Nowadays, some women think this term has become a dirty word, conjuring up the stereotyped vigilante, frothing at the mouth, man-hating lesbian from the 70s.
In a recent focus group, a few young women said, "Id be a feminist but I dont hate men."
But some who fought those earlier battles believe that the word itself has been co-opted by the political right, as part of a backlash against womens rising powers.
Either way, a feminist believes in political, social, and economic equality between the sexes.
And, yes, men can be feminists, too.