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Bold Actions Series: Interview with Soledad O’Brien

Journalist Soledad O’Brien on the importance of sharing authentic stories, making DEI a business imperative, and why we need leaders who stand by their values.

Bold Actions Series: Interview with Stephanie Creary, PhD

Identity and diversity scholar Dr. Stephanie Creary shares insights from her personal journey and her groundbreaking DEI research.

Bold Actions Series: Interview with Kavitha Prabhakar

Deloitte’s former Chief DEI Officer Kavitha Prabhakar shares lessons learned and advice for the chief DEI officers of tomorrow

Bold Actions Series: Interview with Kenji Yoshino

Acclaimed legal scholar Kenji Yoshino on “covering,” allyship, and how to create a culture of greater authenticity

Bold Actions Series: Interview with Anne Chow

Former AT&T Business CEO Anne Chow talks leadership, courage, DEI, and her next chapter.


On the centennial of the 19th Amendment, legendary women look to the future

From the vantage point of this turbulent moment, and as we look back at 1920, it seems equally crucial to consider the next hundred years and ask where the road to true equity should take us next. Featuring Carol Moseley Braun, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Melinda Gates, Anita Hill, Dolores Huerta, Carol Jenkins, Billie Jean King, María Barbara Lee, Annie Lennox, Megan Rapinoe, and many others.

How history can bring us hope right now

An esteemed set of women to reflect back on their lives and careers as leaders, drawing on historical moments or achievements by women that have given them hope and the fortitude to keep going. Featuring stories from: Madeleine Albright, Patrisse Cullors, Jane Goodall, Kamala Harris, Barbara Lee, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Ai-jen Poo, Cecile Richards, Sheryl Sandberg, Opal Tometi, and others.

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

While the 2018 midterms showed us that the tide may be beginning to turn in terms of women’s fundraising efforts, we must be aware of the challenges women still face when raising money – and what we can do to make the presidential playing field as even as possible.

Why Martha McSally’s appointment is a game changer

Arizona is yet another example of the seismic shift underway in women’s representation across government. The 2019 freshman class of women in Congress will be the largest ever for a total of 102 female representatives and 25 female senators.

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—newly energized, politically engaged and more resolute than ever.

This is what it takes to elect a woman president

Five things we can do to get a woman in the White House.

What will it take to make a woman president?

Pioneering and influential women share why they believe women have made such little momentum in Washington just four years after having a near presidential contender – and what we can do to get more women into the pipeline of political leadership.

51% The Women's Perspective Monthly Radio Commentaries

Audio and Transcripts (originally aired on WAMC and NPR)

51% Show # 1181 (3-1-2012)

"It's easy to get a narrow view of the world. If you don't see it, it must not be happening. But simply because child marriage is no longer common in America doesn't mean it isn't happening anywhere. In fact, Feminist.com founder and author Marianne Schnall says 25 thousand girls a day are married around the world - many of them only 12 or 13. But there's an effort underway to end this tradition in just one generation."
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51% Show # 1147 (12-1-2011)

"I certainly can't vouch for my experience being an objective one - I do, after all, host a women's issues show. And yet it seems I'm hearing more about encouraging women's leadership - empowering girls - emphasizing women's role in society and in supporting an economic recovery. Feminist.com founder Marianne Schnall says it's about time."
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51% Show # 1147 (7-7-2011)

Feminist.com's Marianne Schnall has some thoughts on that nagging desire we have to do something - to make a difference - and how it conflicts with that sense that we're just not big enough to do it.
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51% Show # 1140 (05-19-2011)

Stress may actually be the one thing we can all relate to these days. Marianne Schnall's been thinking about that lately.
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51% Show # 1134 (04-7-2011)

April 22nd is Earth Day, and feminist.com founder Marianne Schnall says it took her awhile to see the link between environmentalism and feminism but it's there.
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51% Show # 1131 (03-17-2011)

Family businesses have traditionally been passed from father to son. Particularly before 1950, girls were usually expected to find a good man, get married and raise children. Marianne Schnall, founder of feminist.com, has a different family story.
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51% Show # 1126 (02-10-2011)

