Marianne Schnall

"From a lifetime of interviewing diverse women, Marianne Schnall has chosen quotations that address big questions, then clustered them around turning points in life. Daring To Be Ourselves is a gift, a joy and a rescue." —Gloria Steinem

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Welcome to Marianne Schnall's official website. Marianne is a widely published writer and interviewer whose writings and interviews have been featured in a variety of media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire,,, Refinery29, Forbes,, the Women's Media Center, and many others. Marianne is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post, ForbesWomen, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated NPR radio show, 51% The Women’s Perspective. She is the founder and executive director of the women's website and non-profit organization and founder of What Will It Take Movements. She also currently serves as Senior Media and Communications Consultant to the Global Center for Gender Equality at Stanford University.

She is the author of Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice, as well as What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership & Power.

Her new books include Leading the Way: Inspiring Words for Women on How to Live and Lead with Courage, Confidence, and Authenticity, and Dare to Be You: Inspirational Advice for Girls on Finding Your Voice, Leading Fearlessly, and Making a Difference.

She is the host of the podcast ShiftMakers that highlights exclusive insights of luminaries and movement makers as they share wisdom on how to be an authentic changemaker today.

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Beyonce recommends What Will It Take to her young readers

Beyoncé Names Her Hero, Puts a Book on Your Reading List in a Rare Interview (People Magazine)

Beyoncé Names the *One* Book She Thinks Should Be on Your Reading List (Marie Claire)

Marianne Schnall on What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? (video) (NowThis )

Marianne Schnall Interview on the Rise of Global Women Leaders (video) (BBC World News )

More women are signing up to run, but will they succeed? (

Marianne Schnall on Changing the Media's Stereotypes of Women (UN Women)

Panel: Women, Leadership & Power: What Will It Take? (video) (SOCAP)

Marianne Schnall's interview with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (video) (NYU Skirball/

Lessons from a Master Connector (profile) (Conscious Company Media)

What It Takes To Lead The Way While Daring To Be You (interview) (WAMC-AM/FM 51% )

Advice From Jane Fonda, Anita Hill, Amy Poehler, and Other Influential Women on Building Confidence (excerrpt from 'Dare to Be You') (Thrive Global)

Gloria Steinem, Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Other Powerful Women on What “Success” Means to Them (excerpt from "Leading the Way") (Thrive Global)

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New Report On The State Of Black Women In American Politics Highlights Both Progress And Untapped Potential The representation of Black women in politics is growing, but still has a long way to go, a new report shows. Report authors Glynda Carr (Higher Heights) and Kelly Dittmar (CAWP) offer their insights on the progress and hurdles for black women candidates, why it matters, and what we can do to create change. (ForbesWomen)

'Things Have Changed, But Not Nearly Enough': Interview With Anita Hill On Her New Book That Charts A Path To End Gender Violence Thirty years after her landmark testimony, Anita Hill addresses the unfinished work of ending gender violence in her new book Believing. In this interview, she delves into why and how we must take action on this issue immediately, how she maintains her energy to keep doing this work and much more. (ForbesWomen) - Listen to the podcast on ShiftMakers with Marianne Schnall: Anita Hill Part 1 / Anita Hill Part 2

Envisioning A Gender Just World: Global Thought Leaders Weigh In this first installment of the #EnvisionEquality series, esteemed thought leaders across sectors share their visions of what a gender just future could hold, what gives them hope and how taking an intersectional approach is critical to achievement. (ForbesWomen)

Achieving a Gender Just World In Part 2 of the #EnvisionEquality series, activists, experts and thought leaders discuss the systems and paradigms that need to be reimagined in order to achieve equality, share what actions we can take to advance toward an intersectional, gender just world, and offer powerful advice to lawmakers looking to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. (ForbesWomen)

Arianna Huffington’s Call to Action: We Need to Nurture Our Mental Health as We Look Toward a Post-Pandemic Future (ForbesWomen) - Listen to the podcast on ShiftMakers: ShiftMakers with Marianne Schnall: Arianna Huffington on Nurturing Our Mental Health

