The Moment of Lift - Melinda Gates

The Moment of Lift

By Melinda Gates

  • Release Date: 2019-04-23
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
From 309 Ratings

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“In her book, Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she’s met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention—from child marriage to gender inequity in the workplace.” — President Barack Obama

“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.


  • . Thanks Mrs Melinda

    By JuanScarsi
    Helping people is very complicated. This book is a guide to get goals if someone wants to help. Thank Mrs Melinda
  • Moment in lift

    By Sunil Munjal
    Honest and Brave account of experiences of Mrs Gates. World in some places is even worse
  • A must read for both men and women.

    Melinda speaks candidly about women and the challenges they face, especially those in the margins. Using this printed platform to share others stories, along with her own journey, Melinda is vulnerable and compelling in this well written, thought-provoking book. All proceeds from the book are donated.
  • Meh

    By 12345qwertfdsa
    Lovely ideas poorly described, as if it’s a speech to the shareholders instead of a book. So glad to hear the Gates’ are such effective philanthropists and Melinda comes across as highly intelligent and likable, just not a great writer.
  • A compass

    By Africa every year
    This book will thoughtfully guide those wanting social justice, peace and love.
  • Inspiring and eye opening

    By travelingty
    By far one of the best books I have ever read! I could feel the empowerment rising within me just from reading Melindas stories. This book gave me a lift for sure! Thank you for writing such a powerful, supportive book and for standing with women!!