rights Activist Martha Ojeda on the topic of Class, Ethnicity and Gender
LP1_VC1c: from the interview with Adrienne Asch on the topic of Disability and Gender

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