The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

The Moment of Lift

A debut from Forbes' third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women's empowerment.For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been 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 socie...

Details The Moment of Lift

TitleThe Moment of Lift
Release DateApr 23rd, 2019
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Autobiography, Memoir, Audiobook

Reviews The Moment of Lift

  • Bill Gates
    I would say this even if I weren’t married to the author: The Moment of Lift is a terrific read.It is a wise, honest, and beautifully written book about how empowering women lifts up everyone. (None of that will be surprising to anyone who knows Melinda.) Although it took her about a year to write, in a way she has been working on it her whole life. The Moment of Lift is about the women who have inspired Melinda, starting with her own mother, t...
  • Suzanne
    If you invest in a girl or a woman, you’re investing in everyone else. I did not realise the depth of philanthropy that Melinda Gates is invested in. She is seriously invested in the rights of women and making women more empowered around the world. She works tirelessly within her organisation the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I knew nothing of the work undertaken by this organisation, they certainly use their wealth for excellent means. Meli...
  • Donna Hines
    A woman on a mission to save other women from despair, poverty, and the ills that effect every aspect of society today.It's a man's world and nothing has changed. Yet Melinda Gates is determined to weave a new pattern in this bundle of yarn one that will help those around the world get the help they deserve through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Empowerment! Validation! Assurances of a better life!Sounds so cozy but can it be accomplished ...
  • Whitney
    Overall: I loved this book and found it very inspiring. A very important read that touches on many key global health issues. The overall message of this book can be summarized as: When we lift up women and girls everywhere, it benefits us all. 4+/5 or 8/10Highly recommend this to everyone but be warned to any that are sensitive to topics such as: rape, domestic violence, religious issues and contraception, child brides, and the sex trade. Summary...
  • Moonkiszt
    The Moment of LiftI cannot say enough good things about this book. She is saying, advocating and calling to action with words that are persuasive to me and are hitting me right in the heart. Read this book.. She covers many of the ways women and underprivileged groups are pushed down throughout the world (throughout the ages!) and approaches that have been taken in the past and how the paths to the end goals have changed, because understanding of...
  • (a)lyss(a)
    I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.This book was around 3.5 stars for me. While Melinda Gates is open about her faith and her experience and why she believes in supporting women I wish this book had dug deeper. There are powerful anecdotes about child brides and women who died in childbirth where Gates explained these are the experiences that moved her and even stories about her o...
  • Fully.Booked
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 - LADIES AND GENTLEMEN this is a must-read👏🏼 Gates opened my eyes to a whole other side of women empowerment💃🏼 She adressed a lot of different issues, many that seem forgotten in today’s society - there’s a particular focus on developing countries and on her and Bill’s foundation. She’s clearly educated and passionate about her work but her tone is very down-to-earth, which I loved. A lot of what she said res...
  • Ying Ying
    The more I read, the more I got into the book. Chapters 5 and 9 are my favorite ones. In Chapter 5, I loved reading about Melinda's personal story with Bill and showed me what an equal partnership really means. Chapter 9 wraps up the book beautifully with much wisdom about people living in the margins and how we should face the pain and instead create a world of inclusion.Below are the book passages that I took note of on OneNote, as I was readin...
  • Kaloyana
    For this book I need to make a whole new shelf called "abandoned with hatred and anger".If you haven't heard that people and children die in Africa because of poverty, hunger no health care etc, and if you haven't heard that people in poor African countries have many children, who die under age of five, and you have no idea that in Africa they had no education, and you haven't heard about inexplicably rich people form western world, known as phil...
  • Jayne Gerdeman Homsher
    I have to say this book by Melinda Gates has grabbed my attention from start to finish. I cancelled my entire day to read her book cover to cover and then I sent her a message on Twitter. My senses of well being and support for other women have been encouraged in the right ways from this book. I have always tried to inspire women of all ages to get involved in working in science, and technologies that are coming to the marketplace. I only wish I ...
  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    When these barriers are broken and opportunities open up, they not only lift women out of poverty; they can elevate women to equality with men in every culture and every level of society. No other single change can do more to improve the state of the world. — Melinda Gates, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. .Heartbreaking, inspiring, and powerful — one of “My Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2019,” highly anticip...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    I've known for years that Melinda Gates is an inspiring philanthropist who has worked mostly behind the scenes. This book brings her into the spotlight and focuses on her investment in women across the globe; giving them access to contraceptives and education while lifting their voices to create equality and opportunities to advance their lives.Gates strongly believes in a woman's choice to decide whether and when to have children and even speaks...
  • Linda
    Everyone should read this book. EVERYONE.Melinda Gates sets thoughtful, wise, and poignant agendas to promote inclusion and dissipate factions in humanity.She learned that what appeared to be the answers to a problem weren't always appreciated by the people affected who, obviously, knew more about the situation and what was needed. So, she listened and worked at changing programs of assistance to actually benefit someone. (Condoms are not the ans...
  • Kate
