- About the Book
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." -- Bren 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.
In telling stories of women all over the world, Gates took the time, effort and patience to slowly gain their trust, work with them in their daily (and often grueling) domestic tasks, and listen deeply as they revealed their fears, hopes and ambitions.... THE MOMENT OF LIFT doesn't claim to be a definitive guidebook for how to do good in the world, nor is it a self-justifying warm fuzzy outpouring of an entitled celeb whose name itself conveys power. If anything, readers will be struck by Gates' humility and even vulnerability in the face of these remarkably resilient women who gave her unique, unvarnished opportunities to share the best and worst parts of their lives.... THE MOMENT OF LIFT should be a must-read for anyone involved in volunteer or philanthropic work of any kind. It will clear the lens through which we see the entire human family.
Gates shares the lives of the many women she's met all over the world, giving voice to their mostly intense and lonely struggles while combating stifling discrimination and barriers via child marriage, over-pregnancy, lack of education, low-pay and non-paid work.... Gates makes it clear she's not just about lifting women up for their sake � though that's absolutely important � but for the world's sake.
—Los Angeles Times
—Los Angeles Times
Ms. Gates spends much of the book documenting the gendered nature of the world's entrenched problems and arguing that addressing gender-related disparities will improve everyone's lives. The stories from her primary reporting on child marriage, domestic violence and the anguish of poverty are often difficult to read, but their vividness is what makes The Moment of Lift remarkable.... "The Moment of Lift manages to be a readable account of Ms. Gates's insights from the world's harshest corners and of the reasons why she's hopeful that progress is possible.
—Wall Street Journal
—Wall Street Journal