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 and a contributor to the nationally syndicated NPR radio show, 51% The Women’s Perspective. She is also the founder and executive director of the women's website and non-profit organization and founder of What Will It Take Movements. She is the author of Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice and her new book What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power. full bio »

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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 )

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

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

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

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

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'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)

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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
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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)

Activist Men React to "Locker Room Talk" (Huffington Post)

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)

Thoughts from Gloria Steinem: Have We Made Any Progress Toward Gender Equality? (Mogul) 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)

Series: She's More Than a Symbol (Political Parity) Blog posts and podcast interviews with Pat Schroeder, Carol Moseley Braun, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Nancy Pelosi and more

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)

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