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Is This What It Means To Be A Modern Feminist? (PICTURES)

15/07/2013 11:57 BST | Updated 08/08/2013 15:08 BST
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Karren Brady Arriving For The 2012 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards At The Royal Festival Hall, London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

The feminist landscape is an ever-changing one and the connotations of being a feminist continually being redefined.

So what is it to be a feminist today?

Feminism has historically been catalogued by a series of labels, movements and seminal texts. From the Suffragettes of the turn of the century to the Women’s Liberation Movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Simone De Beauvoir’s ‘The Second Sex’ to Germaine Greer’s ‘The Female Eunuch’.

There has been ‘first wave feminism’, as defined by the Suffragette movement; ‘second wave’, referring to the Women’s Liberation movement and; ‘third wave’ applied to ‘Generation X’ with a focus on gender identity. But what next?

Can today’s feminist landscape be neatly categorised? If so, are we now riding the ‘fourth wave’? What is it to be a modern-day feminist? And who decides, anyway?

Modern-day feminism has multiple facets – from populism and pop culture to new-media and new activism – but it would seem the common denominator is inclusivity. No longer the preserve of extreme activists and intellectual theorists, feminism is shedding its stigma and going mainstream.

Here are some of the many strands of modern-day feminism and the pioneers behind them. If you disagree with any of our choices, or would like to add your own let us know in the comments below or tweet us @HuffPoLifestyle using the hashtag #ForWomen