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Marianne Schnall

Marianne Schnall

Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer whose work has appeared in a variety of media outlets such as The Huffington Post; the Women’s Media Center; CNN.com; O, The Oprah Magazine; Glamour; In Style; Ms. Magazine; EW.com; Psychology Today; and a variety of others. She is the author of Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice.

Schnall’s new book is What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership & Power, featuring interviews with politicians, public officials, thought leaders, writers, artists, and activists including Sheryl Sandberg, Nancy Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Nicholas Kristof, Melissa Etheridge, Anita Hill, Jessica Valenti, Olympia Snowe, and many more.

Schnall is a graduate of the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices media and leadership training program. She does a regular radio commentary for WAMC’s nationally syndicated show “51%: The Women’s Perspective,” which is carried nationally on NPR, ABC, and Armed Forces Radio stations. She was a contributor to Robin Morgan’s anthology Sisterhood is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for a New Millennium.

Schnall is the founder and Executive Director of Feminist.com, a leading women’s website and nonprofit organization. For over fifteen years, Feminist.com has been fostering awareness, education, and activism for people all across the world. She is also the cofounder of EcoMall.com, one of the oldest environmental websites promoting earth-friendly living. Through her writings, interviews, and websites, Schnall strives to raise awareness and inspire activism around important issues and causes.

Marianne Schnall is a WMC SheSource expert on Environment, Humanitarian, Media and Entertainment, Social Justice, Technology and Science.

Articles

Featured Columns

Honoring Game Changers at the Women’s Media Awards

Honoring Game Changers at the Women’s Media Awards

October 23, 2013

More than 400 people gathered in New York to honor and celebrate women who are making themselves and other women visible and powerful in media. More »

Strike, Dance! Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising

Strike, Dance! Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising

February 1, 2013

On February 14, V-Day's Eve Ensler calls on "one billion women and those who love them" to rise up to confront violence against women. More »

WMC Award Winners Assess Media Progress

WMC Award Winners Assess Media Progress

November 20, 2012

Last week's awards ceremony in New York City celebrated women making a difference in the media. Marianne Schnall asked award winners how they achieved personal success and what it would take to improve women's overall status. More »

“I Am Neda”—Beyond the Icon

“I Am Neda”—Beyond the Icon

October 29, 2012

The author, founder of Feminist.com, interviews the first-time filmmaker who is winning awards for her documentary on the woman whose death on the streets of Tehran helped kindle Iran's democracy movement. More »

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network

May 15, 2012

OWN President Sheri Salata is optimistic about the direction Winfrey has chosen for her network, and about the potential of multi-platform programming. More »

Giving Women’s History a Home

Giving Women’s History a Home

March 5, 2012

Perhaps this year's Women's History Month will mark the success of a push for a National Women's History Museum, a campaign that has built up an impressive history of its own. More »

Hillary Clinton Launches Public Service Initiative

Hillary Clinton Launches Public Service Initiative

February 6, 2012

Working with the nation’s top women’s liberal arts colleges, Secretary of State Clinton hopes to harness the potential of women around the world to strengthen leadership in both government and civil society. More »

Letting Girls Be Girls—A Global Campaign

Letting Girls Be Girls—A Global Campaign

January 25, 2012

This week in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum will highlight a drive by The Elders to end the practice of child marriage. More »

Media Heroes Recognized

Media Heroes Recognized

December 4, 2011

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. More »

“Miss Representation”—Poised to Advance a Media Movement

“Miss Representation”—Poised to Advance a Media Movement

October 20, 2011

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. More »

Senator Gillibrand's Call to Action

Senator Gillibrand's Call to Action

October 11, 2011

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. More »

Peace Laureates Take On the War on Women

Peace Laureates Take On the War on Women

June 13, 2011

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. More »

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

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

March 7, 2011

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. More »

Maria Shriver Takes On Alzheimer’s Advocacy

August 16, 2010

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. Reflecting on an interview with Shriver, author and Feminist.com founder Marianne Schnall explores the personal stories and experiences behind Shriver’s decision. More »

Shining a Light Under the Veil

Shining a Light Under the Veil

May 10, 2010

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. More »

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

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

March 3, 2010

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. More »

Eve Ensler’s Mission: Awaken the Girl Self

Eve Ensler’s Mission: Awaken the Girl Self

February 9, 2010

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. More »

Blog

From Media Blitz to Women’s Conference: Has Maria Shriver Discerned a Watershed Moment?

October 26, 2009

A Time magazine cover story and a week of programming on NBC immediately followed the release of The Shriver Report. This week, California’s First Lady will use the findings to engage participants in her annual conference on women. If the continuing activity fails to “ignite a national conversation,” it won’t be for lack of planning and effort. More »

Communicating with Jane Fonda

March 27, 2009

Not content merely to speak to her Broadway audience eight times a week through a critically acclaimed performance, Jane Fonda is blogging daily and twittering nightly. She finds herself hooked on the instant feedback. More »

Turning Pain to Power

February 2, 2009

Women and girls in eastern Congo suffer sexual atrocities that are tactics of war in the region. Playwright Eve Ensler has joined with Dr. Denis Mukwege to ask us to imagine the unimaginable, to empathize and join together to end the terror. More »

From Superdome to SUPERLOVE—V-Day at 10

January 30, 2008

Hillary, Condi, Aung San Suu Kyi and You

October 1, 2007