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Smith (1997), stated that the founder of the feminist standpoint theory was Sandra Harding in the year 1986 (Smith). Smith (1997), further implied that Sandra as aiming to study the feminist theorists’ works by identifying the benefits and challenges they experienced as they tried to acquire knowledge on feminist standpoint (Smith). Smith declared that Sandra’s study led to the recognition of standpoint theorists. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel in 1807, represented the standpoint theory as “an assumption that social groups in which people belong to model their experiences, knowledge and opinions” (Standpoint Theory). He simply meant that social groups was not entirely the source of people’s behavior. Female theorists in the 1990s used Georg’s standpoint theory to study women and how social status affectected their behaviors. The feminist theories are women who came up with theories of women’s roles in the society and the challenges they encounter as they carried out their duties. According to the Alison (2008), the writings of Patricia Hill Collins (1990) and Sandra Harding (1991) contributed to the emergence of a variety of feminist standpoint theory (Cuomo). This is because a lot of theories were created in relation to theirs. Alison (2008), further says that the “feminist standpoint theory focused to the social and political structures, symbolic systems and discourse that grant privilege to some groups at the expense of others” (Cuomo).
Intersectionality and feminist standpoint theory are related in such a way that intersectionality acted as a channel through which different standpoint theories collaborated. This provided the all the feminist theorist with a main purpose, which is to have a clear understanding of the women in society. Intersectionality is also related to feminist standpoint theory by enabling theorists to focus their study on practical practices and experiences. This will reduce the assumptions made by the feminist theorists because they will come up with studies that really exists.