Women have taken a staggering Covid hit. Now they offer the best hopes for the future With insights from: Tarana Burke, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Melinda Gates, Sarah Eagle Heart, Jennifer Klein, Michelle Nunn, Fatima Goss Graves, Ai-jen Poo, Monica Ramirez, Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Reshma Saujani, Yifat Susskind, Opal Tometi, Teresa Younger (

Interview With #BlackLivesMatter Cofounder Alicia Garza: 'Fight Against Despair And Keep Doing The Work Needed To Change The World' Internationally recognized activist and organizer Alicia Garza talks about her new book, The Purpose of Power, and shares powerful insights and calls to action for creating a more equitable and just world. (ForbesWomen)

Now's Our Chance: After A Tumultuous 2020, Women Leaders Share 8 Ways To Rebuild A Better World A diverse group of prominent women leaders share their insights and expertise on where we must focus our efforts to ensure the world that emerges post COVID-19 is more just, sustainable and equitable. (ForbesWomen)

Interview With Dr. Jane Goodall: 'We’ve Got To Get Together And Take Action Now' World-renowned ethologist, environmentalist and trailblazer Dr. Jane Goodall reflects on 60 years of groundbreaking research, as well as her ongoing work, and shares her wisdom and insights on the pandemic, the planet, women’s progress, her legacy, and much more. (ForbesWomen)

19 Powerful Women On Why Voting Is So Important Over the years, I have interviewed many high profile public figures about the importance of voting, and civic engagement overall, which is more important today than ever. What follows is a collection of quotes to inspire us all to vote in all elections, from presidential to down the ballot for our local races, as well as to ensure that others have those same rights too — as well as a reminder that our civic engagement extends beyond election day.(Supermajority)

Women Candidates Face More Obstacles — and the Pandemic Has Made It Worse Campaigning during the pandemic has forced candidates to innovate and improvise (Women's Media Center)

‘We Should Be Very Alarmed’: Interview With Sheryl Sandberg On The Shocking New Stats About Women Leaving The Workforce Due To COVID-19 Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and co-founder of Lean In, discusses the alarming new stats revealed in Lean In's recent study on women in the workplace during COVID and why companies need to take swift, bold action (ForbesWomen)

'Her Fight Is Ours To Continue': Esteemed Women Leaders Honor The Life And Legacy Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg With Their Stories, Reflections And Calls To Action
Featuring: Carol Moseley Braun, Hillary Clinton, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Abigail Disney, Melinda Gates, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jane Goodall, Anita Hill, Valerie Jarrett, Carol Jenkins, Kathy Najimy, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Cecile Richards, S. Mona Sinha, Gloria Steinem, Barbra Streisand, Tina Tchen (ForbesWomen)

Interview With Arianna Huffington On New Work-Life Strategies That Boost Resilience And Prioritize Well-Being During COVID And Beyond
Arianna Huffington discusses strategies and solutions for managing our lives, work and well-being during these stressful and uncertain times, how to address the growing impact on women, the importance of self-care and more (ForbesWomen)

On the centennial of the 19th Amendment, legendary women look to the future
Featuring Carol Moseley Braun, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Alicia Garza, Melinda Gates, Kirsten Gillibrand, Anita Hill, Dolores Huerta, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Carol Jenkins, Mikki Kendall, Leslie Kern, Billie Jean King, María Teresa Kumar, Barbara Lee, Annie Lennox, Pat Mitchell, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Ai-jen Poo, Megan Rapinoe, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Sheryl Sandberg, Lauren Underwood, Christine Todd Whitman (

Interview With Brittany Packnett Cunningham: On Building Teams, Not Saviors And What It Will Take To Achieve Racial Justice
Activist and thought leader Brittany Packnett Cunningham talks in depth about advancing racial justice, supporting Black women's leadership, encouraging confidence in women, turning out the vote this November, what self-care means to her, and much more (ForbesWomen)

When Black Women Lead, We All Win: 10 Inspiring Leaders Show Us The Way
Featuring insights from: Luvvie Ajayi, Aimee Allison, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Alicia Garza, Valerie Jarrett, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Amanda Seales, Opal Tometi, and Raquel Willis (ForbesWomen)

