The movement was built on the premise that women were smarter than men believed, wanted more than men felt they deserved, were more ambitious than men were comfortable with, and had dreams bigger than the boundaries men set for them. It was about being politically affirming, not politically divisive.
This quote from a writer at theroot.com, sorry I lost the reference.
I think that
a) at core, this is what the movement was about at the beginning
b) even this reasonable position was met with strong resistance
c) most people today would have no problem accepting the above
d) in many ways, the movement as it is today has been twisted and exaggerated from within and without to such a degree that it's now considerably more -- and less -- than what it was at the beginning.