PV Words

We use a lot of different words at Powerful Voices. Here's what we mean by them.



The belief that womxn and men should have equal rights and opportunities. 


Powerful voices defines girl/grrl* as those who identify or who have been socialized as a girl. Powerful Voices acknowledges there are many ways to be a girl/grrl*, and that gender is ultimately a spectrum of individual experiences, identity, and vision.


Intersectionality is the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual.



Oppression is the result of the use of institutional power and privilege, wherein one person or group benefits at the expense of another.

POwer and privilege

Power is the ability or authority to decide/control  what is best for others and who will have access to resources. Privilege is the benefits and advantages enjoyed by a person or body of persons beyond the advantages of other persons. 


Social Justice

Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.


An approach that recognizes and focuses on a person’s strengths and resiliency.


Trauma-informed care means treating a whole person, taking into account past trauma and the resulting coping mechanisms when attempting to understand behavior.


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