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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 23 April 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
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Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls.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, and the author of the bestselling book The Moment of Lift. 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 has three children, Jenn, Rory, and Phoebe, and lives in Seattle, Washington.
- Publisher : Flatiron Books (23 April 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250313570
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250313577
- Dimensions : 14.4 x 2.51 x 21.51 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 65,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are a man do yourself a favour and read this book. I woud be surprised if this book does not make you rethink your response next time a woman says it's a man's world. If you want to read more then I recommend Invisible Women.
This book was a recommendation and it was a great one, I believe not everyone would be able to do what the Gates are doing, but if we are aware of those we can maybe facilitate and support the ones brave enough to fight for the cause.
I believe the word feminist has been distorted on it's true and significant meaning, but this book is showing what the feminism is and what it's fighting for, and it's for the basic human rights, for a woman to have authority her own body and make decisions for herself and for others, and not only take others and embrace cultures that make no sense on the feminine World.
There is a lot to say about this book, totally worth it.
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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.
Okay, so the book is hardly subjective being written by Melinda Gates and therefore being her perspective and highlighting the positives but if we look at the positives as a whole then the work that she does to help people seems pretty great. Educating girls about how to keep themselves safe, how to deliver babies safely in underpriviliged countries. Encouraging young women to get into STEM – on paper it all sounds wonderful.
Even if it turns out that all the conspiracy theories are true the things that you can take from this book is that it is well written and that it does elevate you to think differently about other people and how we all could do with helping others. That is a message that really resonates.
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