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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World Audio CD – Unabridged, April 23, 2019
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"Gates is the feminist we all need; she has studied how broadening women's rights also raises their earning potential, which contributes to national development." -AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner
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- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (April 23, 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250317053
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250317056
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.99 x 0.84 x 6.07 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #459,042 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.