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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,659 ratings  ·  226 reviews
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 journ
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Flatiron Books (first published April 2019)
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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)
Brianna Soloski While I agree that there does need to be more diversity among boards and leadership teams, that is 100% not what this is about with this book. Melinda…moreWhile I agree that there does need to be more diversity among boards and leadership teams, that is 100% not what this is about with this book. Melinda Gates is doing what more people in the nonprofit world should do: be transparent about the work she's doing while recognizing that the work is never done.

I've worked in the nonprofit world for about five years now and I am always looking to do more, to give back, to use my privilege to help those who need the support far more than I do.(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 t
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 famili
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 abr
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 domes
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
Apr 26, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: nonfiction, own, audio
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
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
Kathryn Speckels
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Awesome book, super important message, told in a compulsively readable way. At times, it felt a little preachy, and at others like it was just needlessly repeating itself, hence the four stars...but as a whole, definitely a title worth reading. (Hopefully I will expand this review in the next couple days--sorry, y'all, I'm just super behind on reviews!)
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 po
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 tha
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 pro
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  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 wome
Laurie May
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“If you want to lift up humanity, empower women.” This is the insight that Melinda Gates shares so powerfully in her new book. Backed up by statistical research and her own personal experiences, the author presents a powerful argument for social change, from third world countries to the American workplace.

The Moment of Lift came into my hands at a most opportune time. I had just returned from a trip to some of the poorest areas of the Dominican Republic, where I was able to see firsthand the st
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 sp
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to recommend this book to everyone I know. I had it come through on my library recommendations, but I hesitated to start it, fearing it would be dry and preachy. I found just the opposite to be true. This book was full of stories of Ms. Gates' experiences with women all around the world, but also included personal stories. The theme was empowering women, and bringing in and empowering all marginalized groups, and helping them find their voice. Often the ideas would challenge some habitual ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Inspirational and informative. The stories she tells of the people she has met around the world are very moving. I cried reading about child brides, and I was mad reading about efforts to de-fund contraception in the US.

Melinda Gates is impressive, and a powerful voice for women and children around the world. I've long been interested in the Gates Foundation, and impressed that mega rich people would donate their lives and fortunes and use their business experience towards eradicating poverty.
Mary Anne Shew
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book because I didn’t know what to expect from Melinda Gates, about whom the only thing I knew was she worked at Microsoft and married Bill. The way I found out about the book was via her husband’s blog, which I enjoy. As you’ll find out in the book, Melinda never wanted the spotlight to turn from Bill to her, which is understandable because of what media scrutiny means today. Then her work in the foundation she runs with Bill forced the issue because her v ...more
Enda Hackett
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The beauty of awareness is a powerfull thing. And contained within each page of this book is a female conscience that us men are often aware, but ignorant and suppressive of! I thank Melinda for bringing to light the issues contained within the book by helping us connect through the ancient art of relevant and engaging storeytelling. I hope this book is read by the masses both female and male.
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wish I could give this book 10 stars.
Ye Lin Aung
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
This is the book that opens my eyes for much of the struggles of women, the noble work The Gates Foundation is doing all over the world and most importantly, the progress!
I was not sure about all of these before I read this book. I was not sure why we need contraceptive pills for women, how important they are, especially in the poorer countries.
I also learned about the child arranged marriage, how horrible it is and how the community managed to change those traditions.
Overall, it has been an ins
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every human should read this book.
Hemalathaa Subramanian
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deeply humbled by the book! The stories about marginal groups and the efforts that the Gates Foundation has put in to make the world a better place goes beyond measure. The book talks about feminism all around the globe and not just for educated and other privileged groups. Really appreciate the perspective of empathy and compassion as a path to gender equality. This often gets shadowed by telling women to be merely more strong and assertive.
Brian Kagimu
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: transformational
A good book about the need for an equal partnership between the men and women.
Terri ducay
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always insightful to read about a person who is charging ahead to make a positive difference in the world. Belinda writes a clear story of how she began her philanthropic work, the challenges she faced and faces, and her findings into how helping women in the world will indeed help many out of poverty and its many associated issues; e.g. infant mortality.

I did not expect any WOW solutions, but I did hope for some take aways which I could apply to my own hope to make an impact in the world. Of c
Zhexi (Bonnie)
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are many parts of the stories told in the book, I feel so connected.
For example, A girl who is given love and support can start to break the self-image that keeps her down;
What I realized much later, paradoxically, is that by trying to fit in, I was strengthening the culture that made me feel like I didn’t fit in;
And if I tell myself I shouldn’t overprepare, then another voice tells me I’m being lazy. for me perfectionism means hiding who I am.
I want to create a workplace where everyone
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book that you need to have on your shelf so you can read a little of it and then think about it.

Melinda Gates has soo much information packed into this book that it will take several readings to get all the great nuggets of truth.

I am hoping that by reading this book, I will be inspired to do something in my community.
Katie Yaeger
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An inspiring story about all the good that has come — and has yet to come — from empowering women.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on so many different levels.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't know a ton about the work that the Gates Foundation does before I read this book, so it was really interesting to learn more. I admire Gates' mission to improve the lives of women around the world, and I wholeheartedly agree with her premise that the only way we can do that is by lifting up those around us. The best parts of the book are her stories of the women she's met who have endured incredible hardships but are still eager to create better lives for themselves and their children. ...more
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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.

“Poverty is not being able to protect your family. Poverty is not being able to save your children when mothers with more money could. And because the strongest instinct of a mother is to protect her children, poverty is the most disempowering force on earth.” 6 likes
“When people become better at seeing themselves in the lives of others, feeling others' suffering and easing their pain, then life in that community gets better. In many cases, we have more empathy for each other today than the people did who set the practices and traditions we now live with. So the purpose of conversations about accepted practices is to take out the old bias and add in empathy. Empathy is not the only force needed to ease suffering; we need science as well. But empathy helps end our bias about who deserves the benefits of science.

It's often surprisingly easy to find bias, if you look. Who was omitted or disempowered or disadvantaged when the cultural practice was formed? Who didn't have a voice? Who wasn't asked their view? Who got the least share of power and the largest share of pain? How can we fill in the blind spots and reverse the bias?

Tradition without discussion kills moral progress. If you're handed a tradition and decide not to talk about it--just do it--then you're letting people from the past tell you what to do. It kills the chance to see the blind spots in the tradition--and moral blind spots always take the form of excluding others and ignoring their pain.

Identifying and removing moral blind spots is a conversation that can be facilitated by outsiders, but it cannot be manipulated by them, because the people themselves are discussing their own practices and whether they serve their goals according to their values.

When communities challenge their own social norms in this way, people who were forced to bear the pain of a practice that benefited others now have their needs recognized and their burdens eased.”
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