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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

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A debut from Forbes' third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women's empowerment.

For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Flatiron Books
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Carolyn That is a sad question. Here you have people who are trying to be transparent about what work they choose to do, funding it to a degree most of us…moreThat is a sad question. Here you have people who are trying to be transparent about what work they choose to do, funding it to a degree most of us could never equal, and how they go about it, and you're worried that they don't fit your idea of how they should look. Isn't that stereotyping? (less)
Meredith Yes, it is a brilliant and inspirational call to action for equality in our homes, the U.S., and around the world. Through stories of her own life and…moreYes, it is a brilliant and inspirational call to action for equality in our homes, the U.S., and around the world. Through stories of her own life and women around the world, Melinda Gates brings into focus issues, that if we solve, can help improve the lives of everyone around the world. It is required reading in my house, and I highly encourage everyone to read it. (less)

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Bill Gates
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would say this even if I weren’t married to the author: The Moment of Lift is a terrific read.

It is a wise, honest, and beautifully written book about how empowering women lifts up everyone. (None of that will be surprising to anyone who knows Melinda.) Although it took her about a year to write, in a way she has been working on it her whole life. The Moment of Lift is about the women who have inspired Melinda, starting with her own mother, through her colleagues at Microsoft, and continuing
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you invest in a girl or a woman, you’re investing in everyone else.

I did not realise the depth of philanthropy that Melinda Gates is invested in. She is seriously invested in the rights of women and making women more empowered around the world. She works tirelessly within her organisation the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I knew nothing of the work undertaken by this organisation, they certainly use their wealth for excellent means. Melinda travels around the world, stays with
Science (Fiction) Nerd Mario
Discriminating half of your population is a crime against humanity of such immense stupidity that hardly any words can be found to describe it. Next to the social and millionfold individual suffering, the scientific and economic damage is immense and countries lead by such deluded conservatives are immensely weakened. In a modern, equitable country simply everything would collapse if overnight a suddenly appearing dictatorship would disenfranchise all women.

There is often the old belief in
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-clubs

I’m embarrassed to say this is another book I wouldn’t have read except for my book club. And I would have missed out.

The moment of lift is that moment a rocket or plane takes off and leaves the ground. It’s also a moment of grace. As Gates uses the term, it combines those two definitions. It’s the moment that groups of women find ways to overcome their problems, whether it be keeping girls in school, delaying marriage for girls, providing contraceptives in isolated areas or preventing HIV in
Oct 23, 2019 added it
In the crazy way life sometimes goes these days I got to interview Melinda Gates about her new book. I'm really excited for you to all see it when it comes out (I think in January!). This book opened my eyes to a lot of things I just wasn't facing or thinking about but more than anything, learning about Bill and Melinda's lives, and their dedication to helping others, really made me think a lot about how we help other people and how much of a priority we should put on that.
Donna Hines
A woman on a mission to save other women from despair, poverty, and the ills that effect every aspect of society today.
It's a man's world and nothing has changed. Yet Melinda Gates is determined to weave a new pattern in this bundle of yarn one that will help those around the world get the help they deserve through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Empowerment! Validation! Assurances of a better life!
Sounds so cozy but can it be accomplished and I wonder can we start at home before going
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
For this book I need to make a whole new shelf called "abandoned with hatred and anger".
If you haven't heard that people and children die in Africa because of poverty, hunger no health care etc, and if you haven't heard that people in poor African countries have many children, who die under age of five, and you have no idea that in Africa they had no education, and you haven't heard about inexplicably rich people form western world, known as philanthropists, who go there and try to help those
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall: I loved this book and found it very inspiring. A very important read that touches on many key global health issues. The overall message of this book can be summarized as: When we lift up women and girls everywhere, it benefits us all. 4+/5 or 8/10
Highly recommend this to everyone but be warned to any that are sensitive to topics such as: rape, domestic violence, religious issues and contraception, child brides, and the sex trade.

Summary: Melinda Gates has actively been involved in
The Moment of Lift

I cannot say enough good things about this book. She is saying, advocating and calling to action with words that are persuasive to me and are hitting me right in the heart. Read this book.. She covers many of the ways women and underprivileged groups are pushed down throughout the world (throughout the ages!) and approaches that have been taken in the past and how the paths to the end goals have changed, because understanding of the needs and obstacles has increased. She calls
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Melinda Gates has a famous name and job, but who knows what she actually does? Running a foundation with assets exceeding that of many countries must carry enormous stresses, particularly for people who understand that injecting cash into a problem may actually make the problem grow. What courage it must take just to try.

