3. Naomi Wolf
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Perhaps one of the most influential third-wave feminist authors in recent memory (the first two waves were mostly build-up, like Lord of the Rings), Wolf burst onto the gender-stereotyping scene with her international best-sellier “The Beauty Myth” in the early '90s.
Aptly assigning blame to both men and societal standards, the admittedly brilliant book boasts a level of sophistication and wisdom that both empower women and earned its author J.K. Rowling-type money.
2. Jessica Coen
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The saucy editor of Jezebel.com has established a large and diverse following thanks to her unique voice and creative approach. Blessed with classic good looks and an irreverent writing style, Coen has become an iconic figure in both the feminist and literary worlds since first joining the Gawker family at just 24 years old. (Plus, she's not afraid to curse like an Irish dock worker while Tweeting about University of Michigan Football games, which seems to shatter at least 13 gender stereotypes.)
1. Nicole Kidman
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The Academy Award-winning actress and heralded survivor of the Tom Cruise marriage experience is not only a two-time cover model for Ladies Home Journal, but also a Goodwill Ambassador on the United Nations Development Fund for Women.
The “Days of Thunder” – yes, she was in that, star has spent years helping raise awareness for women’s rights throughout the world, including a recent crusade in Haiti to discuss the post-earthquake sexual exploitation ravaging the still-recovering nation.