Prolific American singer-songwriter Ani diFranco is best described as a combination between folk and alternative rock. She is often mentioned as one of the cornerstones of the "anti-folk" genre, though the existence of such a genre is debated. Throughout the 90s diFranco rose to fame as a feminist and leading player in the angsty female rock movement (along with such superstars as Alanis Morrissette and Sarah McLachlan). She is a highly political artist who uses her music to convey her views and her star power to lobby for her causes. The political weight brought to her music also fits in with the "anti-folk" genre.