Equity in Design:
Applying an Intersectional Equity Framework to Accelerate Change
What does it mean to lead with equity and an intersectional analysis to create change? How can organizations apply an Intersectional Equity Framework™ to target solutions with community at the center, change narratives, and create a world where all women and girls are able to lead and thrive?
This Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFMN) report provides historical context and articulates strategies to advance the work of gender and racial equity.
How to Apply the Intersectional Equity Framework
We use an Intersectional Equity Framework™ to analyze how the intersecting identities of individuals and communities impact their systemic access to opportunity, well-being, and equity. The framework is a power analysis to create the conditions so that all people have what they need to thrive. Philanthropy and organizations seeking to advance impact and equity must put intersectional equity into practice to create equitable access to rights, opportunities, and resources. We apply this framework to our research, grantmaking, public policy agenda, and organizational effectiveness.
“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”
— Audre Lorde
3 Steps to Apply the
Intersectional Equity Framework:
ANALYZE – Use quantitative and qualitative data together to explore issues across gender, race, place, and additional identities (ethnicity, sovereignty, socioeconomic class, age, disability, LGBTQ+, immigration status). How are different and intersecting identities uniquely or disproportionately impacted by systems?
CO-CREATE – Design and implement strategies and solutions with impacted communities at the center. Building equity into all aspects of program design is the only way to ensure equity in outcomes and create meaningful change.
MAXIMIZE IMPACT – Using equity-focused strategies and practices promotes continuous growth and learning and has the potential to leverage impact across sectors.
By applying the Intersectional Equity Framework™, we can see the leadership women of color – and all women – on the frontlines of change. We can envision a world where equity and transformation is possible.
Embedded in our framework is a doctrine that centers, amplifies, and invests in people who experience the greatest barriers and inequities.
Working from the Margins Creates Stronger Solutions
Discover Equity Strategies to Accelerate Change
“We need a feminist to be at the table when decisions are being made so that the right decisions will be made.”
— Dolores Huerta
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Take an in-depth look at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s Intersectional Equity Framework™ and discover how you can accelerate positive change and work to change systems so that inclusive and expansive solutions can flourish and no one gets left behind.
The report also provides an insight into three powerful case studies illustrating the effectiveness of applying the Intersectional Equity Framework™ to strategies and solutions.