February 14th marks a global day to speak out against violence against women. V-Day was the creation of Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues. It has grown every year and has spread all over the world. Marianne Schnall, founder of feminist.com, remembers how it began.
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51% Show # 1125 (02-03-2011)

Feb 3rd marks the start of the Chinese New Year. Author and feminist.com founder, Marianne Schnall, thinks it might be an opportunity to reset that resolution to something more productive.
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‘We’re Meant To Be Active And Contribute To The World’: Celebrating Gloria Steinem On Her 90th Birthday

In honor of feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s 90th birthday, I share wisdom from our interviews over the years, highlighting her key accomplishments and timeless messages.

‘Begin With The Story’: Kimberlé Crenshaw On #SayHerName, Her New Book And Working Toward Gender Inclusive Racial Justice

Insights from Kimberlé Crenshaw on the #SayHerName campaign, progress toward racial justice, intersectionality, supporting Black women leaders, her hopes for the future and more.

Reflections From My Interview With Trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Insights and hopes for the future from interview with late Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

‘Are We Willing To Listen To Girls’ Stories?’: New Global Collection Uplifts Girls’ Resistance And Activism

Insights and calls to action from the co-creators of Stories of Girls’ Resistance, a new body of work that centers stories of girls’ activism across the world.

New Leadership Program From Lean In Aims To Help Girls See Themselves As Leaders

Lean In cofounders Sheryl Sandberg and Rachel Thomas talk about their new leadership program, which encourages girls to be bold, self-assured, inclusive leaders.

‘Disability Sparks Innovation’: Insights From Deafblind Human Rights Lawyer Haben Girma

Disability rights advocate Haben Girma shares the benefits of designing for accessibility and increasing representation of disabled people in the workforce.

The Power Of Sharing Power: New Report On Co-Leadership Offers Insight Into The Collaborative Leadership Model That’s Gaining Ground

Insights from authors of co-leadership report on how power sharing can lead to increased innovation and reduced burnout, as well as broader transformative change.

‘Supporting Women In Sports Is Good Business’: Billie Jean King Teams Up With The Tory Burch Foundation To Empower Women In Sports

Trailblazing tennis icon and champion for gender equality Billie Jean King and Tory Burch, founder of the Tory Burch Foundation, share details about their launch of a new Sports Fellowship that aims to advance women’s representation in sports business.

‘Young People Are Changing The World’: Dr. Jane Goodall On The New Apple TV+ Series ‘Jane’ And Her Message That We Can All Make A Difference

World renowned ethologist and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall talks about the new Apple TV+ series Jane, which was inspired by her life and legacy, her passion for empowering young people to get involved in creating change, her calls to action and more.

Gender Equality Is Achievable In Our Lifetime: New Book Reveals How Laws Directly Impact Equality And The Global Economy

Authors of the new book Equality Within Our Lifetimes share details and calls to action about how laws and policies can advance—or undermine—gender equality worldwide, what it will take to achieve equality, and how doing so will profoundly benefit the global economy.

“Reckoning Is The Call Of The Day”: Interview With V (Eve Ensler) On Her New Book, 25 Years Of Global Activism And Creating A New Culture

There is much we can learn about leadership, solidarity and actualizing a bold vision from V (formerly Eve Ensler), the Tony award-winning playwright, author and activist. Her iconic play The Vagina Monologues has been published in 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries, and was the spark that inspired her to launch her transformative organization V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women, gender expansive people, girls and the planet.

‘Women Emerging Expedition’ Sets Out To Explore Approaches To Leadership That Resonate With Women

Insights from esteemed women leaders across the globe who have teamed up to explore new paradigms of leadership as part of the Women Emerging virtual expedition. Their ultimate goal is to create a worldwide movement that redefines leadership and creates real change in the way it is both seen and done.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Spotlight The Brave, Visionary Women Of Ukraine And Launch ‘Women Lead’ Campaign

Nobel Peace laureates Jody Williams, Tawakkol Karman and Leymah Gbowee, and United for Ukraine president Olga Hamama, share their insights and calls to action after visiting the women of Ukraine and creating a campaign and documentary to highlight the role and plight of Ukrainian women.

