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The Moment of Lift
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World | Melinda Gates
The Moment of Lift is an urgent call to courage. It changed how I think about myself, my family, my work, and whats 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 shes learned from the inspiring people shes met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, That is why I had to write this bookto 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. Melindas unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attentionfrom 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 worldand 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.
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Dietz123
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This is a thoughtful book. If you‘re a feminist and a Catholic like me, you might especially connect with Melinda‘s perspective. The best part about this book is hearing someone raised more conservatively than myself talk compassionately about birth control.

marleed I loved this book and I hadn‘t given that much consideration to Melinda Gates before. I was also raised Catholic but much more on the liberal side - which I know is not easy to find. 3d
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Dietz123
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This book is so interesting. The author shows us the disparity between conservative arguments and the reality she has personally witnessed as a philanthropist. The importance of the message outstrips her skill as a writer, and she doggedly forged ahead anyway. I think she succeeded in making her point. I recommend you judge for yourself.

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taraWritesSci
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Excellent read. It's tempting to dismiss Gates as yet another billionaire philanthropist forcing the mess of globalized ideas onto impoverished regions--that's what every other has done so far--but it's not the case here. The foundation takes extra care to listen to what the people need, and provide the type of support requested. Gates also addresses the criticism of her privilege with grace and humility, an exception among the ultra-fortunate.

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MaggieCarr
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5☆☆☆☆☆

Megabooks For sure!! 2mo
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MaggieCarr
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I knew of their philanthropic work, but not nearly the extent of it nor the driving force behind it. Absolutely awe inspiring, backed with statistics that make me mad and leave me wanting to see and lead more change before my death.
Themes: Lifting each other up, empowering mothers, family planning, girls in school, unpaid work, child marriage, gender bias, new cultures, coming together.

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Gezemice
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“It‘s the mark of a backward society—or a society moving backward—when decisions are made for women by men. That‘s what‘s happening right now in the US.”

GingerAntics Precisely!!! 2mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics This book is full of very sensible quotes. I highly recommend it. I think it is the most important book I read this year. 2mo
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Gezemice
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Every society says its outsiders are the problem. But the outsiders are not the problem; the urge to create outsiders is the problem. Overcoming that urge is our greatest challenge and our greatest promise. It will take courage and insight, because the people we push to the margins are the ones who trigger in us the feelings we're afraid of.”
#feminism

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Gezemice
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Melinda Gates shares the stories of women she encountered while doing her Foundation work, with empathy, dedication, and much needed common sense. Every issue they tried to tackle led back to women: poverty, hunger, education, inequality. She talks of tough issues (infant mortality, genital mutilation, child brides, AIDS, sex workers, schools, farming, abuse, etc), also offers solutions that work, and hope. A must read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice I listened to the audio which Melinda narrates herself, with conviction and empathy, and so much common sense that we all need right now. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2931230680 2mo
Graywacke Really enjoyed your review and noting this book. 2mo
Gezemice @Graywacke Thank you! I highly recommend it. 2mo
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WriterReaderTrainer
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Wow! This book felt BIG to me. It expanded my world view and offered new and surprising viewpoints. I especially enjoyed listening to the audio version of Melinda Gates narration. Hearing her tell her stories, in her own voice enriched my experience. I finished this book a few weeks ago and have found myself still thinking about it again and again.

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BlueStockingReviews
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What makes The MOMENT of LIFT different from other women‘s empowerment books is the author and her experiences. Melinda Gates‘s foundation work has taken her around the world meeting people from every culture and background. She shares stories from farmers, teachers, sex workers, scientists ....read the rest ...https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/post/the-moment-of-lift

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howjessreads
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Melinda Gates does an excellent job sharing things I‘ve heard before about how important empowering women is; but she illustrates her points with specific examples from Malawi, Niger, India, & the US, sharing stories she‘s learned through her work with the Gates foundation. As a devoutly Catholic, incredibly intelligent programmer, she has a fascinating take on the issues facing women in today‘s world! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #howjessreadsin2019

