There are tons of people out there, members of the majority int heir own right, who are really interested in getting involved in the conversation of diversity or in getting a better sense of how they can be supportive….this one’s for you.
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The Conference we went to: The Grace Hopper Celebration
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Some Terms Explained
Cisgender is a term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth. (Wiktionary)
An Ally in this context is one that is associated with another as a helper : a person or group that provides assistance and support. (Merriam-Webster.com)
Intersectionality is the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalised individuals or groups (Merriam-Webster.com)
Mansplaining is the act of condescendingly explaining something, particularly by a man to a female listener in order to appear knowledgable or from a mistaken presumption that she has an inferior understanding of the topic. (Wiktionary)
Representation in this context refers to the act or action of representing… the action or fact of one person standing for another so as to have the rights and obligations of the person represented. (Merriam-Webster)