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Daring to Be Ourselves:Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness, and Finding Your Own Voice Paperback – November 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598425323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598425321
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marianne Schnall has gathered up a provocative, soulful, and deeply helpful book of women, wisdom, and ways to move us all forward. It is a gift!!! --Eve Ensler

Daring to Be Ourselves is lovely and useful and true. --Alice Walker

Daring to Be Ourselves is a profoundly empowering book filled with quotes written by some of the most influential women of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, such as Jane Fonda, Cameron Diaz, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Portman, and many more. They all share opinions about issues of equality, caring for the earth, self-love, and words of wisdom to young girls.

I feel deeply fortunate to have had the chance to read this book. Women are constantly putting themselves down and trying too hard to be perfect, like the artificial women we see on glossy magazines. It's crucial for women to know that we don't need to duplicate those images we see in the media.

Marianne Schnall has produced a book that will not only empower young women, but make them see how amazing it is to be a woman. She shows us that with a little more self-confidence we too can be as strong and liberated as the women whom she quotes. --Lauren Kearney, Teen Voices

About the Author

Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer. She is also the founder of the women's website Feminist.com and cofounder of EcoMall.com, a website promoting environmentally-friendly living. Marianne has worked for many media outlets and publications. Her interviews with well-known individuals appear at Feminist.com as well as in publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, In Style, The Huffington Post, The Women's Media Center, and many others. Through her writings, interviews, and websites, Marianne strives to raise awareness and inspire activism around important issues and causes.

More About the Author

Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer whose writings and interviews have appeared in a variety of media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, TIME.com, In Style, CNN.com, EW.com, the Women's Media Center, and many others. Marianne is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post and a contributor to the nationally syndicated NPR radio show, 51 Percent: The Women's Perspective. Schnall is the founder and Executive Director of Feminist.com, a leading women's website and nonprofit organization. For nearly 20 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.

Marianne graduated from Cornell University in 1989 with a BA in English, and she is also a graduate of the Women's Media Center's Progressive Women's Voices media and leadership training program. She is the author of Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice. She was also a contributor to Robin Morgan's anthology, Sisterhood is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium.

Marianne's latest book is What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power, featuring 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, Olympia Snowe, 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.

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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Grufferman on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I knew about Marianne Schnall before buying this fantastic and powerful book. Her interviews with famous women often appear in Huffington Post and women's magazines. She is also the founder of feminist.com, a website devoted to the well-being, enrichment and empowerment of women.

This lovely, inspiring book, which I have already given to several women, including my own 13- and 16-year old daughters, is the culmination of years' worth of interviews Marianne had with some of the most accomplished, successful, and caring women in the world. She chose the most powerful quotes from her interviews, and grouped them into sections with chapters such as "Together, Women Are Strong," "What Message Would You Most Want to Instill in Girls?" and "Putting Ourselves First."

The women included in Daring to Be Ourselves are well-known and highly respected such as Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Cameron Diaz, Jane Fonda, Jane Goodall, and many others, and all are incredibly accomplished and active in many different fields and causes. These are women I want to hear from, and be connected to. Their unified message, told through this book, is clear and very powerful: Be fearless. Know who you are. Know that you are beautiful. And, one of the most important messages: stand together. Annie Lennox writes, "When women get together as a group, it is immensely powerful."

I loved this book from the moment I read the first page. It is a treasured compilation of beautiful thoughts, and I look forward to re-reading this it over and over again . . . and sharing it with as many women (and men) as I can.

Highly, highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manisha Thakor on December 5, 2010
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DARING TO BE OURSELVES is like dark chocolate for the brain... soothing, energizing, and decadent all at the same time. It is impossible to turn the pages of this delicious book and not find yourself sitting up taller - inspired by the wisdom, strength, and life experiences captured within. A sheer delight to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Biddulph on July 1, 2011
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I randomly came across this book in a local supermarket. The title/subtitle appealed to me, so I picked it up and bought it. I am so glad that I did! I've already ordered copies for my daughter and daughter-in-law.

This little collection of wisdom snippets by some well-known women from all walks of life is a quick and easy read, packed with inspiration, and something that every teenage girl and woman should read. It's one of those books to keep nearby, pick-up when you need a little boost, read a page or two, then come back to another day. I don't think I'll ever tire of browsing through it.

Just a few of the contributors are Jane Goodall, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Jane Fonda, Melissa Etheridge, Madeleine Albright, and Loung Ung. Some of the topics they comment on include Speaking Our Truth, Connecting With Nature, Your Wish For the Children of the World, The Wisdom of Other Generations, and We Are Beautiful Just the Way We Are and All Life Is Interconnected. How great is that?

I was so thankful for finding it, that I also wrote about it here: [...]
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perfect condition. Filled with inspiring quotes. Great to read a bit here and there or use for motivation and inspiration.
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