The Moment of Lift

How Empowering Women Changes the World
Narrated by: Melinda Gates
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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Winner of The Audiofile Earphones Award 2019 and Audiofile Best Audiobooks of The Year 2019   

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 New York Times best seller, 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.'

For the last 20 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.

Melinda provides an unforgettable narrative 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, candour 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.

©2019 Melinda Gates (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"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)

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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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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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The moment of lift

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

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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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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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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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  • Nazish
  • 05-09-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-20

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.

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  • A. Szymanowicz
  • 01-09-20

Great!

One of the most informative and inspiring books I've ever read. melinda is knowledgeable, compassionate and a great story teller.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-19

Tear jerking and inspiring

Beautifully written and wonderfully inspiring. The first book I’ve listen to twice back to back!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-19

amazing

inspiring, interesting & wonderfully written. recommending it to all of my friends and keen to listen again!!

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  • WickyMast
  • 10-03-19

inspirational, and honest

love Melinda's honesty and humility. inspires me to do more for every women, every girl.

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  • Chris Knights
  • 10-03-19

A book every woman & man should read!

This is a great book -- a must read for every woman and man.

Melinda discusses this topic with insight and experience, she relates practical examples backed up by comprehensive data. I particularly enjoyed the inclusive approach to the topic. This book should be on your list if you are interested in making the world a better place.

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  • Nancy Claire Xavier
  • 09-15-19

This is amazing!

I’m so grateful for having picked this book, it moved me and encouraged me beyond belief. I urge everyone to listen/read this transformative book. It will change your life for the better.

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  • Zula
  • 09-09-19

Beautiful

This book told me and taught me many heartbreaking and hopeful stories about women. So beautiful and inspiring.

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  • Kenny Voong
  • 09-05-19

One of the best books I have ever read

I loved this book. It made me cry, smile and has taught me so much about compassion and women empowerment. I loved it so much that I finished it 5 days. I think everyone in the world should read this book.