The moment of lift how empowering women changes the world

by Gates, Melinda, 1964-

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"In her book, Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she's met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention--from child marriage to gender inequity in the workplace." -- President Barack Obama

"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

"Melinda Gates has spent many years working with women around the world. This book is an urgent manifesto for an equal society where women are valued and recognized in all spheres of life. Most of all, it is a call for unity, inclusion and connection. We need this message more than ever." -- Malala Yousafzai

"Melinda Gates's book is a lesson in listening. A powerful, poignant, and ultimately humble call to arms." -- Tara Westover, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Educated

A debut from Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women's empowerment.

"How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings - and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity."


For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down.

In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she's learned from the inspiring people she's met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, "That is why I had to write this book--to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live."

Melinda's unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention--from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world--and ourselves.

Writing with emotion, candor, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another.

When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.

Contents
Introduction
The lift of a great idea
Empowering mothers: maternal and newborn health
Every good thing: family planning
Lifting their eyes: girls in schools
The silent inequality: unpaid work
When a girl has no voice: child marriage
Seeing gender bias: women in agriculture
Creating a new culture: women in the workplace
Let your heart break: the lift of coming together
Epilogue.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "What does it mean to be a philanthropist? For Gates, it means also becoming an activist, albeit a reluctant one. Faced with the realization that the fundamental rights of women from health care and reproductive wellness to gender parity, educational opportunities, and economic advancement were being ignored, curtailed, or purposely ended, Gates knew that she could put her considerable wealth, connections, and privilege to work for those in peril. As cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she did more than just write the checks. She spoke up and spoke out, and she backed her arguments with the facts that came from immersing herself in cultures where she could observe and experience firsthand the changes that empowering women can bring. Gates met with abuse victims in the Philippines and sex-trade workers in India, lived with a Maasai family in Tanzania, and learned about the horrors of child marriage in Ethiopia. Hers is an ecumenical message made personal by the unexpectedly candid revelations she shares about her own life and marriage, motherhood and career. 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.--Carol Haggas Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Philanthropist, mother of three, and wife of one of the world's richest men, Gates delivers a thoughtful and empathetic treatise that demonstrates how empowering women can change the world and lift families from poverty. Gates's career as a human rights advocate began with family planning issues, that is, a women's right to choose when to get pregnant-an unusual stance, she notes, for a longtime practicing Catholic. With each chapter, Gates addresses other thorny issues that hold women down: unreliable maternal and newborn healthcare ("Forty million women a year give birth without assistance"), lack of access to education (both in the U.S. and abroad) and lack of access to contraception, child marriage, sex work, and female genital mutilation. Gates writes movingly of other change makers globally, including investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett (who, with Bill Gates founded the Giving Pledge organization), Pakistani education-activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai, and Dutch human rights activist Mabel van Oranje, who fights to end child marriage-and of the pride she feels in instilling these values in her children, who have volunteered in organizations throughout Africa. 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. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Feminism.
Women -- Social conditions.
Women -- Economic conditions.
Equality.
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Flatiron Books2019.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781250313560
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