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Daring To Be Ourselves – Book Giveaway!

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Daring To Be Ourselves – Book Giveaway!

Over the course of my career as a freelance journalist, I have had the great pleasure and privilege of talking to many of the world’s most interesting and influential women, from actresses to activists, comediennes to poets, recording artists to Nobel Laureates. In my new book, Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice, I decided to bring together some of the most inspiring and empowering quotes from these interviews, broken into topical spreads and addressing a range of issues like equality, overcoming adversity, aging, beauty, finding balance and being more connected to the earth. My hope is that the book conveys the important message that when we dare to be ourselves — when we embrace our power, speak our truth, and believe in our dreams — we can change the world. The following excerpts are a sampling of some of the amazing women, themes and reflections featured in the book.

Leave a comment for a chance the win a copy of Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice.

Together, Women Are Strong

If we’re by ourselves we come to feel crazy and alone. We need to make alternate families of small groups of women who support each other, talk to each other regularly, can speak their truths and their experiences and find they’re not alone in them, that other women have them, too… It makes such a huge difference.
– Gloria Steinem

Sisters: talk to each other, be connected and informed, form women’s circles, share your stories, work together, and take risks. Together we are invincible.
– Isabel Allende

What Message Would You Most Want to Instill in Young Girls?

You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.
– Melissa Etheridge

We need to help them really internalize the message that good enough is good enough. We don’t need to be perfect. We’re not supposed to be perfect; we’re supposed to be complete. And you can’t be complete if you’re trying to be perfect.
– Jane Fonda

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Marianne Schnall

Marianne Schnall is the founder of, a leading womenís website and nonprofit organization, and the cofounder of, a website promoting earth-friendly living. She is the author of Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice.Through her writings, interviews, and websites, Marianne strives to raise awareness and inspire activism. For more information, visit and


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6:00AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

thank you for this article

8:52AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

thank you

6:39PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Women have an inner strength of which men will never comprehend.The strength is there inside,all we need do is reach for it in times of trial.

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10:32PM PDT on May 12, 2011

thanks for sharing

3:05PM PDT on May 5, 2011

Love quotes ... Sounds like a great read. Would also make an excellent present to give my girlfriends. Thnx ... will check it out. :)

2:39PM PDT on May 5, 2011

go girls...

6:56AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

i love reading and love inspiring quotes!!! :) i give my friends quotes everyday on their facebook

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