It's Time The 'Truth Be Told' About Black Women's Leadership In The Fight For The Vote
New digital collection tells the untold stories of Black women's vital role in the suffrage movement (ForbesWomen)

Insights From Jane Fonda: Now Is The Time To 'Lay The Groundwork For An Equitable, Renewable Future'
Actress and activist Jane Fonda shares her insights about addressing the climate crisis, fighting for essential workers, women stepping up as leaders to create positive change, the important role activism plays in her life, how we can build a more sustainable, equitable world and much more. (ForbesWomen)

‘These Extraordinary Times Call For Extraordinary Giving’: 12 Leaders In Women’s Philanthropy Speak Out
With insights from Jennifer Alcorn, Emilienne de León Aulina, Elizabeth Barajas-Román, Sarah Haacke Byrd, Vanessa Daniel, Latanya Mapp Frett, Donna P. Hall, Surina Khan, Monique W. Morris, Ana Oliveira, Kavita Ramdas and Teresa Younger (ForbesWomen)

Interview With Kimberlé Crenshaw: Rising Against Racism, Supporting Black Female Leadership, And Building An Equitable World
Renowned social justice advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw shares her insights on systemic racism and turning this moment of reckoning into transformative change, how to apply intersectional principles to the issues we currently face, the importance of supporting Black female leadership, and more. (ForbesWomen)

Ten Prominent Women Spotlight The Need For Women’s Leadership During The Pandemic And Beyond
Featuring insights from: Alicia Garza, Melinda Gates, Kirsten Gillibrand, Dolores Huerta, Barbara Lee, Pat Mitchell, Mónica Ramírez, Mary Robinson, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Tina Tchen (ForbesWomen)

Interview With Melinda Gates: How Revolutionizing Our Caretaking System Is ‘The Key To Reopening The Economy’
“Our economy is built on the back of women's caregiving,” says Melinda Gates as she discusses how the pandemic has hastened the urgency of creating more equitable caregiving systems, and how addressing this issue is connected to her overarching goal of achieving gender equality in the US and around the world (ForbesWomen)

Putting a Gender Lens on COVID-19: Thought Leaders Weigh In
With insights from Aimee Allison, Kimberle Crenshaw, Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner, Ana Flores, MarySue V. Heilemann, Michelle Nunn, Ai-jen Poo, Tony Porter, Kavita Ramdas, Cecile Richards, Rachel Thomas, V (formerly Eve Ensler), and Teresa Younger (ForbesWomen)

The Ms. Q&A: Cecile Richards, Co-Founder of Supermajority and Former President of Planned Parenthood (Ms. Magazine)

How History Can Bring Us Hope Right Now
Featuring stories from: Madeleine Albright, Aimee Allison, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jane Goodall, Kamala Harris, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Barbara Lee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Ai-jen Poo, Cecile Richards, Sheryl Sandberg, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Opal Tometi (

‘We Are Rising’: Playwright Eve Ensler Talks Activism, Art And How To Create The World We Want (ForbesWomen)

5 Ways to Live Unapologetically in 2020 (

‘The Power Of Media Has Never Been More In Our Hands’: Women’s Media Center Awards Highlight The Need For Inclusivity (ForbesWomen)

‘Fear Is Only Damaging When It Dictates Our Behavior’: Filmmaker And Activist Abigail Disney’s Advice On Leadership, Courage, And Creating Change (ForbesWomen)

'We Are Entitled To Ambition': Stacey Abrams Talks About Leadership, Change, And Her New Book (ForbesWomen)

2020 is not a fair playing field. Here's how to even it out. (

Why Martha McSally's appointment is a game changer (

'Make Your Voice Heard': How Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Is Inspiring A New Generation Of Changemakers (ForbesWomen)

Sports Icon Billie Jean King on Leadership and Making a Difference (ForbesWomen)

Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Maxine Waters And Other Trailblazers Push For More Women In Media (ForbesWomen)

'Don't Agonize, Organize': Why Nancy Pelosi Wants More Women In Washington (ForbesWomen)

