The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

by Melinda Gates
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

by Melinda Gates

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“In her book, Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she’s met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention—from child marriage to gender inequity in the workplace.” — President Barack Obama

“The Moment of Lift is an urgent call to courage. It changed how I think about myself, my family, my work, and what’s possible in the world. Melinda weaves together vulnerable, brave storytelling and compelling data to make this one of those rare books that you carry in your heart and mind long after the last page.” — Brené Brown, Ph.D., author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Dare to Lead

“Melinda Gates has spent many years working with women around the world. This book is an urgent manifesto for an equal society where women are valued and recognized in all spheres of life. Most of all, it is a call for unity, inclusion and connection. We need this message more than ever.” — Malala Yousafzai

"Melinda Gates's book is a lesson in listening. A powerful, poignant, and ultimately humble call to arms." — Tara Westover, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Educated

A debut from Melinda French Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women's empowerment.


“How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings – and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.”

For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down.

In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, “That is why I had to write this book—to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.”

Melinda’s unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention—from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and finding her voice. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world—and ourselves.

Writing with emotion, candor, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another.

When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250257727
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 01/12/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 58,791
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. As the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda sets the direction and priorities of one of the world’s largest philanthropies. In 2015, Melinda founded Pivotal Ventures, a company working to accelerate the pace of social progress in the United States. Melinda is also the author of the bestselling book, The Moment of Lift.

Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics and an MBA, both from Duke University. Melinda spent the first decade of her career developing multimedia products at Microsoft before leaving the company to focus on her family and philanthropic work. She has three children — Jenn, Rory, and Phoebe — and lives in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Lift of a Great Idea
2. Empowering Mothers: Maternal and Newborn Health
3. Every Good Thing: Family Planning
4. Lifting Their Eyes: Girls in Schools
5. The Silent Inequality: Unpaid Work
6. When a Girl Has No Voice: Child Marriage
7. Seeing Gender Bias: Women in Agriculture
8. Creating a New Culture: Women in the Workplace
9. Let Your Heart Break: The Lift of Coming Together
Epilogue

Acknowledgements
Resource Guide of Organizations That Readers Can Support

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