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A framework for understanding how people are often disadvantaged by multiple sources of oppression: their race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and other identity markers. Intersectionality recognizes that identity markers (e.g. “woman” and “black”) do not exist independently of each other – instead, they converge to create a more complex and intense experience of oppression than a “white woman” or a “black man” may experience, for example.