When you need a dose of female empowerment, look no further than Marianne Schnall’s new book, Leading the Way: Inspiring Words for Women on How to Live and Lead with Courage, Confidence, and Authenticity. The title, which was released in October, features interviews with a whole range of dynamic women—from Oprah and Gloria Steinem to Arianna Huffington and Sheryl Sandberg to Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington, among so many others. “I feel honored to have acted as a conduit and channel for so much incredible wisdom,” says the veteran journalist and author.
And for the tweens and teens in your life, you can gift the companion book, Dare to Be You: Inspirational Advice for Girls on Finding Your Voice, Leading Fearlessly, and Making a Difference. “Even though there is much in Leading the Way that is relevant for girls too, I felt like I needed a separate book for girls since Dare to Be You more specifically covers issues and themes that girls might be thinking about or struggling with,” says Schnall. Girls, she adds, “are just beginning to craft their sense of self and need to hear that they should honor their true voice, embrace who they are, know that they can be leaders, believe in their potential and dreams, not to seek outside approval from others, and most importantly, trust themselves.”