- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pan Mcmillan (April 23, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1529005507
- ISBN-13: 978-1529005509
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Customer Reviews: 1,245 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda Gates has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities and societies. Core to her work is empowering women and girls to help them realise their full potential. Melinda received a bachelor s degree from Duke and an MBA from Duke s Fuqua School. After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of the company s multimedia products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family. In 2015, Melinda created Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company that enables her to bring together new and emerging strands of her advocacy and philanthropic work focused in the US.
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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.
Top international reviews
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.
A life turning extraordinary success and wealth into something worthwhile with the unique ability that gives to poke into faraway folk’s lives.