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The Moment of Lift

How Empowering Women Changes the World
Narrated by: Melinda Gates
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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For the last 20 years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as cochair 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 society up, invest in women.

In this candid and inspiring audiobook, Gates traces her awakening to the link between women's empowerment and the health of societies. She shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to 'turbo-charge' change. And she provides simple and effective ways each one of us can make a difference.

A personal statement of passionate conviction, this book tells of Gates' journey from a partner working behind the scenes to one of the world's foremost advocates for women, driven by the belief that no one should be excluded, all lives have equal value, and gender equity is the lever that lifts everything.

©2019 Melinda Gates (P)2019 Pan Macmillan AU

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Important Albiet Robotic

I respect Melinda Gates' work so much, but wished I loved this more! I downloaded this after watching her interview with David Letterman on Netflix (would recommend!) and, while her messages and work is so important I'm ashamed to say I struggled to finish this. Perhaps it's her STEM background, I had just read Michelle Obama's similarly catagorised book before this and by contrast, Gates is much less of a lyrical, engaging storyteller. Despite great efforts to include the compelling, heartbreaking and triumphant anceedotes of the many strong women she has met and helped on her journey, somehow to me this book often read too much like a back to back stack of facts and figures. Nonetheless, I would recommend it to others for the significance of the ideas Gates articulates, I did finish it and I do believe it is an important message the world needs to hear.

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Insightful, beautifully shared and uplifting!

Melinda Gates weaves story, lesson and knowledge seamlessly. A powerful book. I would highly recommend getting this audio version as she reads with passion and it really feels like she's just there speaking to you.

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Fascinating insights and information

I loved this book. Melinda Gates is a truly inspirational woman - so thoughtful, giving and humble. Her work is making a real difference in this world. I really enjoyed listening and learning to her story.

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Most impactful book I've listened too this decade

A book about empowerment and connection for ALL. Could easily be seen as a women's empowerment book but if you listen carefully the end result is a lift for EVERYONE. Haven't been emotionally moved by a book in a long time and was holding back tears towards the end of the book. Thank you Melinda for being so raw, authentic and honest about your journey and sharing it with the world.

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Well done!

This book was recommended to me. I knew very little about Melinda Gates but had heard she and Bill were doing humanitarian work.
This book gives insight to the Gates as a couple, their backgrounds and relationship and great detail of just what their work outside Microsoft is all about.
An amazing read on so many levels and one that encourages us all to rethink world cultures towards women, poverty, basic needs for all in order to flourish.

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The most pragmatic and comprehensible feminist

How do we nominate Melinda for a Nobel Peace Prize?! What an incredible account of practical and non-self righteous feminism and how to further accelerate humanity through identifying and breaking down gender biases, and allowing women to LIFT.

I detested the word "feminist" and all it's stereotypical associations. This book does none of that but explains how women are the way of the world and how the oppression/suppression of girls and women, is stunting our growth of humanity.

Incredibly comprehensive and Melinda's narration is fantastic. A must read for intelligent minds.

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Read this, it's Important!

This book is Touching, Thought Provoking & above all else Inspiring ... An incredible read

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Loved it! Thank you.

Thank you Melinda. Thanks for your conviction, courage, compassion and humility. This was an inspiring, moving and empowering read. So much wisdom. I'll be buying the hard copy so I can reread it, highlight it and work on embodying so many of the wise calls to action that you have shared.

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Incredible clarity and insight

This book should be compulsory;sory reading in secondary school and MBA students, if not everyone else. Melinda's style and clarity of understanding issues and willingness to listen to others and reflect is obvious and leads to a very readable, enjoyable, and profound book

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Unexpectedly profound

I thought it would be interesting as Melinda Gates seems to have an interesting life. But it was so much more... her insights are profound and her call to action challenging... a book that nudges you off the couch and into the world to be your part and live and love wholeheartedly. And I loved hearing her voice read it.