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, Audiobook, Autobiography, Memoir

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...
  • Mario the lone bookwolf
    Discriminating half of your population is a crime against humanity of such immense stupidity that hardly any words can be found to describe it. Next to the social and millionfold individual suffering, the scientific and economic damage is immense and countries lead by such deluded conservatives are immensely weakened. In a modern, equitable country simply everything would collapse if overnight a suddenly appearing dictatorship would disenfranchis...
  • Cristina Monica
    You help women, you help everyone. Melinda Gates discovered that by doing work for her and her husband's foundation that seeks to improve the world and by listening to the stories of many women around the world. Improve the conditions of women, invest in their education, eliminate the stigma that follows them, encourage them to stand up for themselves and for each other... Do all of these things and one day we might completely eliminate wars. If ...
  • Liz
    I’m embarrassed to say this is another book I wouldn’t have read except for my book club. And I would have missed out. The moment of lift is that moment a rocket or plane takes off and leaves the ground. It’s also a moment of grace. As Gates uses the term, it combines those two definitions. It’s the moment that groups of women find ways to overcome their problems, whether it be keeping girls in school, delaying marriage for girls, providi...
  • 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...
  • Elyse Walters
    Ebook: own. Audiobook: library overdrive. Paul, and I both enjoyed listening to Melinda Gates—( while hiking and lounging in the yard). I loved learning about Melinda’s personal history - Her personal life stories and the many stories of women around the world. Melinda Gates - ( leading by example), has written a brilliant ‘call-to-arms’ that describes injustices in the world.....gender inequality for women - brutal disadvantages in the d...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    5 ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️I’d say the moment of lift begins as soon as you finish this book. I don’t think I would have read it but the audio appealed to me so that’s how it got under my reading skin.It delivers greatly in a thoughtful, intelligent, positive, and emotional telling in Melinda’s own upbeat voice. I’ve been thinking how can I endorse it; how to convey to you and the author what I thought and how it impacted me—...
  • Connie G
    Melinda Gates and her husband, Bill Gates, are co-founders of the Gates Foundation which works to improve health and reduce poverty in developing countries. They have supplied vaccines and birth control, and worked to keep girls in school. They have also partnered with organizations in developing countries to prevent child brides. The foundation has been helping farmers by providing better varieties of seeds and other items needed for farming. Me...
  • Trish
    Melinda Gates has a famous name and job, but who knows what she actually does? Running a foundation with assets exceeding that of many countries must carry enormous stresses, particularly for people who understand that injecting cash into a problem may actually make the problem grow. What courage it must take just to try.This had to have been a hard book to write, what with a crushing schedule, children, and weighty responsibilities, to say nothi...
  • Candie
    I really loved this book. It is a book that tells the stories of women around the world and their struggles, and the things that have been done or need to be done to help empower them and lift them up. When women are more empowered, everybody benefits. So heartbreaking and encouraging to read these brave women's stories and see the changes that can happen. It makes me so angry how women all over the world are treated and how it is looked at as ok...
  • Kristy K
    This book is truly about women empowerment. Gates acknowledges her own privilege and keeps the focus on the women that are often left in the margins. It is both inspirational and heartbreaking. I am so glad that there are people like Melinda Gates who make it their life’s work to help improve the life of the countless millions who’s voices are rarely heard. One thing I love about this book is that Gates doesn’t paint herself as the savior. ...
  • Lisa
    A thought-provoking and inspiring book full of touching stories of women from around the world. SUMMARYMelinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation authors this necessary call to action for women’s empowerment. For the past twenty years, Gates has been finding solutions to lift people out of poverty. Through her travels she has come to realized that to really lift a society up, you must invest in its women. She is driven by the belief...
  • Greta
    Inequality, child marriage, cutting, contraception, abuse and a lack of education. How to evoke change in developing countries.“If you want to lift up humanity, empower women. It is the most comprehensive, pervasive, high-leverage investment you can make in human beings.” I have to say that I didn‘t knew about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, until a few month ago, when I saw a TED Talk with Bill. "The next outbreak? We‘re not ready"....
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This book explores how educating and empowering women brings significant and positive change in communities around the world.Melinda Gates describes her experiences and challenges but also the profound fulfillment that working in the foundation has brought to her life. I think this work is important and, even though, some of the stories were deeply sad we should still listen and explore how we can help from wherever we stand.An inspiring and enli...
  • Claudia
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 wh...
  • Betsy Robinson
    "What do I want?" I often ask myself. And usually my answer is some version of "To be useful, being who I am."I am not Melinda Gates, but being who I am—a person who reads and gives her opinions about books—my most useful function here would be to say that Melinda Gates has found out who she is and is using every cell of that self to help lift up others—women and men. And to that end, she has written a wonderful book. Yes, it's about workin...
  • 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...
  • (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...
  • 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 ...
  • Renégade ♥
    5 starsAnd most of us fall into one of the same three groups: the people who try to create outsiders, the people who are made to feel like outsiders, and the people who stand by and don't stop it.Anyone can be made to feel like an outsider. It’s up to the people who have the power to exclude. Often it’s on the basis of race. Depending on a culture’s fears and biases, Jews can be treated as outsiders. Muslims can be treated as outsiders. Chr...
  • Jeanne
    I started Moment of Lift and almost set it aside. The first chapter felt disorganized and flaky. I'm reading this with my mother and her reading group, so I was a bit more motivated to continue.Having continued, however, I think my initial reaction stemmed from bias. I am an Apple not a PC fan. I'm skeptical of do-gooder billionaires. I won't back off my Apple bias, but being a billionaire doesn't mean that one cannot also have excellent ideas.Me...
  • 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...
  • Nada Elshabrawy
    Far beyond my expectations. I liked it.