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thebluestocking
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A pretty good reading month for me! I didn‘t care for Crazy Rich Asians or Letters to a Young Poet, but everything else was 👌. My favorite was probably The Reckless Oath We Made. 💙

📚 4 physical; 🎧 3 audio; 📱 1 ebook

#augustwrapup #augustreads #monthlywrapup

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Sydsavvy
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Loved so much of this. Why aren‘t we all reading and talking about this book? #empowerment

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Lmacharg
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Provides a general overview of global health interests. For individuals working in this industry it does not provide very new insights, but I would recommend it to individuals curious about their foundation and how it came to be. I also enjoyed her ideas on finding balance in her marriage and how to promote public health without alienating religious groups.

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thebluestocking
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I really enjoyed this thoughtful exploration of how small changes, especially to the lives of women and girls, can change the world. I thought this would have more memoir in it, but once I adjusted there was little to dislike.

marleed I thought this was an inspiring read. 4mo
thebluestocking @marleed Me too. 💙 4mo
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Erika13137
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When you have the day off and walk to your fav cafe to read for the morning. #lifegoals

QuietlyLaura Looks perfect! 4mo
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Sydsavvy
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“Because sometimes all that‘s needed to lift women up is to stop pulling them down.”

❤️❤️❤️ #empowerment #women

And I love #kindlequotes new look!!

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Julsmarshall
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My local library has a lucky shelf. They are books that have long hold lines and are hard to get. So far I‘ve found this one and Where the Crawdads sing. Better get to reading! Anyone else‘s library do this? #lovemylibrary

Beatlefan129 I put a hold on the ebook of “The Huntress “ at my library and was told it would be a 14 week wait, then I got an email saying I could get a special skip-the-line copy immediately. I felt like I won a prize! 4mo
marleed Great idea and Yay you! I try to finish popular books as quickly as I can so I can alleviate the wait behind me! My secret thought is that I‘ll get a special gold-star and skip the line coupon for being such a responsible library borrower! 4mo
DivineDiana Love this idea! 👍🏻📚👏🏻 4mo
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Floresj
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Quick, empowering read of the benefits of investing in womens‘ voices, choices, and education. Throughout many diverse stories of Gates travels around the world, we can see the uplift of villages, societies, and cultures when women are seen as equals. I loved the focus of the importance of men to be an ally- as it improves their life significantly as well. Gates is a good, not great, writer.

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SW-T
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I admit that I went into this one not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised to discover thoughtful, informative, and informal discourse about women. Melinda discussed maternal and newborn health, girls in education, unpaid work, women in agriculture, and family planning, touching on religion and abortion as well. She talks about starting the foundation with Bill, and you can tell that she actually cares about others. Refreshing read.

jen_the_scribe Completely agree. I think this is such an important read. 5mo
Gezemice I agree, very good book and we should all be reading it. 2mo
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marleed
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3rd 3x3 grid completed during #BFCr2. Favorite is tagged. Bottom row from my physical TBR - major goal! This was a fun grid of books to read!

From Left to Right then top to bottom:
5* = Loved It! Want my own physical copy. Want friends to read it, but not my copy - might break the binding! A+
4*= Liked and would love to discuss. B
3*=Meh C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF. F

1. 5
2. 4.25
3. 4
4. 3.75
5. 4.5
6. 4
7. 4.75
8. 3.5
9. 4.25

wanderinglynn Looks like you're crushing your book goal! 🙌 5mo
marleed @wanderinglynn I went in super book reading mode in anticipation of 1 1/2 weeks of company. I didn‘t hit super step mode though - it was just too hot! (edited) 5mo
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MelissaSue81
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This was really good. I am super inspired by Melinda Gates. She is smart and strong and tough, and is using her privilege to speak for those whose voices aren‘t heard. I would like to see her run for office.

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marleed
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Everything about this book is a yes. Just yes!