How We Raise Our Boys Is Key To A Gender Equal Future: Three Leading Advocates Weigh In

Justin Baldoni, Ted Bunch and Don McPherson share their insights on the importance of raising boys to not feel constricted by outdated notions of gender and masculinity, and the multiple positive impacts it would have on boys' and men's lives and society as a whole.

From Trauma To Trailblazing: Congresswoman Cori Bush Talks Overcoming Adversity, Creating Change And Her New Memoir

Congresswoman Cori Bush talks about how her harrowing journey of trauma and adversity, which she candidly documents in her new memoir, ultimately led her to become the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress and fight for social and political change.

‘Change Isn’t Just Coming, It’s Here’: Deloitte Brings Together 100 Chief DEI Officers At Forum And Launches DEI Institute To Advance Equity

In a bold effort to collectively accelerate diversity, equity and inclusion, Deloitte US recently launched a DEI Institute and held a Forum that convened 100 Chief DEI Officers from across industries to share strategies and build a network to create lasting change.

Building A More Inclusive Future: Interview With National Geographic Society’s First Woman CEO Jill Tiefenthaler

I spoke to National Geographic Society CEO Jill Tiefenthaler about her leadership advice and the ways in which having diverse voices helps Nat Geo achieve their mission to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.

‘Women Leaders Should Be Able To Thrive’: Deloitte Chair Janet Foutty On Her New Book And Strategies For Navigating Leadership

Janet Foutty, executive chair of the board of Deloitte U.S. and co-author of the new book 'Arrive and Thrive,' talks about ways women can thrive in their lives and careers, the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and much more.

Interview With Justin Baldoni: Undefining What It Means To Be ‘Man Enough’ And Enacting Social Change Through Media

Actor, director and changemaker Justin Baldoni talks about his Man Enough Movement, his personal and collective journey to transform traditional masculinity and gender roles, his work to enact social change through media with Wayfarer Studios and more.

Wisdom Shared With Me By Desmond Tutu: ‘We Are All Connected. What Unites Us Is Our Common Humanity.’

Archbishop Tutu, described by many as the “world’s moral compass,” had so much empathy, insight, compassion and timeless wisdom to share, and I wanted to provide some of it here in the hopes that we can all honor his legacy by aspiring to embody the vision and principles he upheld, which are more important and timely than ever.

Trailblazing Oceanographer Sylvia Earle On Why We Must Act Now To Safeguard The Ocean, ‘Our Life Support System

Pioneering oceanographer Sylvia Earle talks about her new book celebrating the wonders of the ocean, how our actions and climate change are hurting the ocean and what we can do to protect it, her advice on being a trailblazer and more.

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.

‘Things Have Changed, But Not Nearly Enough’: Interview With Anita Hill On Her New Book That Charts A Path To End Gender Violence

By courageously sharing her landmark testimony during the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991, Anita Hill became a trailblazer and leading figure for women’s rights in the fight against sexual harassment and gender-based violence.

Achieving a Gender Just World: Thought Leaders Provide Actionable Ways To Break Through Equality’s Biggest Barriers

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.

Envisioning A Gender Just World: Global Thought Leaders Weigh In

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.

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.

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.

Interview With Dr. Jane Goodall: ‘We’ve Got To Get Together And Take Action Now’

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Dr. Jane Goodall first setting foot in Gombe, Tanzania, to begin her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees.

‘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.

‘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

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

Insights From Jane Fonda: Now Is The Time To ‘Lay The Groundwork For An Equitable, Renewable Future’

Actress and activist Jane Fonda isn’t letting a pandemic slow down her mission to create awareness and action around climate change and other issues she is passionate about.

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.

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 U.S. and around the world.

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

In this interview with Eve Ensler, the playwright and activist shares her powerful insights on what effective leadership looks like, why art and activism go hand in hand, how we can rise up to create change, and much more.

