Feminist movements have had a fundamental impact on social life in many different
parts of the world. Reforms in marriage and private property laws, as well as change in
spheres as diverse as sexual life, contraception, and the work-place have had profound
consequences on the way we conceptualize, act and signify gender relations. Feminist
thinkers and activists have also brought attention to the impact that the intersectionality
of racism, heterosexism, poverty and religious intolerance (among many other factors)
can have in people’s lives.