One on One
Naomi Wolf
The activist and writer discusses gender equality, abuse of power and social justice.
Last Modified: 09 May 2009 10:39 GMT

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This week on One on One meet feminist activist and writer, Naomi Wolf.

From a young age, this San Francisco-born writer was questioning the common wisdom when it came to feminism and social activism.

As feminism evolved at the end of the 1980s, she found herself at the forefront of a new wave of thinking that often questioned traditional thinking on women's rights.

She also heavily questioned the beauty culture that dominated how many women regarded themselves - and began a debate that continues to this day.

Naomi Wolf was influenced heavily by her family - particularly her liberal Jewish parents who were both respected academics and writers, living in an area that was considered the centre of the social and sexual revolutions of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Her mother, Deborah Goleman, influenced Naomi and her siblings as an anthropologist, and as an author, writing about the lesbian community.

Wolf proved her own academic skills, studying at Yale University and then getting a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where the roots of her first best-selling book The Beauty Myth began - a publication that, in 1991, quickly propelled the young activist into the global limelight.

Moving more into social activism and travelling the world, Wolf went on to author pieces on the erosion of civil rights and abuse of power, with books such as Give Me Liberty and The End of America - which was adapted for the big screen.

In 2005, Naomi Wolf came full circle with a book called The Treehouse which looks back at life lessons learned from her father, Leonard, and the rest of her large and closely-knit family.

This episode of One on One aired from Saturday, May 9, 2009.

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