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  • The Moment of Lift

  • How Empowering Women Changes the World
  • Written by: Melinda Gates
  • Narrated by: Melinda Gates
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Categories: History, World
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of The Audiofile Earphones Award 2019 and Audiofile Best Audiobooks of The Year 2019.  

The right to:

Spend your own money. Go to school. Earn an income. Access contraceptives. Work outside the home. Walk outside the home. Choose whom to marry. Get a loan. Start a business. Own property. Divorce a husband. See a doctor. Drive a car.

All of these rights are denied to women in some parts of the world.

A Sunday Times best-selling 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.'

In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares the stories of the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world and the lessons she’s learned from them. 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.

When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.When we lift others up, they lift us up too.

©2019 Melinda Gates (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"When you lift up women, you lift up everybody - families, communities, entire countries...In her book, Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she's met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention...I've called Melinda an impatient optimist and that's what she delivers here - the urgency to tackle these problems and the unwavering belief that solving them is indeed possible." (Barack Obama)

"It is a call for unity, inclusion and connection. We need this message more than ever." (Malala Yousafzai)

"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 you carry in your heart and mind long after the last page." (Brené Brown, PdD, author of New York Times best seller Dare to Lead)

What listeners say about The Moment of Lift

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Empowering Women

This book is so much more than what even Melinda must have thought of before beginning with it. From who needs empowerment to how a person can be empowered and than the compound effect of the same. about various hero stories of victory of resilience over adversities and absolutely inspiring stories about super achievements through sheer grit... @Melinda Gates: God bless you and please keep doing what you have been doing and more power to you...

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Incredibly Inspiring!

I expected this book to be inspiring yet boring. How wrong was I! The stories in this book are in parts heartwarming, gut wrenching and endlessly hopeful. I am thankful for the many activists, NGOs and foundations working tirelessly to lift and empower women and girls. May we see the day when gender no longer matters!

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exceptionally inspiring account

amazing real life stories. it will make you cry, surprised as well as exceptionally inspired. at the end you will feel lifted.

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Must read!

This is a very sensible and inspiring book about the work of Melinda gates. Women and their struggles are at the centre of the book. How lives of ppl can get better if they invest in women empowerment, is the take away...

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Moment of truth

The book is a wonderful narration of events ,thoughts and sentiments that have gone into reaching out to the underprivileged and deprived women of this world. The narrative weaves an emotional tapestry of the beautiful endeavour to reach out to these women and every chapter is a moment of lift for the reader as you live through the author’s experience and diligence. A great book that leaves you searching your soul and mind .

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The book is a manifesto for gates foundation

If you would like to know about the work of Gates foundation this book is perfect for that. They are doing great in several developing country but it is like reading a yearly report with multiple success stories. Didn't like it as a nonfiction book. This doesn't even have a flavour of a book. And the story telling was really monotonous.

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Spellbinding

It's a must read for anyone but specially a woman. I could relate with most of the writing of this book and a few times I became very emotional. Great work Melinda. Please keep doing more and more such noble deeds.

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Awssome, moving and Thought provoking!

This book is a must read. Was heart wrenching at places but really made me reflect deeply and make pledges to make a diiference at home and the workplace.

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I am inspired

This was an amazing audio book the content and narration were such that I couldn’t stop listening. It makes me feel motivated and inspired.

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Women uplifting...mind enhancement ...

must read for men.....from all backgrounds. I cried 6 to 7 times before I came to the end. Melinda gates.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-05-19

Such a Moment of Lift!

Thank you Melinda for giving me clarity of the kind of problems I want to solve and the kind of impact I want to bring to the world. I hope one day I can follow your path to build connection with other and lift them so that no one is left behind and forgotten.

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  • Tamuka Makotore
  • 07-07-19

Eye Opening!

Wow. What a great book it is! Came at a time when I've been witnessing how amazing my wife/mother of our new born is. Not that I've never respected women, but the amount of love, dedication she has put into raising our beloved son is second to none, and makes me honor women deeply. Reading this book and seeing my wife take care of our son makes me realise how much women aren't appreciated enough. This book has ignited in me the hunger and the desire to stand up for women and everyone marginalized. Thanks to my wife and Melinda for opening my eyes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-19

The moment of lift

Such an emotional read but so inspiring at the same time. Loved the book!

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  • Michante
  • 22-10-19

Absolutely inspiring!

An intense listen, that surpased my expectations. It is written well the logic and layout was well thought through.

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  • Pete Munnings
  • 19-10-19

A book that will forever change you.

What an incredible story. It will change you from the inside. Thank you Melinda Gates

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  • Feride
  • 20-06-19

Inspiring, eye opening and heart breaking

I could’ve listened to another 70 hours of this book. Thank you for letting us feel you and the heroes of your stories. Truly heart warming. Please, keep going on with your mission and keep writing.

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  • sadhia khan
  • 03-06-19

a lot of admiration for melinda

I think I am in awe of Melinda and have utmost respect for her! she has truly achieved incredible feats in her career. I think her task to tackle such topics are challenging. I wouldn't say I found it the most engaging book and found it hard to keep interested. however, it has made me appreciate the work the gates Foundation does.

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  • Nazish
  • 09-05-19

Melinda Gates is a brilliant story teller

Thoroughly loved every bit of it. there wasn't a single moment when I wasn't fully engrossed into listening. Theres so much I am taking away and i am sure I will come back to it later again :)

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  • mohammed
  • 21-11-20

she's amazing

this was my first experience on audio book. she was amazing, i had enjoyed it ❤

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  • Kate
  • 11-06-20

Enlightening and moving.

I loved every minute of the book. Sheds light on a lot of issues that I heard of but not in detail. it does lift you up.

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  • Rozhana Bahsoon
  • 30-05-20

Beautiful

I loved Melinda's narration and the story told of woman empowerment! Well read and enjoyable

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  • Marion F.S.
  • 19-05-20

Empowering

The Moment of Lift delves into heartbreaking subjects such as child brides, female genital cutting, and "basic" issues that, in a just world also would have been resolved long ago, easy access to contraception. Interestingly there is also a chapter about women and agriculture you will find to be important. Though dark in the sense that the book is precise in pointing to grave problems, the emphasis is on "the lift", the breakthrough moments and aha-experiences that point to a possible, better, more equal future. By retelling her own journey Melinda includes the perspective of privileged women, revealing our blind spots and sometimes slow awakening to all the issues of gender justice. Gates is very well worded. One reason for her clarity is the many women she has met, spoken with and sometimes shared a roof with. She cites their life-experiences and what she has learned from them. Want to meet courageous women in circumstances different from your own? Read this book. Solidarity with you all, sisters. Recommended / important reading.

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  • Ela
  • 11-04-20

Simply Inspiring

I love the use of data to drive home salient points. It’s a call to action for all readers to support the excluded people in all societies.

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  • Phillip
  • 28-03-20

Brilliantly Written and Narrated by Melinda Gates

Brilliantly written and narrated by the amazing Melinda Gates, such an inspiration looking forward to many more books 🏆⭐✔🎵

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  • Audrey Odogu
  • 08-03-20

Reeduccating

This could not have been a better timing for my book club selection . it gave me a deeper meaning to the IWD 2020 theme the true meaning of equality, the borderline, the working woman , organisational culture. Every young lady or young man should read this and they walk around this earth only trying to make it better

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  • Janaina B.
  • 16-02-20

Very inspiring

Very inspiring! So full of emotion and data.. the way as she presents stories so backed up with data is very interesting to hear. Amazingly powerful message.