This had to have been a hard book to write, what with a crushing schedule, children, and weighty responsibilities, to say nothing of the disparate and discrete problems of women
Kristy K
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, sociology, 2020
This book is truly about women empowerment. Gates acknowledges her own privilege and keeps the focus on the women that are often left in the margins. It is both inspirational and heartbreaking. I am so glad that there are people like Melinda Gates who make it their life’s work to help improve the life of the countless millions who’s voices are rarely heard.

One thing I love about this book is that Gates doesn’t paint herself as the savior. The women she talks about are the real heroes in their
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It is a book that tells the stories of women around the world and their struggles, and the things that have been done or need to be done to help empower them and lift them up. When women are more empowered, everybody benefits. So heartbreaking and encouraging to read these brave women's stories and see the changes that can happen. It makes me so angry how women all over the world are treated and how it is looked at as okay because it is the way it has always been.

Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A thought-provoking and inspiring book full of touching stories of women from around the world.

Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation authors this necessary call to action for women’s empowerment. For the past twenty years, Gates has been finding solutions to lift people out of poverty. Through her travels she has come to realized that to really lift a society up, you must invest in its women. She is driven by the belief that no one should be excluded, all lives have
Carol (Bookaria)
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2019
This book explores how educating and empowering women brings significant and positive change in communities around the world.

Melinda Gates describes her experiences and challenges but also the profound fulfillment that working in the foundation has brought to her life. I think this work is important and, even though, some of the stories were deeply sad we should still listen and explore how we can help from wherever we stand.

An inspiring and enlightening read.
Ying Ying
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The more I read, the more I got into the book. Chapters 5 and 9 are my favorite ones. In Chapter 5, I loved reading about Melinda's personal story with Bill and showed me what an equal partnership really means. Chapter 9 wraps up the book beautifully with much wisdom about people living in the margins and how we should face the pain and instead create a world of inclusion.

Below are the book passages that I took note of on OneNote, as I was reading the book.

Pg. 149: "Killian says, 'To be known
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

This book was around 3.5 stars for me.

While Melinda Gates is open about her faith and her experience and why she believes in supporting women I wish this book had dug deeper. There are powerful anecdotes about child brides and women who died in childbirth where Gates explained these are the experiences that moved her and even stories about her own marriage and how the Gates' discuss their
Jayne Gerdeman Homsher
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to say this book by Melinda Gates has grabbed my attention from start to finish. I cancelled my entire day to read her book cover to cover and then I sent her a message on Twitter. My senses of well being and support for other women have been encouraged in the right ways from this book. I have always tried to inspire women of all ages to get involved in working in science, and technologies that are coming to the marketplace. I only wish I could do even more well this book really drives it ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
/5 - LADIES AND GENTLEMEN this is a must-read Gates opened my eyes to a whole other side of women empowerment She adressed a lot of different issues, many that seem forgotten in today’s society - there’s a particular focus on developing countries and on her and Bill’s foundation. She’s clearly educated and passionate about her work but her tone is very down-to-earth, which I loved. A lot of what she said resonated with me and I think this is exactly what its intended to be - educational, ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
I've known for years that Melinda Gates is an inspiring philanthropist who has worked mostly behind the scenes. This book brings her into the spotlight and focuses on her investment in women across the globe; giving them access to contraceptives and education while lifting their voices to create equality and opportunities to advance their lives.

Gates strongly believes in a woman's choice to decide whether and when to have children and even speaks candidly about her own use of contraception to
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. EVERYONE.
Melinda Gates sets thoughtful, wise, and poignant agendas to promote inclusion and dissipate factions in humanity.
She learned that what appeared to be the answers to a problem weren't always appreciated by the people affected who, obviously, knew more about the situation and what was needed. So, she listened and worked at changing programs of assistance to actually benefit someone. (Condoms are not the answer to STDs and childhood poverty if the women
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started Moment of Lift and almost set it aside. The first chapter felt disorganized and flaky. I'm reading this with my mother and her reading group, so I was a bit more motivated to continue.

Having continued, however, I think my initial reaction stemmed from bias. I am an Apple not a PC fan. I'm skeptical of do-gooder billionaires. I won't back off my Apple bias, but being a billionaire doesn't mean that one cannot also have excellent ideas.