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calisoul615
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I'm enjoying every word, every page and every moment of reading this book! 🥰 #momentoflift #inspiration #fantasticbook

marleed I agree - reading now! 5mo
Gezemice So good! 2mo
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sophierayton
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A very upLIFTing and positive book. The Gates' can't really help how rich they are, and instead of being greedy, selfish or even apathetic, they choose to use their wealth (and the wealth of others) for thoughtful and careful good in the world, which must take a lot of time and energy so I have nothing but love and respect for them and all they do. The basic message in this book is that if you help women, you help the whole world.

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kristamleigh
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This book is an unsettling reminder of the need to improve the lives of women around the world. The chapter on child brides was particularly difficult to read. I recommend because it is so easy to forget or ignore these truths while living with the freedoms I enjoy.

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Jen2
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Fabulous!!!

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conny
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I was reminded by a quote by Mao Zedong that I really love while reading this: “Women hold up half the sky.”

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goodbyefrancie
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Just finished this one on #Overdrive and I will be buying the hardcover. I seriously want to buy a ton of copies and give them to everyone I know. There is so much to be learned here, and it's such an important book. Melinda Gates knocked this one out of the park, and gets to the deepest parts of empathy, compassion, understanding, equality, and explains in an indisputable way how inequality impacts every aspect of life. Go get this book. Now.

Bookish_B I had the same reaction! 6mo
Gezemice Yes! A must read! 2mo
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goodbyefrancie
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Really good so far. I'd recommend it!

#Overdrive

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jen_the_scribe
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This was such a powerful read. She focuses on women of color many times, and women as a whole. She does reference her own life mostly as a mom and within her career, and as it is relevant to the topic at hand. But her focus is in telling the stories of women and girls around the world who struggled on different, often horrible, levels. Her philanthropic work taught her so much, and she shares that so profoundly. This book is thought provoking.

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Bookish_B
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I just really want you to read this book. The lessons and information are important. The stories will make you angry and sad but also move you, inspire you and give you hope. And who knows? Maybe it will also make you want to find a way get involved.

Ashley_Nicoletto I have this one on my library holds list and I can‘t wait. 6mo
Bookish_B Yay!! 👏🏼 6mo
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Cold hard facts.

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kyraleseberg
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kyraleseberg
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When your library hold is available at the exact moment you need it 🙌

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JoyBlue
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Really interesting. I think Melinda and I could be friends. We're on the same page about several advocacy issues and what the benefits are of various programs. So much good to families and societies can be done when women are given resources, autonomy, and equality—no matter the specific event/location/circumstances.

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Bookish_B
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Hung out with Melinda Gates & John Legend tonight. We discussed how to best empower & lift women to their full potential. As I was leaving Melinda stopped me to ask if I'd like a copy of her book & I said, "Sure Mels. That'd be great, thanks!" So she signed it, put it in a tote bag and bid me farewell. Of course since I was getting a book John wanted one too! That guy! Anyway, it was a lovely evening. ??

*Parts of this story may not be true.

Suet624 😂😂😂 7mo
wanderinglynn May not be true, but it‘s a great story! 👍🏻😂 7mo
Ashley_Nicoletto 🤣🤣 I love your asterisk. 7mo
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Tanisha_A Hahaha! Love it 7mo
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fiu12bern
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So excited to hear Melinda Gates talk about the book in 5 min!

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 7mo
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ManyWordsLater
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Back in our house! So, time for a #HomeRenoRecap

Left: to read
Middle: in progress
Right: finished

I‘m close to done with All the Single Ladies the end just keeps slipping farther away. And I‘ve been trying to keep my tbr in check this year but I‘ve just been finding so many hard-to-pass-up gems!

Excited for Moment of Lift!

#homereno #recap #tbr #shelfie #arc #proof

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EKonrad
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I admire Gates' mission to improve the lives of women around the world. The best parts of the book are her stories of the women she's met who have endured incredible hardships but are still eager to create better lives for themselves and their children. I think this is a great read for anyone interested in charity work or in how they can inspire positive change in the world. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Goodreads

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