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Naomi Wolf      

Bestselling Author; Social Activist; Former Political Advisor to Al Gore and Bill Clinton

Wolf has given voice to women of all ages, exploding the social myths that keep women struggling in their fight for equality. HarperCollins published a 10th anniversary commemorative edition of The Beauty Myth with a new introduction by Wolf.

In Fire With Fire: The New Female Power, Wolf describes the end of “victim feminism” and the beginning of “power feminism,” offering concrete ways for women to change their lives for the better, from personal issues to how to influence the media, corporate life and political debate.

In Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle For Womanhood, she examines how society’s denial of young women’s sexuality has dangerously inhibited their ability to make responsible sexual decisions. Wolf’s Misconceptions: Truth, Lies and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood, recounts her experiences (and those of other new mothers) with the shockingly business-like approach of the government, corporate America and even the medical industry to the needs of new mothers and families.

Wolf’s lectures examine current cultural trends that affect women and men in different stages of their lives, from the mixed messages that are ingrained in young women about their beauty and sexuality and the psychologically and physically devastating “hooking up” culture on college campuses to the obstacles that face couples looking to start a family.

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Wolf’s passionate views span the lessons from all of her books. She raises awareness of society’s pervasive inequities and encourages her audiences to take charge of their lives, voice their concerns and enact change.

Wolf is co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization that teaches young women how to become leaders and agents of change in the 21st century. Woodhull has graduated over 800 students. In teaching the tenets of ethical leadership (including the compassionate use of power and conflict resolution), it offers professional development programs in business, arts, media, law and politics.

Her latest book is The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from My Father on How to Live, Love and See (May 2005).

A graduate of Yale and a former Rhodes Scholar, Wolf has written essays for The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour and The New York Times. She was a consultant to the Gore 2000 presidential campaign. Glamor magazine named her Woman of the Year, and she was one of TIME magazine’s 50 most notable leaders under age 40.

Over a decade after she first broke open the conversation, Wolf continues to lead an empowering and unifying vision of feminism that is neither combative nor submissive, nor unrealistic. It is simply necessary — and long overdue.

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