Grounded in black feminist scholarship and activism and formally coined in 1989 by black legal scholar Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, intersectionality has garnered significant attention in the field of public policy and other disciplines/fields of study. The potential of intersectionality, however, has not been fully realized in policy, largely due to the challenges of operationalization. Recently some scholars and activists began to advance conceptual clarity and guidance for intersectionality policy applications; yet a pressing need remains for knowledge development and exchange in relation to empirical work that demonstrates how intersectionality improves public policy. This handbook fills this void by highlighting the key challenges, possibilities, and critiques of intersectionality-informed approaches in public policy. It brings together international scholars across a variety of policy sectors and disciplines to consider the state of intersectionality in policy research and analysis. Importantly, it offers a global perspective on the added value and
how-to of intersectionality-informed policy approaches that aim to advance equity and social justice. The book provides relevant research to a broad range of scholars, policy actors, activists and practitioners who will benefit from insights related to the value-added application of intersectionality in their work, and offers a global perspective across a range of public policy issues and domains. Edited by leading experts in the field of intersectionality and public policy.