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Marianne Schnall; O, The Oprah Magazine,, NPR

Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer. She is also the founder and Executive Director of, a leading women’s web site and non-profit organization. For over fifteen years, has been fostering awareness, education, and activism for people all across the world. Marianne is also the cofounder of, one of the oldest environmental websites promoting earth­-friendly living.

Marianne has worked for many media outlets and publications. Her interviews with well­ known individuals appear at as well as in publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post,, the Women’s Media Center, and many others. Marianne does a regular radio commentary for WAMC’s nationally syndicated show “51% The Women’s Perspective,” which is carried nationally on NPR.

Marianne graduated from Cornell University in 1989 with a BA in English and is also a graduate of the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices media and leadership training. She also consults regularly with non­profits and activists on optimizing their online presence. Marianne was a contributor to Robin Morgan’s anthology Sisterhood is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for a New Millennium, co­ writing (with Amy Richards) the chapter titled “Cyberfeminism: Networking on the Net.”

She 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, What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership & Power, features interviews with politicians, public officials, thought leaders, writers, artists, and activists including Sheryl Sandberg, Nancy Pelosi, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nicholas Kristof, Melissa Etheridge, Olympia Snowe and many more.

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


“Skidmore Women in Business is a new student organization at Skidmore College. The organization recently had the honor of hosting Marianne Schnall as its first speaker. For our event, she specifically tailored her speech around not only our organization’s mission, but also around the personal interests of our organization’s leaders and its members, making her lecture incredibly intimate and impactful. Her willingness to share her experiences and passions with us – both personally and from behind the podium – helped to enrich our community’s conversation about women and leadership.”
Lyssa Jackson, Co-President and Founder, Skidmore Women in Business

“Marianne Schnall dazzled our students this year in her discussion of her book, “What Will It Take to Make A Woman President”. Her inspiring, energizing and dynamic presentation left us all thinking yes!, we now have a roadmap to get us to the place of the possible: to finally elect a woman to the United States Presidency.”
Patricia Russo, Executive Director, Women’s Campaign School at Yale

“Marianne Schnall’s visit to Roger Williams University inspired critical campus dialogue about women and leadership in the United States. Her visit took place amidst an exciting Presidential Primary race in which three women were seeking nomination by their political party to run for the Presidency. It was exciting to have the opportunity to talk with her about her work, and about her most recent book, What Will it Take to Make a Woman President?, in a political climate that may yield our first woman President. In addition to asking important questions about the relationship between women and power, students were also encouraged to think about the economic, social, and political factors that disempower women, making them scarce at the top ranks of politics, business, and the media. Her knowledge and experience are broadly relevant to a variety of disciplines, which made her an ideal candidate to bring people together in conversation across academic departments and student life communities.”
Laura Mattoon D’Amore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of American Studies
Program Coordinator for Gender and Sexuality Studies
Roger Williams University

“Thank you thank you thank you 3 times. The WIL class absolutely loved you! I wasn’t in the room the entire conversation, but the buzz afterwards was huge!”
Julie Schroeder, Women’s Initiative in Leadership, Harvard University

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