Wheel of Privilege and Power
Adapted from James R Vanderwoerd ("Web of Oppression"), and Sylvia Duckworth ("Wheel of Power/Privilege")
In the center is the word “power”, and on the outside of the wheel is the word “marginalised”. The categories are:
- Body size, with large on the margins, and slim in the center;
- Mental health, with vulnerable on the margins and robust in the center;
- Neurodiversity, with significant neurodivergence on the margins, and neurotypical in the center;
- Sexuality with lesbian, bi, pan, and asexual on the margins, and heterosexual in the center;
- Ability with a significant disability on the margins, and able-bodied in the center;
- Formal education with elementary education on the margins and post-secondary in the center;
- Skin color with dark on the margins, and white in the center;
- Citizenship with undocumented on the margins, and citizens in the center;
- Gender with trans, intersex, and non-binary on the margins and cisgender in the center;
- Language with non-English monolingual on the margins and English in the center;
- Wealth with poor on the margins and rich in the center;
- Housing with homeless on the margins and owning property in the center.
Note: This graphic is not intended to capture all areas of marginalization. The intent is to provide a framework to view power and privilege. As you identify additional areas of marginalization, take time to reflect on how you might represent that within the model.