Marietje Schaake grew up in the Dutch city of Leiden.
She completed her university studies in liberal arts in the US, and then later studied sociology, American studies and new media in the Netherlands. In 2007 she received the Barney Karbank Memorial Award for outstanding leadership on the issue of human rights. She is a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. Marietje Schaake is known to be the most active tweeter among all MEPs.

When I lost my job, I was desperate. But then out of the blue, I received an invitation from the library to a programme known as ‘Walk and Talk’. I had no idea what to expect, but I decided to attend anyway.

It was an eye-opening experience. Walk and Talk is about talking to other people, sharing experiences. It helped me gain confidence. The Walk and Talk team helped me prepare a two-minute pitch for practicing job interviews. They helped me big time.

By practicing my pitch and improving my resume, I walked into my interview feeling like I could take on the world. And it worked.

I found a job thanks to the library.