Material feminism examines the "material conditions under which social arrangements, including those of gender hierarchy, develop" It argues that "material conditions of all sorts play a vital role in the social production of gender."Material feminism is an ideology with a central focus upon maximizing women's material assets.The term “Material feminism” was first used in 1975 by Christine Delphy.The current concept has its roots in socialist and Marxist feminism; Rosemary Hennessay and Chrys Ingraham, editors of Materialist Feminism: A Reader in Class, Difference, and Women’s Lives, describe material feminism as the "conjuncture of several discourses--historical materialism, Marxist and radical feminism, as well as postmodernist and psychoanalytic theories of meaning and subjectivity.”
Source: "Material Feminism." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 19 Nov. 2010. Web. 20 Dec. 2010.