The Moment of Lift: Horn Empowering Women Changes the World
Booklist Reviews 2019 March #1
*Starred Review* What does it mean to be a philanthropist? For Gates, it means also becoming an activist, albeit a reluctant one. Faced with the realization that the fundamental rights of women—from health care and reproductive wellness to gender parity, educational opportunities, and economic advancement—were being ignored, curtailed, or purposely ended, Gates knew that she could put her considerable wealth, connections, and privilege to work for those in peril. As cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she did more than just write the checks. She spoke up and spoke out, and she backed her arguments with the facts that came from immersing herself in cultures where she could observe and experience firsthand the changes that empowering women can bring. Gates met with abuse victims in the Philippines and sex-trade workers in India, lived with a Maasai family in Tanzania, and learned about the horrors of child marriage in Ethiopia. Hers is an ecumenical message made personal by the unexpectedly candid revelations she shares about her own life and marriage, motherhood and career. At a time when beneficial globalization is being threatened by nationalism, and women's rights are in danger of being rolled back to nineteenth-century norms, Gates offers urgent reminders of why it's necessary to help women everywhere achieve their full potential. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2018 November #1
Cochair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates here explains why her philanthropy focuses on women, making the connection between women's empowerment and the health of societies. That means promoting family planning, job opportunities, paid family leave, and the equitable division of household labor and booting out gender bias in all its forms. Huge publicity.Copyright 2018 Library Journal.