By now, most people know of the philanthropic efforts of Bill and Melinda Gates to give countries around the world a better chance for life. Melinda, along with her husband, Bill, have been on a mission to meet urgent needs. In her moving and compelling book THE LIFT, she and other women believe that EMPOWERING WOMEN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. The “Lift” means she is dedicated to lifting up women around the world who desperately need support. She asks the question, “How can we summon a moment of life for humanity—especially for women?” She believes that when we lift up women, we lift up humanity. Working and meeting women around the world, Melinda learned the most compelling issues that need attention, from child marriage to gender equity for women at home and in the workplace. Melinda and women she has met point out again that empowered women can and need to change the world.
By Kathryn Casper, OSB