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Intersectionality and longevity: who gets to live the longest, healthiest lives?

longevity, diversity, and intersectionality
Intersectionality is a term that describes the overlapping inequalities many of us face as women, as people of color, as older adults, as members of the LGBTQ+ community, as those who are differently abled. The lived experience of a Black woman, for example, is different than that of a Caucasian woman or a Black man. And the experience of a Black woman over 65 is different yet again – she faces an additional “layer” of inequality.  Read more: What is intersectionality and why is it important?  Intersectionality considers each of us as having a combination of social identities that impact the opportunities available to us, the power we hold, and the discrimination and oppression we may face.   Most people probably don’t think of intersectionality in…

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