Huffington Post

Exclusive Insights From Four TEDWomen Speakers

Featuring Luvvie Ajayi, Justin Baldoni, Susan David and Sally Kohn

From #MeToo to Men Too: How Men Can Prevent Harassment and Abuse

Since the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault story broke the floodgates, every day brings new allegations of powerful men assaulting or harassing women, and millions of women have been publicly sharing their personal stories and declaring “#MeToo.” But why is the onus always on the women to share their stories, to be the only ones leading the outcry and call for change?

Moby And Others Speak Out On An Issue That Needs Our Immediate Attention

Animal rights activists Gene Baur, Jenny Brown, Sylvia Earle, Jane Goodall, Bill Maher, Moby, Kathy Najimy, Ingrid Newkirk, Alicia Silverstone, and Tracey Stewart share why they are so passionate about this issue and what we can all do to make a difference.

Mission Blue: Sylvia Earle’s Quest to Protect the World’s Ocean

Interview with pioneering oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle on Mission Blue, her not-for-profit global organization dedicated to exploring and caring for the ocean.

A CALL TO MEN: Honoring the Next Generation of Manhood

One of the most common misconceptions about feminist work is that it is a movement solely for and about women and that men are excluded as allies or beneficiaries. But in truth feminist issues are not just “women’s issues,” they are human issues.

Interview with Tiffany Dufu on How to “Drop the Ball” and Achieve More by Doing Less

Women's leadership expert Tiffany Dufu talks about her book Drop the Ball, offers helpful tips and advice, and encourages women to embrace their imperfections and the intrinsic messiness of modern life.

Why We March: 15 Women Leaders Offer Strategies to Advance the Movement

Prominent activists and leaders share insights on how we can harness the energy and transformative power of the millions who marched in the U.S. and around the world to keep this movement going.

Dolly Parton on Her Latest Projects, the Power of Love and More

In the following interview, the big-hearted and charismatic Parton discusses the lessons contained in her Coat of Many Colors story, her advice on overcoming obstacles, what she thinks the world needs more of, how she keeps her positive attitude and more.

Gwen Ifill: A Role Model for the Next Generation of Women and Media

A trailblazer for women in media, Ifill had the distinction of being one of the most visible African American female broadcast journalists.

Deepak Chopra on Coping with Election Stress

Deepak Chopra offers advice and tips to keep calm during and after going to the polls and shares his perspective on what the dynamics during this turbulent election season tell us about the state of our country, politics and consciousness—and the opportunity he sees post-election for reflection and healing our divides.

A Conversation with Mini Timmaraju, National Women’s Vote Director of Hillary for America

Timmaraju shares her wisdom and insights as we discuss a range of topics around this campaign season, including some of the most exciting moments of Hillary’s campaign, what it would mean to have a woman in the White House, and how she feels about being an integral part of this moment in history to help elect our first female president.

20 Influential Women On What This Historic Election Means To Them

Thoughts and insights from diverse cross-section of well-known and influential women on the pivotal upcoming election and the possibility of having our first women president. Includes Nancy Pelosi, Ai-jen Poo, Joy Reid, Maria Shriver, Pat Schroeder, Gloria Steinem, Barbra Streisand and more.

Activist Men React To ‘Locker Room Talk’

Unfortunately, conversations that devalue women do happen in locker rooms, as well as board rooms, the barber shop, the golf course, and other places where men gather. But there are also many men who are rallying, saying, "Not in my locker room, not in my household, not in my office, and not in my community."

A Cosmic Perspective: Interview With StarTalk’s Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tyson talks about his passion for helping people discover "what role science plays in their lives," why he thinks education should teach our students "how to think," what gives him awe and the essential impact of seeing ourselves and the world through a "cosmic perspective."

She’s More Than a Symbol: Hillary Clinton’s Historic Nomination

Last night, Hillary Clinton marked the milestone of becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, this is a symbolic breakthrough we can and should all celebrate together.

Tony Robbins and Bob Carr Join Forces to Change the World One Child at a Time

Bob Carr and Tony Robbins are both highly successful individuals, but this is not all they share in common: they both possess a strong desire to make a difference in deserving children's lives, like someone did for them.

