Feminism is a broad theoretical and philosophical position which seeks to examine, understand, deconstruct, and/or re-imagine notions if gender and womanhood. Historically, feminism has also been concerned with challenging patriarchal and chauvinistic social practices, and with redressing the oppression of women.
Feminist theory has contributed to much social change, including: the abolition of slavery, the universal right to vote, and the economic development of developing nations. Feminist theory has also opened up new conversations about freedom, liberty and human rights. For example, it is deeply embedded in debates about gay marriage, sexual freedom, birth control and abortion.