There's a lot of expectations for Melinda and this book for sure.
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.
- Paperback: 273 pages
- Publisher: MACMILLAN (4 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1529005507
- ISBN-13: 978-1529005509
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.6 x 21.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)