The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
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...more
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 ...more
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 families ...more
There is often the old belief in tale ...more
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 s ...more
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 ...more
Audiobook: library overdrive.
Paul, and I both enjoyed listening to Melinda Gates—( while hiking and lounging in the yard).
I loved learning about Melinda’s personal history - Her personal life stories and the many stories of women around the world.
Melinda Gates - ( leading by example), has written a brilliant ‘call-to-arms’ that describes injustices in the world.....gender inequality for women - brutal disadvantages in the developing counties - poverty - sexual mutilation, abuse, h ...more
I’d say the moment of lift begins as soon as you finish this book.
I don’t think I would have read it but the audio appealed to me so that’s how it got under my reading skin.
It delivers greatly in a thoughtful, intelligent, positive, and emotional telling in Melinda’s own upbeat voice.
I’ve been thinking how can I endorse it; how to convey to you and the author what I thought and how it impacted me—why you should read it.
Here it is: Melinda Gates for President.
I mean it.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 vari ...more
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 ...more
The book is primarily about the Gates Foundation and how they and the Foundation have evolved over th ...more
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 o ...more
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 chan ...more
“If you want to lift up humanity, empower women. It is the most comprehensive, pervasive, high-leverage investment you can make in human beings.”
I have to say that I didn‘t knew about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, until a few month ago, when I saw a TED Talk with Bill. "The next outbreak? We‘re not ready". He talked about the danger of a pandemic hitting us - the ...more
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 equa ...more
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.
this is an easily digestible take on feminism and philanthropy from a wealthy, white woman who knows she's wealthy and white. it's driven by data, facts, research, with personal anecdotes and travel experiences to fill out the rest of the memoir. it's not an emotional read, but it's an informative read. although we need to eat the rich, i do th ...more
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 wi ...more
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 ...more
I am not Melinda Gates, but being who I am—a person who reads and gives her opinions about books—my most useful function here would be to say that Melinda Gates has found out who she is and is using every cell of that self to help lift up others—women and men. And to that end, she has written a wonderful book. Yes, it's about working for women's equality all over the world, but the natur ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 di ...more
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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.
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