The CASE Library has developed this resource collection to help members understand the concept of intersectionality. The term was conceived by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. It refers to the ways that our social identities–including sex, race, ethnicity, class, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability–affect our status and degree of privilege in society. Belonging to more than one disenfranchised group has a compounding effect. For diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) work to be successful, we must first be aware of the ways that overlapping identities influence individuals' experiences of discrimination and disempowerment. This collection has definitions and links to further reading.