The Moment of Lift

The Moment of Lift

How Empowering Women Changes the World

Book - 2019
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Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250313577
Branch Call Number: 305.42 Gates
Characteristics: viii, 273 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 17, 2020

'When you lift up women, you lift up everybody - families, communities, entire countries.’ Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring women she met from all over the world, excavates into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention. Melinda links between women's empowerment and the health of societies. She provides reasonable and beneficial ways; each one of us can make a difference. I enjoyed this book and how good Melinda tells us about her personal life without making me feel bored. I felt tragic every time I opened this book and came across women’s heartbreaking stories. A change is necessary. @Mahara of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 02, 2020


Mar 27, 2020

A great book! A very well-written book, written in a coherent and understandable manner. This book resonated with me on a personal note as a person from a developing country.
The author is passionate about women empowerment, especially in places where women aren’t considered people. Gender equality is important because all lives are equal, as the author’s research and personal anecdotes suggest. The idea of ‘lift’ is powerful – in women, in children, and in educating everyone involved. I would highly recommend this book.

Jan 19, 2020

Phenomenal book. Perfect balance of personal anecdotes, research, and call to action. Melinda lays out her arguments in a very clear and evidence-based manner. Highly recommend.

Jan 04, 2020

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Dec 28, 2019

Wow! Melinda Gates has written a very personal and inspiring book in which she examines how women around the world can be given "the moment of lift," when they learn to fly, in the metaphorical sense. Her view is that these women and many other people around the world have been made outsiders and that our goal should be to create a culture in which there is little or no urge to create outsiders. In particular, in addition to addressing the "Me Too" movement in the US, she speaks about women in Africa and India who live in societies in which women are not allowed "to fly" and what the Gates Foundation is doing to remedy this problem, which sometimes bears no resemblance to what they originally thought they should be doing. Buy-in by the locals, she writes, is absolutely essential, a principle that recent conservation efforts have also employed. The real life examples she uses are incredibly moving. Although she is a devout Catholic, she courageously champions contraceptives as a way to save lives and to make lives healthier and more fulfilling. She also writes candidly about her relationship with her husband, Bill, and how they have worked, and continue to work, together to make sure that their relationship is an equal partnership. All in all, a great read!

Dec 20, 2019

I wish you would make it clearer that my request is accepted and ask where I'd like to pick it up, as of old.

Sep 30, 2019

Great book! Quotable!

Aug 26, 2019

So glad Melinda Gates shared many of her life lessons as well as opening my eyes and heart to the many people of the world who suffer and die simply because they are "invisible" to many people.
The stories she shares are heart-breaking and inspiring, especially when people choose to lead with their hearts.
May we all be good neighbors to not just women and children but also to anyone who feels left out and powerless to make a difference.

Aug 10, 2019

This book was amazing & inspiring. Melinda Gates is a fantastic writer. Her insights & her ability to learn & LISTEN from those she is trying to help around the world is fantastic. It just shows you that when you reach down inside of yourself, & are open to helping others, first you must be able to recognize where the other people are coming from, put yourself in their shoes, & then try to find commonalities in which to help others. This book was awesome. The Gates Foundation is certainly on the right path in which to help those many people who are on the outside & make sure they are included. Their foundation's money is going for truly altruistic motives! They are to be commended!

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