The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

Version: Unabridged
Author: Melinda Gates
Narrator: Melinda Gates
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Social Science, Public Policy
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: April 2019
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 56 minutes
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**One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2019**


“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.

Reviews (4)

Written by Anonymous on September 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Interesting read and ability to give back to the community was great.


Written by Carlene D. on September 1st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I never thought much about Melinda Gates before except to think that she’s a wealthy woman married to Bill. After listening to this book, I LOVE what she is doing with her life and respect her moral courage and ethical commitment to women in the world. She’s my new hero.


Written by Anonymous on June 27th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Highly inappropriate for a 12 year old. I wish there was a a was to to delete purchased or wished books.


Written by Gabriella S. on June 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent read. Will listen to again. Great insights and learned a lot from her experience and about the Foundation’s philosophy and practices. Highly recommend to others.

Author Details

Author Details

Gates, Melinda

Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda Gates 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