Gloria Steinem on the ‘Crucial’ Next Steps for Women and What Gives Her Hope

Steinem talks about the strides we've made toward gender equality (and how far we have yet to go), the hopeful "explosion of consciousness" she's been witnessing on the road, her views on electing a woman into the White House, how men and women can be allies, and her belief that "we are linked not ranked."

Oprah Asks the Question, ‘What Do You Believe?’

A strong believer that "your beliefs really determine what you manifest in your life," Oprah and her team set out to find "the most compelling and thoughtful stories of faith, love and devotion from around the world."

Interview With Futurist Jason Silva, Host of Brain Games

Silva talks about his show Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel, describing it as a "pop science series that uses elaborate experiments to highlight your perceptions and misperceptions of reality."

Jane Fonda on Her Life, Her Passions, and Her Priorities

I recently sat down with the iconic Academy award-winning actress (and best-selling author of seven books) for a far-ranging conversation for AOL BUILD, in which we talked about a variety of topics, including the need for more women's voices and diversity in Hollywood and the media.

Interview With David Lynch: His Mission to Change the World Through Meditation

David Lynch shares the story of his own personal transformation and his belief in the power of meditation to not only positively affect one's own enjoyment of life, creativity, and ability to cope with stress and trauma but also transform our "collective consciousness."

Exclusive Interview With Amy Poehler on her book, ‘Yes Please’ and More

I had the electric experience of sitting down with Amy Poehler as part of AOL BUILD, in which she shared her quick-witted blend of humor and wisdom on a wide range of topics including her career advice.

Things Maya Told Me: My Favorite Insights and Quotes From My Interviews With Maya Angelou

While Dr. Angelou is an impressive and accomplished figure with three Grammys, more than 30 honorary degrees and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she had an incredibly endearing way of making everyone she encountered feel equal and special.

Interview with Jimmy Carter on His New Book ‘Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power’

Since leaving the White House in 1981, Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth President of the United States, has been one of our most active presidents. In 1982 he and his wife Rosyln Carter founded The Carter Center, dedicated to advancing peace and health worldwide.

Celebrating Gloria Steinem’s 80th Birthday

In celebration of Gloria Steinem's 80th birthday, I decided to go through my many interviews with her and share some of her inspiring insights and wisdom.

Interview with Jane Fonda on Her New Book About Being a Teen

Helping teens has been a longtime passion of Fonda's, and learning about their needs, problems and questions compelled her to write her comprehensive new book, for which she consulted with a variety of additional resources and experts.

Controversial Hillary Cover of TIME Illuminates Sexism in the Media

This cover is a potent visualization of some of the concerning cultural obstacles and stereotypes that continue to hold back women and girls from positions of power.

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

Many other nations have elected women presidents so why not the U.S.? What will it take to chart the conditions to achieve that milestone?

‘Growing and Giving’: An Interview With Tony Robbins

During his sold-out events all around the world, Tony is known for his "tough love" approach to help ignite the passion inside of participants. Something you may not know, though, is Robbins is also a generous philanthropist.

Exclusive Interview With Ram Dass

Ram Dass has been a spiritual friend and beloved teacher for millions of people around the world. He is perhaps one of the sixties' most well-known cultural icons, as the author of the worldwide spiritual classic Be Here Now and many other enlightening books.

Deepak Chopra Talks About Awakening the World and His “Sages and Scientists” Symposium

Interview with author Deepak Chopra, a world-renowned expert on mind-body healing and outspoken advocate for the "contemporary synthesis of science and soul."

Exclusive Interview With Maya Angelou On Her New Book ‘Mom & Me & Mom’

In her latest book, Angelou shares the story of the most influential and complicated relationship of her life—the one with her indomitable mother Vivian Baxter. The book is an inspiring and touching story of growth and healing, of life lessons learned, and the profound power of love and connection.

Influential Women Share Advice on Staying Calm and Centered in Hectic Times

Women including Alice Walker, Kerry Washington, Joan Halifax Roshi, Melissa Etheridge, Jane Fonda, and others share the strategies they use to keep themselves centered, reduce stress, and remain joyful and connected to their core

Interview with Eve Ensler: ‘In The Body of the World’

Playwright, author and activist Eve Ensler discusses her courageously candid new memoir, in which she documents her journey of transformation after receiving a cancer diagnosis.