    I took so long reading this book because I was reading on my 30 minute lunch breaks at work and honestly this book needs and deserves more time and attention than 30 minutes at a time. The beginning of the book is why I didn't give the 5 stars. It seemed repetitive and rambling, but I pushed through and Melinda really found her flow about a quarter of the way through. From there on this book took up a lot of my free thinking-time and I realized t...
  • J. April
    Rounding up from 3.5. I received a free advanced reader copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.Gates's basic argument in this book is that in order to lift up the world and end a host of systemic tragedies - including infant and child death, malnourishment, culturally-sanctioned abuse, and generational poverty - we must also (or perhaps first) lift up women. Through chapters focused on a range of world-wide social issues, Gates examines t...
  • Chris Roberts
    Joan of Arc spit on her death proclamation at the stake. That is empowerment. Tell me when you can be that Joan ladies. We will not see the likes of Joan again in the history of this dying, dead earth.So we know. Mother Theresa wore a habit and drank donkey milk. What saint?Joan of Arc, I love you crazy days higher, I have for you a bouquet of shimmering nights skies.Joan of Arc slew the English at 17, she didn't wear pink, she wore entrails, at ...
  • Laurie May
    “If you want to lift up humanity, empower women.” This is the insight that Melinda Gates shares so powerfully in her new book. Backed up by statistical research and her own personal experiences, the author presents a powerful argument for social change, from third world countries to the American workplace. The Moment of Lift came into my hands at a most opportune time. I had just returned from a trip to some of the poorest areas of the Domini...
  • Judy
    Where to start? What an inspiring and intense subject. Fabulous as an audio book narrated by Melinda Gates. Will be returning to read in word form too as there is much to learn. I admit I have always been on the cynical side about the Gates Foundation and good deeds but I have reevaluated my thinking and understand more of the deep commitment to listening and learning what is worthwhile in each instance and the deep personal moral and ethical com...
  • Kathryn Speckels
    Awesome book, super important message, told in a compulsively readable way. At times, it felt a little preachy, and at others like it was just needlessly repeating itself, hence the four stars...but as a whole, definitely a title worth reading. (Hopefully I will expand this review in the next couple days--sorry, y'all, I'm just super behind on reviews!)
  • Minwoo
    Bill Gates said he’d be saying this is a terrific book even if he weren’t married to the author. I get it. This book was terrific. After having the pleasure of hearing her speak at Penn, I couldn’t put the book down. I learned so much about the power of empowering women. What really stood out to me was how seemingly unrelated topics are actually related (ie why family planning and contraceptives is so important for lifting up women) and how...
  • Jeanne
    This book is eye opening. I'd recommend it for a book club discussion. It is packed with food for thought. She talks about how the Gates Foundation is funding programs that empower women. She hits all the red hot political buttons: vaccinations, family planning, gender inequality and even the bible. Whoo Boy. It is a powerful read and she is one courageous person.
  • Amara
    I want to recommend this book to everyone I know. I had it come through on my library recommendations, but I hesitated to start it, fearing it would be dry and preachy. I found just the opposite to be true. This book was full of stories of Ms. Gates' experiences with women all around the world, but also included personal stories. The theme was empowering women, and bringing in and empowering all marginalized groups, and helping them find their vo...
  • Mel
    Narrated by the woman herself, I listened, rapt, as my heart broke over and over again as Melinda Gates shared stories of her global travels meeting women who despite doing everything in their power to make the most of the circumstances to take care of their families, are in need of help that Gates is there to provide through the foundation she shares with her husband.Though part memoir, sharing details of her first years with Microsoft and her e...
  • Tracy
    Inspirational and informative. The stories she tells of the people she has met around the world are very moving. I cried reading about child brides, and I was mad reading about efforts to de-fund contraception in the US. Melinda Gates is impressive, and a powerful voice for women and children around the world. I've long been interested in the Gates Foundation, and impressed that mega rich people would donate their lives and fortunes and use their...
  • Carmen
    Incredible. She starts with a love letter to family planning and weaves through several different facets of women's empowerment including education and gender equity. The stories she tells from her own travels are both heartbreaking and inspiring. The stories from her own life are funny and interesting. Highly recommend.
  • Mary Anne Shew
    I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book because I didn’t know what to expect from Melinda Gates, about whom the only thing I knew was she worked at Microsoft and married Bill. The way I found out about the book was via her husband’s blog, which I enjoy. As you’ll find out in the book, Melinda never wanted the spotlight to turn from Bill to her, which is understandable because of what media scrutiny means today. Then her work in the fo...
  • Kayle Barnes
    I probably wouldn't have prioritized reading this book had my bookclub not selected it for June. I would recommend this book to people interested in:-learning how a famous and powerful woman found and decided to use her voice-how the Gates Foundation honed in on gender equity-a religious, moral case for a woman's right to choose-infuriating, inspiring stories of women around the world disrupting and then repairing their world and much moreThis is...
  • Michelle
    Such an important message! I think everyone, men and women, should read this!!
  • Claudia Aroni
    This book has some powerful and compelling stories of women around the world desperately trying not only to survive but to provide a better life for their children against insurmountable odds. It also does a good job of highlighting some of the work of the Gates foundation, as well, as finding common ground with the work of Rosling and Brene Brown.Nonetheless, I struggle with the tone and voice of this book. Why? It’s preachy. I can totally get...