Naomi R. Wolf (born November 12, 1962) is a liberal progressive American author, journalist, feminist, and former political advisor to Al Gore and Bill Clinton.
Wolf first came to prominence in 1991 as the author of The Beauty Myth. With the book, she became a leading spokeswoman of what was later described as the third wave of the feminist movement. Such leading feminists as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan praised the book; others, including bell hooks, Camille Paglia and Christina Hoff Sommers, criticized it. She has since written other books, including the bestselling book The End of America in 2007 and her latest Vagina: A New Biography.
Her journalism career began in 1995 and has included topics such as abortion, the Occupy Wall Street movement, Edward Snowden and ISIS. She has written in venues such as The Nation, The New Republic, The Guardian and The Huffington Post.
However, Wolf’s more recent work has inspired controversy across the political spectrum. Writers in such varied venues as Salon.com, Alternet, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, National Review and The American Spectator have criticized many of her latest journalistic efforts as both conspiratorial and overblown.