The First Children’s Book about Intersectionality

“I’m delighted that IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All will pass the torch to the next generation of youth activists.”

-Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, From the Foreword

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IntersectionAlles: We make room for all

IntersectionAllies: We Make Room For All uses CLC Collective’s expertise in race, immigration and gender studies to illustrate feminist perspectives on social justice for tomorrow’s leaders.  The book's nine vignettes demonstrate how children's safety concerns are shaped by their intersecting social positions, like gender, class, ability, race, religion, culture, citizenship, and more. This insight is known in feminist academic and activist circles as "intersectionality," a term coined by critical race theorist Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw in her legal scholarship about Black women and their encounters with the justice system.

The book features an introduction by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor at the University of Southern California- Los Angeles School of Law and founder of the African American Policy Forum. IntersectionAllies also includes an opening “Letter to Grown-Ups” by Dr. Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Chair of the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Southern California and author of Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (2015).

about CLC COllective

Carolyn Choi, LaToya Council, and I met as graduate students through our doctoral program in sociology at the University of Southern California. We were drawn to each other by a shared desire to engage in scholarship, activism, and service that transcended the "Ivory Tower."

Most academic research is inaccessible without a university affiliation and loaded with jargon, but as researchers whose projects rely on the generous participation of folks marginalized by race, class, gender, and citizenship status, we each felt a moral imperative to create work that is accessible to broader audiences, including children. IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All is our first collaborative endeavor in this pursuit.

LaToya Council (left), Me (center), and Carolyn Choi (right)