^this!!I'm time poor, and so I've not read all replies, I apologise for that, especially if I am repeating anything. But I'm going to make this very simple.
Feminism isn't *just* about laws, it's about societal changes, laws may be put in place, but that doesn't make immediate nor easily accepted changes. Changes to society and the way it works take a very long time. Just look at racism as a prime example. Here we are in 2014, anti-racism laws have been around for a long time, and yet racism clearly still exists. Because society takes a long time to change.
Some easy examples about feminism, without it women wouldn't be able to:
Work outside of the home
Work in previously made dominated industries (this is something that women STILL struggle with, however)
Be able to remain single and not be a social outcast
Be safe guarded by the law from marital rape
There are MANY things we have thanks to feminism that we previously didn't have. Feminism is important. And it remains important. The fight against models/advertising portraying unrealistic body images - a feminist thing. Fighting for government funded maternity leave - a feminist thing.
I could go on, but yes, I wanted to make this simple. Feminism isn't *just* about equal pay. It's about acknowledging that women do awesome things - which is why we celebrate things like the Australian Woman of the Year. Celebrating women isn't anti-feminist. Feminism has nothing to do with chivalry. Chivalry is about manners, it's not saying that women can't open their own doors.
Feminism should be simple. Feminism is wanting there to be no legal, or social gaps, between men and women.
Exactly what after much reading is now what feminism is to me!