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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World (edição 2019)

por Melinda Gates (Autor)

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**One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2019**NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"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." -- Bren 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 EDUCATEDA 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.… (mais)
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Título:The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
Autores:Melinda Gates (Autor)
Informação:Flatiron Books (2019), 288 pages
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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World por Melinda Gates

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The Moment of Lift is a memoir of sorts, as well as an enlightening account showing the benefits to the mission of solving some of the world's large problems - hunger, poverty and pandemic among them - to be gained by empowering women.

Melinda Gates relates through a number of stories how she and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grew in understanding of the importance of empowering women. For Melinda, the stories are personal and one on one, and include experiences in her professional life before helping to lead the Foundation as well as her personal encounters with women who are experiencing some of the problems the Foundation seeks to help address. There are many touching moments to these stories that will leave you inspired.

Also interesting were the stories she relates of how within the Foundation there was pushback at first to the notion that "empowering women" was somehow a goal of the organization. You would expect that any organization with Bill Gates' name in it would be data driven, and it's interesting to read how listening well to the people in need (i.e. gathering data) really reinforced the centrality of empowering women to the goals they had set for themselves.

You will definitely be inspired by this book, but it is really a memoir. Meaning that Melinda doesn't attempt to layout tools for you to use, or specific needs for change that you can act on yourself. (She does discuss some of the problem areas in American life / work that need to be addressed.) Fortunately, if you Google "how to empower the women in your life" there are many suggestions you'll find, and after reading this book you'll likely be inspired to try some. ( )
  stevrbee | Feb 7, 2021 |
This book is half an amazing story of the power of feminism philanthropy and half a Mickey Rooney - Judy Garland film. Hey kids, if we work together we can put on the play ourselves! Melinda Gates was born into a Catholic family with a homemaker mother and an aerospace engineer father. He always emphasized the importance of involving women in science. Melinda has an abundance of both self-confidence and competence and she is able to look at problems and assume she will be able to find solutions. Voila, she does. One feel-good accomplishment came when they were working to promote family planning in India. They wanted to find a way to encourage condom use among sex workers. When they met with groups of sex workers they found that the main problem the workers wanted to be solved was violence against them. If they tried to get their customers to use condoms they'd get beaten. They couldn't rely on the men to bring condoms, and if they kept condoms on themselves they would be stopped by police and raped and beaten by them because they assumed any woman carrying condoms was a sex worker so that's what she deserved. They instituted a system in which women could call a certain number and a group of women would rush to them to support them. It was so effective that often they could stop both police brutality and brutality by customers and this part of India showed a marked decrease in the spread of HIV. Bill and Melinda called the man they had left in charge of this project and were surprised to find that he had used some of his allotted money to establish places where workers could get together, drink tea and discuss. They'd had no intention of establishing tea rooms, but they knew enough to leave the money with people in the area who could see what was needed, and a way for women to communicate with each other is just what they needed. Confidence, competence and money go a long way. Surprisingly Melinda is still strongly Catholic, but she sees that having men in charge of women's bodies and supposedly celibate men giving advice on marriage and family is both ridiculous and unhelpful. She has no problem being both religious and strongly supportive of women's rights to their own lives and bodies.
  Citizenjoyce | Jan 30, 2021 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is an extremely uplifting narrative where Gates provides many examples of women at the margins of society are empowered to seek equality and respect. Gates and her husband Bill started their foundation over 20 years ago. The primary goals are to enhance health care, reduce poverty and improve education in the developing world. Gates’ focus in this book is applying those goals to women and girls. Her philosophy is simple, if you lift up women, you lift up their families and their communities.
The book is partly biographical as Gates talks about her upbringing in Dallas Texas with parents who provided her with examples of equality, respect and pride. Her Catholic upbringing affects her morality regarding helping others but she does not spare criticism of the Church nor its stand on family planning or on allowing women priests. Her view is that any religion that is dominated or led by men does not believe that women who are lifted up are better off.

The many stories in the book deal with poor, illiterate, abused women and girls in the developing world. Her foundation works with locals who are well aware of the family situations, roadblocks and impediments that hold them back.
When a problem is identified, such as cutting girls, the team approach is to understand the issue completely by engaging the whole community in talking about the tradition, the purpose and the outcomes. The practice is ancient and has no apparent reason other than to keep girls chaste until marriage. A village in Senegal decided to abolish the practice once infections, pain, rationale were identified. The team was able to do this by engaging one or two women of influence and they in turn urged the end of the practice in their village and others.
This method is used in all of the programs the foundation supports such as education for girls, family planning, banking, sexual and physical abuse, female farmers, AIDS prevention, sex workers. Listening to the women and empowering them is a huge boost to their personal potential and their influence on their families. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Dec 10, 2020 |
Remarkable. Highly recommended if you are, or know someone who is, a woman. ( )
  bennybillings | Sep 24, 2020 |
First, I give this a 4.5 instead of a 5 because her actions are not as stated in the book when she gave the leader of India an award recently.
Throughout the book she points at him and his party as promoting bias against women's rights, what she is fighting for.

Other than that, the book is a good and detailed description of how the Gates Foundation zeroed in on how best to help poor people globally.

Certain paragraphs are very uplifting and dramatic.An example is the "I want a teacher" episode from pages 89 to 92 in the hardbound version.
The conclusion is well written, however it extends through the epilogue, so might be partially missed by the reader not expecting this to dribble on into that part.

In summary this is a motivating detailed account of how to start and focus your priorities to have the most affect in a philanthropic effort. It is also interesting since it is true and includes many memorable individuals, striving for a better life and better world. ( )
  billsearth | Aug 26, 2020 |
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**One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2019**NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"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." -- Bren 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 EDUCATEDA 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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