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“I would love for my younger fans to read What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? by Marianne Schnall. It’s a collection of interviews and essays by great women, including Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and Melissa Etheridge. They will inspire you to become a better leader.” —Beyoncé

Prompted by a question from her eight-year-old daughter during the 2008 election of Barack Obama—“Why haven’t we ever had a woman president?”—Marianne Schnall set out on a journey to find the answer. A widely published writer, author, and interviewer, and the Executive Director of, Schnall began looking at the issues from various angles and perspectives, gathering viewpoints from influential people from all sectors.

What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power features interviews with politicians, public officials, thought leaders, writers, artists, and activists in an attempt to discover the obstacles that have held women back and what needs to change in order to elect a woman into the White House.

With insights and personal anecdotes from Sheryl Sandberg, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Nicholas Kristof, Melissa Etheridge, and many more, this book addresses timely, provocative issues involving women, politics, and power. With a broader goal of encouraging women and girls to be leaders in their lives, their communities, and the larger world, Schnall and her interviewees explore the changing paradigms occurring in politics and in our culture with the hope of moving toward meaningful and effective solutions—and a world where a woman can be president.

“Intriguing interviews exploring the role of women in American political leadership. . . . Barack Obama smashed down one long-closed door in 2008. This book makes a compelling case for another shattering of barriers sooner rather than later.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Ana Navarro, political strategist and commentator
Anita Hill, attorney and academic
Don McPherson, NFL veteran, social activist
Donna Brazile, author, academic, political analyst, and Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Delegate to the United States Congress representing the District of Columbia
Elizabeth Lesser, author and co-founder of Omega Institute
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
Gloria Steinem, journalist and feminist activist
Governor Mary Fallin, governor of Oklahoma and former US Representative
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, actor and documentary filmmaker
Jessica Valenti, feminist writer and founder of
Joy Behar, comedian, writer, actor, and former co-host of ABC’s The View
Kathy Najimy, actor, writer, activist
Kay Bailey Hutchison, former US Senator from Texas
Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator from New York

Marianne Williamson, New York Times best-selling author
Marie Wilson, author and founder of The White House Project
Maya Angelou, author and poet
Melissa Etheridge, singer-songwriter and activist
Melissa Harris-Perry, author, television host, and political commentator
Michael Kimmel, sociologist and academic
Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and former Speaker of the House
Nicholas Kristof, journalist, author, and Pulitzer Prize winner
Olympia Snowe, former US Senator from Maine
Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media
Senator Barbara Lee, US Representative for California's 13th congressional district
Senator Claire McCaskill, US Senator from Missouri
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Soledad O'Brien, broadcast journalist

Plus 19 bonus interviews only available in the ebook edition.

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