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It took years for Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft’s principal founder Bill Gates, to realize that she’s a full-fledged feminist. She sought small ways to make a big impact through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She realized the Foundation could most effectively help families and communities by helping women and girls. Gates focuses on lifting up women and trying to help their families escape poverty. Her insights aren’t new, but her abilities and her dedication to putting her money where her mouth is make a profound difference to women and girls worldwide. Dedication to gender equity and to doing the most good for the most people underlie the Foundation’s initiatives. Gates’s voice is firm and sure, and she strengthens her call to action by including all groups in the project of progress. She illuminates how smart investments in women and girls lift up entire societies. Her thoughts are also intriguing if you’re curious about her evolution as an “ardent feminist,” and if you’d like to learn about the human side of Bill Gates.

About the Author

Melinda Gates advocates for women and girls through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Uplifting Women

After a successful career at Microsoft, Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, chose to spend years as a stay-at-home mother. As her children grew, she also devoted more time and energy to the couple’s philanthropic efforts through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gates details how the Foundation seeks to solve unaddressed problems and to find opportunities where small investments can leverage transformation. She explains how her and her husband’s education as philanthropists began in Africa when they learned that children were dying by the tens of thousands because their families had no access to – and, often, no knowledge of – low-cost medical interventions that could save their lives. The Foundation invested in vaccines to promote global health. The Gates’s learned that poverty and disease fuel one another. “The primary causes of poverty and illness,” Melinda Gates writers, “are the cultural, financial and legal restrictions that block what women can do – and think they can do – for themselves and their children.”


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