Lessons From Anita Hill On Courage And Leadership (ForbesWomen)

The Truth About the Sex Trade: Moments in ‘the Life’ (Women's eNews)

New Campaign Raises Awareness Of The Pay Gap For Black Women (ForbesWomen)

Hillary Clinton Urges Women To 'Stand Up And Speak Out' (ForbesWomen)

New Coalition Aims to Elect More Women (Women's Media Center)

Interview with Tina Brown on Women, Leadership and Her Upcoming Summit (ForbesWomen)

A Celebration and a Call to Action: 20 Years of V-Day (Women's eNews)

5 Lessons I Learned From My Interviews With Maya Angelou (Women@Forbes)

The Rising Activism in Women's Philanthropy (Women@Forbes)

Transforming the Women’s March into political power (Women's Media Center)

2018 Will be the Year of Women
After a turbulent year fending off efforts to diminish our power and silence our voices, women are harnessing their outrage, writes Marianne Schnall -- newly energized, politically engaged and more resolute than ever. (

Exclusive Insights From Four TEDWomen Speakers
Featuring Luvvie Ajayi, Justin Baldoni, Susan David and Sally Kohn (Huffington Post)

From #MeToo to Men Too: How Men Can Prevent Harassment and Abuse
With Insights from: Justin Baldoni, Ted Bunch, Eve Ensler, Michael Kimmel, Matt McGorry, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and Maile Zambuto (Huffington Post)

Women's Media Awards honor Hillary Rodham Clinton, April Ryan, Maria Hinojosa, and other media trailblazers (Women's Media Center)

Mission Blue: Sylvia Earle’s Quest to Protect the World’s Ocean (Huffington Post)

A CALL TO MEN: Honoring the Next Generation of Manhood (Huffington Post)

Moby, Jane Goodall and Others Speak Out on an Issue that Needs Our Immediate Attention (Huffington Post)

This is What Comes After Resist - interviews from the Ms. Foundation's Gloria Awards (Refinery29)

Interview with Sheryl Sandberg: Build Resilence, Find Joy, and Kick the Elephant Out of the Room (Forbes)

This is what it takes to elect a woman president (CNN)

9 Famous Women On What It Will Take To Create A REAL Democracy (Refinery29)

Why We March: 15 Women Leaders Offer Strategies to Advance the Movement (Huffington Post)

16 Leaders on Finding Inner Peace (Thrive Global)

Interview with Dolly Parton on Her Latest Projects, the Power of Love and More (video) (Huffington Post)

Gwen Ifill - A Role Model for the Next Generation of Women and Media (Huffington Post)

Spotlight on Change Makers at the Women’s Media Awards (Women's Media Center)

A Cosmic Perspective: Interview With StarTalk's Neil deGrasse Tyson (Huffington Post)

Arianna Huffington's Secret To Success (Forbes)

Gloria Steinem on the 'Crucial' Next Steps for Women, and What Gives Her Hope (Huffington Post) Oprah and Marianne Schnall

Oprah Asks the Question, 'What Do You Believe?: An Interview with the Media Icon About Her Landmark New Series, "Belief" (Huffington Post)

Interview with Futurist Jason Silva, Host of "Brain Games" (Video) (Huffington Post/AOL Build)

Interview with Jane Fonda on Her Life, Her Passions, and Her Priorities (Video) (Huffington Post/AOL Build)

20 Years After Beijing, How Are We Doing? (Women's Media Center)

Interview With David Lynch: His Mission to Change the World Through Meditation (Huffington Post)

Amy Poehler and Marianne Schnall

Exclusive Interview With Amy Poehler on Her Book, Yes Please, and More (Video) (Huffington Post/AOL Build)

She's Got Game: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Challenges Women to Become Major Players (Marie Claire)

Marianne Schnall on Maya Angelou and a new paradigm on race (

Interview with President Jimmy Carter on His New Book A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power (Huffington Post)

5 Steps to a Female President - It's not just a 'women's issue' (

What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?: Sheryl Sandberg, Nancy Pelosi, Olympia Snowe and Others Weigh In (Huffington Post)

Press about What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?

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