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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 23, 2019
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“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
“An inspirational look at the need to empower women to make change in the world.” ―The Washington Post
“[The Moment of Lift] is a moral appeal, imploring each of us who reads it to look around ― at our own families, our own workplaces, our own place in a gigantic, but highly connected, world ― and get to work making it more equal.” – Chicago Tribune
"Drawing on her vast experiences meeting women in far-flung corners of the developing world, Gates’ book is a heartfelt memoir about stepping out of her comfort zone, as well as a manifesto of sorts about the transformative power of broadening women’s rights." ― Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle
"At a time when beneficial globalization is being threatened by nationalism, and women’s rights are in danger of being rolled back to nineteenth-century norms, Gates offers urgent reminders of why it's necessary to help women everywhere achieve their full potential." ― Booklist, starred review
“Part memoir, part call to action, Gates’s compassionate narrative underscores her determination to leave a positive mark on this world. She inspires and emboldens in this eloquently argued work.” ― Publishers Weekly
“This book is a beautiful and concise mission statement on what we need to do to move society forward―continue to empower women. At every level and in all places women are truly the bedrock supporting their communities.” ― Trevor Noah
“Melinda Gates uplifts and inspires by weaving a narrative of fortitude and hope. She pushes us to challenge the status quo and never settle.” ― Mellody Hobson
“The Moment of Lift is a gift to humanity. With concrete stories and examples, Melinda Gates helps us see and embrace the great truths – “The goal is for everyone to be connected. The goal is for everyone to belong. The goal is for everyone to be loved.” Melinda’s message is so real, so personal, so intelligent, so needed. If only everyone would read it and know it, we would all rise up together!” ― Richard Rohr
“The Moment of Lift is a book about gender equity and its golden thread is empathy. This book lifts up the voices of women and girls whose experiences have been entirely unlike Melinda’s own. They’ve taught her a great deal, and in this beautifully crafted and artful memoir, Melinda Gates invites the reader to learn from them too.” ― Paul Farmer, M.D., co-founder of Partners In Health
“I think this is one of the best books I've ever read.” ― Warren Buffett
About the Author
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.
Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Duke University and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School. 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 lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Bill. They have three children, Jenn, Rory, and Phoebe.
- Publisher : Flatiron Books; First Edition (April 23, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250313570
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250313577
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.67 x 0.99 x 8.47 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Melinda Gates is by no mean an ordinary woman. She has kept a low-profile within the public eye despite being a spouse with perhaps, the most well-known billionaire and philanthropist of our lifetime. But yet, this book gave the audience a fantastic view of why she holds her own.
She's very self-aware of how the public would view her philanthropy work as "billionaires throwing away money to solve problems" and that "white people saving savages"-public image that many NGOs receive. Yet, her book recognized that instant perceptions and it was quick to demystify the stereotype.
Her efforts of letting the local NGOs run their courses and constantly try to listen, understand, and be with the people who she's helping shown us that she is a woman with deep gratitude for her success and has the humility it requires to tackle many monumental women's issues in marginalized countries and around the world.
While the problems in the book are not new, the personal stories will definitely leave the readers feel very human. It's a range of emotions from infuriating, hard-warming, to awe-inspiring what many marginalized women have experienced and accomplished.
I just wish that the book would share even more stories and discuss further in details any possible ways/platforms that the intended readers could help other than the websites appendix.
Overall, women is not the future. They were our past; they are our Present; and they will be our Future when we give them the equal opportunities and credits that they truly deserve.
I consider myself a voracious reader and actively search for books who will challenge and inspire me. And I just admit that I pride myself on not judging others, but found myself debating reading this book because I am guilty of thinking I knew who Melinda was (a very rich probably spoiled socialite). And I am sorry. Amazing stories about and for women. I have my group of women who support and hold me and I have felt sad knowing me m usually don't experience friendships the way women do.
Thank you Melinda for your words. Equality can not be the endgame. The endgame is inclusion, love and options for everyone. Such a lovely message and so timely. Keep up the good work and keep up your sense of values and honesty. I am already recommending this book to everyone I know.
1) Just to give money is not enough. It is a good point: for preceding generations,(and also here thanks to the American tax system that favors charity) many people gave away money without verifying how it was used. One example: when she was alive, nobody cared what Mother Theresa did with the donations she received. They should have. More donators today want to make sure that their money actually does some good.
2) Statistics are good enough to tell you there is a problem, but they don't tell you how to solve it. True: listening is an important weapon. This is mainly what the book is about: how to listen, and it is the best part of it. Making of this the only weapon we have to help people is a weakness of the book: empowering women helps but ignoring the damage caused by general corruption is a costly lack of candor (the reader who wants to know more should consult the corruption perception index on the web).
3) Individual stories and victories show well the path followed by Melinda in her work. Her tale of the discovery of the role of empowering women is excellent. I would have liked a chart showing the success of the groups she helped at the end of each chapter: there is one moment when statistics on results are helpful and convincing, even if we rejoice of the individual success stories.
This is an excellent book, it could be more convincing with little effort. I was surprised that (because I know and agree the world is much better than one or two generations ago) I had already heard most of the stories told by the book in the 60s, told then by the grandmothers of the women Melinda interviews today. Cultures that keep people back are passed on by one generation to the next. Why? Because we believe what we have been told in childhood. It is disconcerting to see Melinda sustained by her faith in a church who made women responsible for the original sin.
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Gates really drove home the messages of Christianity and that women are doing the heavy lifting in the farm fields, "Next time you're in Africa driving in a rural area, look out the window and see who's working in the fields. They're almost all women. If you listen only to the men, because they're the ones with the time and social permission to go to the meetings, then you're not going to know what the women really need, and they're the ones who are doing most of the work." This totally brought driving through Jordan, Qatar, and Egypt to my mind, in that we only ever saw men and boys out in the streets, socializing all hours drinking tea and smoking hugging and chatting, while the women and girls were nowhere to be seen I gather because in Muslim culture the women are always hard at work inside. We looked for and didn't see girls among the crowds of boys in school uniforms.
Anyways, these were some of my favorite facts from The Moment of Lift: Did you know that Boko Haram's name actually means "Western education is forbidden"? Or that for girls age 15 to 19 around the world, the leading cause of death is childbirth? Or that the US is one of only seven countries in the world that do not provide paid maternity leave - joining Papua New Guinea, Suriname, and a handful of other island nations?
About 30 pages in my opinion changed...
Melinda Gates has written an in-depth account of a depressing, sad situation occurring in certain cultures. She has used her fame and fortune to give desperately deprived women and their children hope that their lives can improve and are improving...
An interesting read and a humble account of her journey to give support and help to a very brutal world many women are born into.