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Words Matter: Anti-Oppression Terminologies

Information to help learn the meaning of terms and concepts related to different forms of oppression.

Words matter.

And that's why we created this guide. 

The resources it points to can help people learn the meanings of words and concepts used when people talk or write about different types of oppression. Some of these words may be familiar to many people, others less so. We hope there is something to help everyone learn new information.


Other Library Info Guides to visit

These resources each share definitions that relate to different types of oppression.

1989: Kimberlé Crenshaw coins the term


Ableism and Disability


Gender, Gender Identity, & Sexuality

Indigenous-related & Settler Colonialism

Settler Colonialism / Settler colonial societies / Settlers