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Marianne Schnall
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Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer. She is also the founder and executive director of the women's website and non-profit organization, and cofounder of, a website promoting environmentally-friendly living. Marianne's writings and interviews have been featured in national publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, In Style,,, the Women's Media Center, Psychology Today, and many others. Marianne is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post and a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated NPR radio show, 51% The Women’s Perspective.

Marianne is the author of Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice based on her interviews with a variety of well-known women.

Marianne's new book is What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power. You can visit her website at

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

Entries by Marianne Schnall

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 1:11 PM


Like the rest of the world, I was so sad to hear about the passing of the brilliant and legendary Maya Angelou this week. I truly feel we have lost one of the most inspiring and incredible people on this earth. My whole...

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

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:57 AM

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. He has authored 28 books...

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Celebrating Gloria Steinem's 80th Birthday

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 1:26 PM

On March 25th, renowned writer, activist and global feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who last year received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award for her enormous contributions to society, will celebrate her 80th birthday. I was an insecure and confused high school student when I first became aware of...

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 10:27 AM

Jane Fonda is well known as an Oscar- and Emmy-award winning actress and for her best-selling books and exercise videos, as well as for her activism around a variety of issues, such as co-founding the Women's Media Center. What you may not know, is that Fonda also has...

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Million Dollar Challenge Transforms Businesses Through Service

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 7:20 AM

If you and your colleagues are feeling motivated to do more to produce positive change in the world or help those in need but don't know where to go, what to do, or how to start, participating in the Super Service Challenge may be your answer. The Super Service Challenge...

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Controversial Hillary Cover of TIME Illuminates Sexism in the Media

(18) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 4:28 PM

There has been a loud and vocal online reaction over the TIME Magazine cover on Hillary Clinton's possible presidential run. The cover features a picture of a woman's leg in a pantsuit with a miniature man hanging from the tip of her high heel with the headline "Can...

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

(64) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 7:57 AM

"Why haven't we ever had a woman president?" When my eight-year-old daughter posed this seemingly simple question to me, I--despite my many years of writing about gender issues and running a women's non-profit organization--found it somewhat difficult to answer. Her question is a good one. Many other nations have elected...

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'Growing and Giving': An Interview With Tony Robbins

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 7:50 AM


You may know of Tony Robbins as the high-energy speaker and best-selling author who awakens people into their own personal power to achieve their life goals. During his sold-out events all around the world, Tony is known for his "tough love"...

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Getting Motivated With Tory Johnson

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 8:33 AM

Tory Johnson offers valuable tips on her "Deals and Steals" television segment on ABC's Good Morning America as well as tool and strategies to female entrepreneurs through her two businesses empowering women in the workplace. In her New York Times best-selling new book, The Shift, she offers her perspective...

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Exclusive Interview With Ram Dass

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 12:24 PM


You know it's a special birthday that you will always remember when you have a world-renowned spiritual leader like Ram Dass sing you Happy Birthday by Skype. But that is exactly what happened to me last week at the beginning of our interview...

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

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 9:39 AM


Deepak Chopra has a simple life strategy, as he calls it, "I go with the flow." As the author of more than 65 books and the co-founder of The Chopra Center for Well Being, Dr. Chopra is both a world renowned expert...

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Exclusive Interview With Maya Angelou on Her New Book, Mom & Me & Mom

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 9:23 AM

Legendary poet, writer and performer Dr. Maya Angelou has shared details of her extraordinary life in her many best-selling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In her latest book, Mom & Me & Mom, she shares the story of the most influential...

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

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 12:09 PM

In today's modern world, we sometimes feel like a hamster on a wheel, going round and round through the non-stop responsibilities that run our lives. And then, when we stop, we are often tempted to spend our breaks "relaxing" on our electronics, taking in the latest techno-reality: news, tweets, texts,...

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Interview with Eve Ensler: In The Body of the World

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 4:33 PM

Playwright, author and activist Eve Ensler is not someone who appears to get easily daunted by large challenges. After all, only just a few months ago, Eve and her organization V-Day launched One Billion Rising, which became the largest global action campaign in history aimed at...

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

(229) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 10:21 AM


Many of us remember Sir Patrick Stewart on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the heroic Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise whose mission was to explore the galaxies. In real life, the dynamic 72-year-old acclaimed actor and activist has taken on his...

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Exclusive: Melinda Gates on Family Planning and Changing the World

(42) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 8:37 AM

Melinda Gates at London Summit on Family Planning

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...

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Marianne Williamson on Consciousness, Women and Politics

(9) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 1:35 PM


Some of us may be feeling a collective national hangover after a divisive and emotionally exhausting election season. In the aftermath, it seems a fertile time for reflection and conversation, and hopefully, change. On Election Day eve, I was fortunate to have an illuminating...

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Influential Women Speak Out on the Election

(140) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 11:10 PM

Featuring remarks from Isabel Allende, Joan Blades, Martha Burk, Eve Ensler, Gloria Feldt, Kim Gandy, Kirsten Gillibrand, Carol Jenkins, Shelby Knox, Elizabeth Lesser, Lisa Ling, Courtney Martin, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Kathy Najimy, Nancy Pelosi, Ai-Jen Poo, Amy Richards, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Gloria Steinem, Barbra Streisand, Loung Ung, Rebecca...

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Exclusive: Interview With Oprah About Her School for Girls

(83) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 10:33 AM


Oprah Winfrey has celebrated many impressive milestones and accomplishments in her lifetime as a media icon as well as as a humanitarian and philanthropist. But one of the achievements that is clearly closest to her heart is founding the Oprah...

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Tony Robbins Sets the Record Straight About Fire Walk 'Controversy'

(32) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 1:35 PM

A few months ago, I was introduced to the work of best-selling author and life coach Tony Robbins while writing about Oprah's 5,000-person live "Lifeclass" at Radio City Music Hall for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Robbins was appearing as...
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