Marianne Schnall
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  • "You’re incredible, Marianne. You’re just so humble; you serve, you serve women, and everything you’ve done since the very beginning has been about serving and moving other women forward."
    -Eve Ensler

  • "From a lifetime of interviewing diverse women, Marianne Schnall has chosen quotations that address big questions, then clustered them around turning points in life."
    -Gloria Steinem

  • "To engage on this topic with Marianne Schnall and to hear what barriers women face in their professional pursuits - and how to work around them - have only strengthened our community's sense of purpose and direction in taking action and pursuing greater opportunities."
    -Dartmouth College

  • "Marianne was able to make the event blossom into an actual conversation about women, leadership, and power. Our intimate conversation crossed generations and races and inspired a call to action for leadership networks and mentorship that I hope to continue.

  • "The event was a delightful and intimate affair which got all of us thinking about our own political careers and what barriers, particularly in the US, persist and keep women from reaching their full electoral potential. Thank you for speaking with and inspiring us!"
    -Yale Law

Marianne Schnall

Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer whose writings and interviews have appeared in a variety of media outlets including O magazine,, InStyle,,, the Women's Media Center, and many others. Schnall is the founder and Executive Director of, a leading women's web site and nonprofit organization. For nearly 20 years, has been fostering awareness, education, and activism for people all across the world.

Marianne's latest book is
What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power, featuring interviews with politicians, public officials, thought leaders, writers, artists, and activists in an attempt to discover the obstacles that have held women back and what needs to change in order to elect a woman into the White House. With insights and personal anecdotes from Sheryl Sandberg, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Nicholas Kristof, and many more, this book addresses timely, provocative issues involving women, politics, and power. With a broader goal of encouraging women and girls to be leaders in their lives, their communities, and the larger world, Schnall and her interviewees explore the changing paradigms occurring in politics and in our culture.

In addition to those Marianne has interviewed for her book, she has also interviewed notable figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Madeleine Albright, President Jimmy Carter, Arianna Huffington, Desmond Tutu, Meryl Streep, Deepak Chopra, Natalie Portman, Alec Baldwin and much more.

Through her writings, interviews, and websites, Marianne strives to raise awareness and inspire activism around important issues and causes.

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