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Kimberlé Crenshaw        

Civil Rights Advocate & Leading Scholar in Critical Race Theory

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, co-founder and executive director of AAPF and bicoastal professor of law at both UCLA and Columbia, is a pioneering scholar and writer on civil rights, critical race theory, Black feminist legal theory, race, racism, and the law. Crenshaw’s work has been foundational in critical race theory and in intersectionality, both terms she coined.

Crenshaw serves on the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academies of Science and on the board of the Sundance Institute. Crenshaw has received achievement awards from Planned Parenthood, the National ERA Coalition, and the Outstanding Scholar Award from The Fellows of the American Bar Association (ABF). She was voted one of the ten most important thinkers in the world by Prospect Magazine. She received the 2021 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women's Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Crenshaw was named the recipient of the 2021 AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and to the Legal Profession. She is a senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institute, and an inductee to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Political and Social Science. In 2024, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.


Kimberlé Crenshaw on What Intersectionality Means Today | Time
Kimberlé Crenshaw, the law professor at Columbia and UCLA who coined the term intersectionality to describe the way people's social identities can overlap, ...

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