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def • i • ni • tion
Welfare Queen

noun

a pejorative term used in the U.S. to refer to women who allegedly collect excessive welfare payments through fraud or manipulation.

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What I Hear When You Say

Intersectionality

Aired: 2017-03-15 0:35 Rating: NR

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw: "Welfare Queen" exemplifies intersectional discrimination.

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