Exclusive: Patrick Stewart Calls on Men to End Violence Against Women

The dynamic acclaimed actor and activist has taken on his own personal mission: enlisting men in the movement to end violence against women, which he has called, "the single greatest human rights violation of our generation."

Exclusive: Melinda Gates on Family Planning and Changing the World

Controversy over reproductive rights has been at the forefront of our national conversation, but philanthropist Melinda Gates would like to take the controversy out and transform the narrative into a global one through education and advocacy.

Marianne Williamson on Consciousness, Women and Politics

An illuminating conversation with spiritual activist and best-selling author Marianne Williamson, exploring "birthing a new American politics."

Influential Women Speak Out on the Election

I posed the following question to some of the most influential women of our time, "What message would you most want to get out to women about the upcoming election?" Here are their inspiring answers.

Exclusive: Interview With Oprah About Her School for Girls

One of the achievements that is clearly closest to Oprah Winfrey's heart is founding the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Tony Robbins Sets the Record Straight About Fire Walk ‘Controversy’

In the end, it is these missing testimonials of life changes that Tony Robbins finds "frustrating, to do some of your best work and see it all distorted." Yet he admits, "It comes with the territory."

Marie Claire

She’s Got Game: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Challenges Women to Become Major Players

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand challenges women to become major players.

Ms. Magazine

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

Women in the World Meet at Summit: An Interview with Tina Brown

I had the opportunity to talk to Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek & The Daily Beast–and founder of the Women in the World summit–about the third annual event and the importance of making women's voices heard.

Omega Women's Leadership Center

Interview with Elizabeth Lesser: Modern Feminism & Spirituality

Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser talks to Marianne Schnall about the mission and vision of the Omega Women's Leadership Center and the future of modern feminism.

Interview with Anna Deavere Smith: As You Reach Up, Reach Out

Actor, playwright, and professor Anna Deavere Smith and Marianne Schnall talk about why it's important that women in leadership reach out in service.

Interview with Ai-jen Poo: The Dignity of Women’s Work

Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, talks with Marianne Schnall about the importance of political organizing for women to strengthen community and build a new economy.

Interview with Cecile Richards: Women Don’t Need Permission to Lead

Ambition is not a dirty word. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, and Marianne Schnall discuss the issues that affect women the most and why it is so important to have women in leadership and decision-making roles.

Interview with Eve Ensler: Empowering Generations of Women

Playwright and activist Eve Ensler talks with Marianne Schnall about love, freedom, and how powerful we would be if we all embraced our inner girl.

Interview with Joan Halifax Roshi: The Balance Between Contemplation and Action

Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax Roshi talks with Marianne Schnall about the qualities she wants to see in a leader, how to find balance between inner and outer work, and the benefit of working in challenging situations.

Interview with Sally Field: Look Inside to Find Your Power

Sally Field speaks with Marianne Schnall about the importance of inner work, the unique capacities of women, and how to raise boys to be thoughtful parents and leaders.

Thrive Global

Timeless Wisdom from Gloria Steinem

In honor of Women’s History Month and Gloria’s birthday, I collected some of her most powerful insights, advice and life wisdom from our interviews

Visions to Transform Our World this International Women’s Day

Wisdom and calls to action from 25 inspiring women on creating a more sustainable, equitable, peaceful and just world.

In Remembrance: My Interview With Beloved Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Nhat Hanh shares valuable insights, advice and wisdom on how we can use our downtime to truly nourish ourselves, his concerns about the impact of technology on society, and his belief in the power of meditation and mindfulness to produce a more peaceful world and self.

“New Year, True You”: Luvvie Ajayi Jones Shares 5 Ways to Choose Courage and Make “Good Trouble” in 2022

Five takeaways from interview with bestselling author and speaker Luvvie Ajayi Jones who offers powerful insights on facing fear, speaking out, the “revolutionary act” of being yourself, and much more.

