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Backgrounder

“What Will it Take to Make a Woman President?”
Inspired by her eight-year-old daughter’s question—“Why haven’t we had a woman president?”—Schnall set out to find the answer. She began approaching these issues from various angles while gathering insight and interviews from politicians, influential government figures, artists, writers, and activists.

In her discoveries, she attempts to understand the obstacles preventing woman from becoming president. Additionally she addresses how society has to change in order to elect a woman as president. What Will it Take to Make a Woman President offers insights and interviews from Sheryl Sandbert, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem and many more. Schnall’s book examines provocative issues regarding women in politics and positions of power. Her broader goal is encouraging women to be activists and leaders in their family, community, lives and the world. Overall there is hope of moving toward an effective and meaningful solution—a world in which a woman can be president. 

Feminist groups at Roger Williams University
Several of Roger Williams University’s schools and activity centers are supporting this event, including the Women’s Center. The Women’s Center at Roger Williams University is one of the only outlets provided to students to engage in feminist discussion while examining current issues women are facing. They provide students with the platform to lead discussions, campaigns, and programs on campus including—“The Vagina Monologues,” which raises money to end violence against women and girls.

Marianne Schnall
Marianne Schnall is a widely acclaimed and published writer whose work has appeared in In Style, CNN.com, TIME.com, and O, The Oprah Magazine, to name a few. Additionally, she is a featured blogger for The Huffington Post and a contributor to the NPR radio show, 51 Percent: The Women’s Perspective. For nearly 20 years she has been the founder and executive director of Feminist.com, a leading feminist and woman’s website as well as nonprofit organization geared toward empowering women and inspiring conversation. Schnall is also the co-founder EcoMall.com, an environmentalist website that promotes an earth-friendly lifestyle.

Marianne received her BA in English from Cornell University in 1989. Schnall also graduated from the Women’s Media Center’s training program, Progressive Woman’s Voices media and leadership.

Throughout her career she has written several books including Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice, as well as her latest book What Will it Take to Make a Woman President. Marianne strives to empower women, raise awareness, and inspire activism.

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