Posted on LinkedIn Influencers on November 20, 2013
In 2008, amid the historic election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, Marianne Schnall’s eight year old daughter asked her mom a question: “Why haven’t we ever had a woman president?” It’s a fair question. Countries all over the world have or have had female leaders, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iceland, Ukraine, Norway, Liberia, Thailand, Argentina, Peru, and Denmark, and therefore it makes sense that a little girl in the United States would want to know why her country has never elected a woman for its leader. This question prompted Schnall to take a good look at the issue, and to delve deep into the myriad of reasons why a woman has never been the President of the United States. Her research has produced a book, titled What Will It Take To Make A Woman President?, and it was released earlier this week on November 5th, a timely date given that it coincided with a day of elections for many Americans.
An accomplished writer and interviewer, Schnall is no stranger to the challenges facing women today, as she is the founder and Executive Director of Feminist.com, one of the web’s leading sites for women. Acting as a resource guide and informational tool to help promote awareness, educate, and advocate for women worldwide, Feminist.com began…
I had the honor of speaking at the first annual Women ARE Inaugural Summit in Los Angeles on November 7th. This unique women’s initiative brought together a room full of incredible women both in the audience and up on stage. Women ARE was founded in 2012 by Beth Friedman and Angella Nazarian, two amazing women with a passion for community building!
Beth is dedicated to improving the future for women and children and she serves on many boards and advisory boards with that purpose. Angella is the best selling author of “Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World” and “Life as Visitor” and is a speaker on women’s issues. Both women were absolutely fabulous!
The day featured speakers and content in multiple issue areas including business, philanthropy, entertainment and health. There was even an astrophysicist talking about black holes! Featured speakers included Wallis Anneberg ( philanthropist) , Sharon Stone (actor), Chelsea Handler (writer/comedian) , Thea Andrews (media personality), Willow Bay (news), Mary Hart (media personality) , Sela Ward (actor), Cathy Opie (photographer), Lauren Shuler Donner ( MAJOR Film Producer), and many many more!
I spoke on a panel with Abigail Disney (filmmaker) and Nancy Aossey ( International Medical Corps) that was moderated by he most wonderful, brilliant and recently engaged Penny Abeywarden (Clinton Global Initiative). We each talked a little bit about our personal story and connected in to the work we are doing now. What I hoped to leave…