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Author: Melinda Gates Narrator: Melinda Gates Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2019 ISBN: 9781250317049
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“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.”

— Brené 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates…powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention…I’ve called Melinda an impatient optimist and that’s what she delivers here—the urgency to tackle these problems and the unwavering belief that solving them is indeed possible.”

    Barack Obama

  • “I think this is one of the best books I’ve ever read.”

    Warren Buffett, American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist

  • “An inspirational look at the need to empower women to make change in the world.”

    Washington Post

  • “A moral appeal, imploring each of us who reads it to look around—at our own families, our own workplaces, our own place in a gigantic, but highly connected, world―and get to work making it more equal.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Melinda Gates…narrates her own story of growing awareness of women’s lives worldwide. She does so in a strong, affirmative voice…Listeners will revel in the personal details of her own awakening to how childbearing and poor maternal health are the major limitations facing women worldwide. Speaking in a firm tone, Gates does not let herself off the hook for the years it took her to come to this realization. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Offers urgent reminders of why it’s necessary to help women everywhere achieve their full potential.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Cochair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates here explains why her philanthropy focuses on women, making the connection between women’s empowerment and the health of societies.”

    Library Journal

  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller in Feminist Theory
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Barack Obama Reading List Pick

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About the Author

Melinda Gates, cochair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies. Core to her work is empowering women and girls to help them realize their full potential. In 2015, Melinda created Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company that enables her to bring together other new and emerging strands of her advocacy and philanthropic work focused in the US. Melinda received a bachelor’s degree from Duke and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of the company’s multimedia products. In 1996, she left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family.