Melinda Gates wrote about her Foundation's global
Chris Roberts
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Joan of Arc spit on her death proclamation at the stake. That is empowerment. Tell me when you can be that Joan ladies.

We will not see the likes of Joan again in the history of this dying, dead earth.

So we know. Mother Theresa wore a habit and drank donkey milk. What saint?

Joan of Arc,
I love you crazy days higher,
I have for you a bouquet of shimmering nights skies.

Joan of Arc slew the English at 17,
she didn't wear pink, she wore entrails,
at 19, she gouged out a guard's eye at the stake.

* I
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book has some powerful and compelling stories of women around the world desperately trying not only to survive but to provide a better life for their children against insurmountable odds. It also does a good job of highlighting some of the work of the Gates foundation, as well, as finding common ground with the work of Rosling and Brene Brown.

Nonetheless, I struggle with the tone and voice of this book. Why? It’s preachy. I can totally get behind the premise of this book. If we want to
Renégade ♥
5 stars

And most of us fall into one of the same three groups: the people who try to create outsiders, the people who are made to feel like outsiders, and the people who stand by and don't stop it.

Anyone can be made to feel like an outsider. It’s up to the people who have the power to exclude. Often it’s on the basis of race. Depending on a culture’s fears and biases, Jews can be treated as outsiders. Muslims can be treated as outsiders. Christians can be treated as outsiders. The poor are always
J. April
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rounding up from 3.5. I received a free advanced reader copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

Gates's basic argument in this book is that in order to lift up the world and end a host of systemic tragedies - including infant and child death, malnourishment, culturally-sanctioned abuse, and generational poverty - we must also (or perhaps first) lift up women. Through chapters focused on a range of world-wide social issues, Gates examines the problems at hand and shares stories of ways
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
When these barriers are broken and opportunities open up, they not only lift women out of poverty; they can elevate women to equality with men in every culture and every level of society. No other single change can do more to improve the state of the world. — Melinda Gates, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
Heartbreaking, inspiring, and powerful — one of “My Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2019,” highly anticipated, long-awaited debut from Melinda Gates, “The Moment
Apr 26, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: audio, own, nonfiction
Just over halfway through, and I am enjoying it. I was inherently interested in what her perspective might be, since she is so uniquely informed and positioned to speak on global health and welfare issues as well as what drives the wealthy to charity. In that sense, whatever she says will be interesting.

Which is good, because this is not a gripping tale. She's informative, includes personal stories, and shares inspiring stories from others. However, this book would hardly carry the same weight
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the most important book I have listened to this year. The author narrates, and I highly recommend listening to her passion, conviction, intelligence, empathy, and just plain sanity that we all need so much nowadays.

Melinda Gates puts forth her work helping the poorest in the world and the lessons she learned while traveling and talking to them. They set out to lift the most marginalized - and found that almost everything they delved into led them to women. Women are the poorest, most
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I took so long reading this book because I was reading on my 30 minute lunch breaks at work and honestly this book needs and deserves more time and attention than 30 minutes at a time.
The beginning of the book is why I didn't give the 5 stars. It seemed repetitive and rambling, but I pushed through and Melinda really found her flow about a quarter of the way through. From there on this book took up a lot of my free thinking-time and I realized this is and will be a very important book, for
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bill Gates said he’d be saying this is a terrific book even if he weren’t married to the author. I get it. This book was terrific.

After having the pleasure of hearing her speak at Penn, I couldn’t put the book down. I learned so much about the power of empowering women. What really stood out to me was how seemingly unrelated topics are actually related (ie why family planning and contraceptives is so important for lifting up women) and how she tries to address the roots, not the symptoms of
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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 the world’s largest philanthropy. She is also the founder of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company working to drive social progress for women and families in the United States.

“Every society says its outsiders are the problem. But the outsiders are not the problem; the urge to create outsiders is the problem. Overcoming that urge is our greatest challenge and our greatest promise. It will take courage and insight, because the people we push to the margins are the ones who trigger in us the feelings we're afraid of.” 46 likes
“As women gain rights, families flourish, and so do societies. That connection is built on a simple truth: Whenever you include a group that's been excluded, you benefit everyone. And when you're working globally to include women and girls, who are half of every population, you're working to benefit all members of every community. Gender equity lifts everyone. Women's rights and society's health and wealth rise together.” 33 likes
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