The Intersection of Race and Gender
When talking about race and gender, it is impossible to ignore the intersection between the two. In today’s society, each of us slightly changes their identity depending on the situation, and that identity can often include race and gender. While these two characteristics do not solely dictate who we are, it is important to understand how social norms and prejudices have constructed and shaped our society. This intersection of race and gender plays an integral role in many areas of our lives from our education to our career paths.
The intersection between the two has a major influence on how education is delivered and perceived, and how much or little access is given to education to people of different races and genders. Generally, people of color, especially black and indigenous Americans, have less access to education than white people. In addition, women are often denied access to education when compared to their male counterparts. Without access to education, people of different identities have much less of a chance to meet their potential and pursue their dreams.
Just as race and gender play a role in education, they also have an intersectional effect on career paths. A person’s race and gender will determine which careers they are most likely to pursue and which career paths are available to them. People of color and women are often underpaid compared to white men, which means that they are less likely to be able to pursue a career in their chosen field as successfully. The lack of proper compensation for certain individuals can create a barrier of entry for many promising and talented people.
Intersectionality can even be seen in everyday life, for instance in public spaces and in interactions with the police. People of color are often perceived as dangerous or prone to violence and often face discriminatory and prejudicial treatment from law enforcement and members of the public. Women also face a very different experience in the public sphere, with widespread harassment and victim blaming in cases where they have been the targets of violence.
The intersection between race and gender is apparent in many aspects of life. It is important to understand the roles of race and gender in society and to accept that people of color and women are often discriminated against and treated differently than their white male counterparts. Accepting and understanding this intersection can help us to create a more equitable society for everyone.