Advice From Jane Fonda, Anita Hill, Amy Poehler, and Other Influential Women on Building Confidence

Through sharing some of my favorite quotes, insights, and valuable lessons from my interviews with dozens of influential women, I want to reaffirm that you are powerful and capable and, most important, that your voice is needed.

Gloria Steinem, Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Other Powerful Women on What “Success” Means to Them

I have interviewed many wealthy celebrities, from Oprah to Natalie Portman and more, and they often report that their fulfillment doesn’t come from their fame or wealth at all. Instead, it comes from their advocacy work, giving back, and being of service to others.

16 Leaders on Finding Inner Peace

Oprah Winfrey, Cameron Diaz, Deepak Chopra, Melissa Etheridge, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, David Lynch, Dolly Parton, Kerry Washington, and others share simple yet effective strategies on how we can avoid burnout, reduce stress and prioritize our health, happiness and well-being.


5 Steps to a Female President: It’s not just a ‘women’s issue’

“Why haven’t we ever had a woman President?” Spurred by this question from my then 8-year-old daughter, I set out to find the answer by interviewing the most influential journalists, activists, politicians and thought leaders of today.

Women's eNews

The Truth About the Sex Trade: Moments in ‘the Life’

New coalition aims to elect more women

Recognizing that 100 years is far too long to wait for gender parity and that now is the time to harness the energy of this historic moment, eight top women’s political organizations have joined forces to form ReflectUS, a groundbreaking nonpartisan coalition committed to fast-tracking women’s representation across all political offices.

A Celebration and a Call to Action: 20 Years of V-Day

Women's Media Center

Women Candidates Face More Obstacles — and the Pandemic Has Made It Worse

Though the news cycle has been so relentless it can seem hard to keep track, this has been a historic period for women’s political leadership.

Landmark Title IX lawsuit filed against Trump administration

Transforming the Women’s March into political power

Women’s Media Awards honor Hillary Rodham Clinton, April Ryan, Maria Hinojosa, and other media trailblazers

Spotlight on change makers at the Women’s Media Awards

Amy Schumer joins WMC founders at decade celebration

20 Years After Beijing, How Are We Doing?

Honoring Game Changers at the Women’s Media Awards

Strike, Dance! Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising

WMC Award Winners Assess Media Progress

“I Am Neda”—Beyond the Icon

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network

Giving Women’s History a Home

Hillary Clinton Launches Public Service Initiative

Letting Girls Be Girls—A Global Campaign

Media Heroes Recognized

To help envision a more equitable landscape, last week the WMC 2011 Women's Media Awards celebrated today's powerful and visible women in media.

“Miss Representation”—Poised to Advance a Media Movement

The documentary shown on Oprah's OWN network takes on the disparagement of women and girls in the media in a comprehensive way. Marianne Schnall talks to "Miss Representation" filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Senator Gillibrand’s Call to Action

Like the national appeal to Rosie the Riveter during World War II, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is asking women to move "Off the Sidelines" to the center of decision making and power in the United States.

Peace Laureates Take On the War on Women

Members of the Nobel Women's Initiative are marshaling their collective wisdom and experience to tackle the challenge of ending rape as a weapon of war.

Celebrating International Women’s Day: Reflections from Natalie Portman, Maya Angelou

For the centenary of International Women's Day this week, Marianne Schnall samples assessments from a wide range of women on where we stand around the world.

Maria Shriver Takes On Alzheimer’s Advocacy

In her final year as California's First Lady, Maria Shriver turns public attention to Alzheimer’s advocacy at her influential California Governor & First Lady's Conference on Women.

Shining a Light Under the Veil

The author, whose interviews have been widely published, talks to playwright Mary Apick about the stories of women who spend their public lives shielded from our view.

“Elders” Fight Misuse of Religion to Oppress Women and Girls

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson say women and girls are the victims of dangerous practices too often justified in the name of religion and tradition. They are members of a prestigious international group that is spotlighting the issue.

Eve Ensler’s Mission: Awaken the Girl Self

Eleven years after the launch of V-Day, Eve Ensler sets out to do for girls what she did for women—uncover the truth of their experiences and create a global dialogue. Her new book is being published February 9.