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The Moment of Lift

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

How Empowering Women Changes the World

A thought-provoking and inspiring book full of touching stories from around the world.



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 equal value, and gender equity is the lever that lifts everything.

“It’s the sign of a backward society—or a society moving backward—when decision are made for women by men.”


What makes The MOMENT of LIFT different from other women’s empowerment books is the author and her experiences. Melinda Gates’s foundation work has taken her around the world meeting people from every culture and background. She shares stories from farmers, teachers, sex workers, scientists and leaders. She meets people in their homes, schools and communities and listens to their issues. She tells us moving stories that hold women down: child marriage, family planning, health care, violence against women and gender inequality in the workforce. Gates show us example of how women found their voice on these issues and stood together with others to make a difference.

Gates’s writing is touching and her stories are heartbreaking. She has gracefully intertwined these stories with data, and her opinions resulting from her experiences. I love how she even opens up and shares stories of her own upbringing, her life with Bill, and her experiences in the workforce. It’s all very personal and very real and you may even want to read this book more than once. A must read!

“Many successful social movements are driven by the same combination—strong activism and the ability to take pain without passing it on. Anyone who can combine these two, finds a voice with moral force.”

Publisher Flatiron Books

Published April 23, 2019

Narrated Melinda Gates

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