The Moment of Lift

How Empowering Women Changes the World

The first book from Melinda Gates, available April 23, 2019. Pre-order today.

'An urgent call to courage.'


— Brené Brown

'We need this message more than ever.'


— Malala Yousafzai

'I think this is one of the best books I've ever read.'


— Warren Buffett

'A beautiful and concise mission statement.'


— Trevor Noah


About the Book

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.

Melinda will be donating all the amounts she receives from this book to charity.

A Note from Melinda

It’s the most urgent question of my life: How can I—how can any of us—help summon moments of lift for each other?

What I’ve come to understand is that it all depends on women and girls. For all of history, women and girls have been relegated to the margins, denied an equal chance to learn, lead, earn, thrive, and rise. Even today, there is nowhere on earth where women have achieved true equality.

Now, the world is finally waking up to the fact that none of us can move forward when half of us are held back. The data is clear: empowered women transform societies.

This is a book that argues progress is possible, but it’s as much about people as it is about ideas. It’s a chance to tell my story, but much more importantly, it’s a chance to tell the extraordinary stories of the women I have met from around the world. I wrote it as part of a promise to myself to do everything I can to ensure that their voices are amplified and their experiences are represented in the world’s most important conversations.
About Melinda
  • “"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
  • “This book is a beautiful and concise mission statement on what we need to do to move society forward — continue to empower women. At every level and in all places women are truly the bedrock supporting their communities.”

    — Trevor Noah
  • I think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s about women around the world, it’s about herself. It’s very candidly told. And the stories are terrific.”

    — Warren Buffett
  • "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.”

    — Brené Brown, Ph.D., author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Dare to Lead
  • "Melinda Gates's book is a lesson in listening. A powerful, poignant, and ultimately humble call to arms."

    — Tara Westover, Author of EDUCATED
  • The Moment of Lift reveals painful truths about women living in the most vulnerable areas of the world. Melinda Gates uplifts and inspires by weaving a narrative of fortitude and hope. She pushes us to challenge the status quo and never settle.

    — Mellody Hobson
  • The Moment of Lift is a book about gender equity, and its golden thread is empathy. This book lifts up the voices of women and girls whose experiences have been entirely unlike Melinda’s own.  They’ve taught her a great deal, and in this beautifully crafted and artful memoir, Melinda Gates invites the reader to learn from them too.”

    — Paul Farmer, MD, Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard Medical School Co-Founder, Partners In Health
  • “No one has waged war on global poverty with the scale, resources or intensity of the Gates. But for most, global inequality can feel like an unchangeable and impersonal reality. This book rehumanizes it and gives whoever reads it a sense of agency. Melinda’s message is inspiring in its simplicity and undressed my own sense of helplessness in tackling the inequalities faced across the world....
  • ...As a philanthropist historically focused on vaccines, Melinda comes forward to say that investing in women will help tackle poverty and inequality generally and improve outcomes for everyone notably more than any other solution. As women’s groups around the world remain under-funded and while gender equality is yet to become a lived reality in any society, Melinda's book is needed and timely.

    — Emma Watson
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The Moment of Lift Book Tour

Conversations with Melinda Gates

April 24, 2019

New York

Symphony Space with Barnes & Noble

April 25, 2019

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Free Library with Joseph Fox Bookshop

April 27, 2019

Chicago

Chicago Humanities Festival with Seminary Co-op Bookstore

April 30, 2019

Washington D.C.

Sixth & I with Politics and Prose

May 01, 2019

Nashville

Tennessee Performing Arts Center with Parnassus Books

May 03, 2019

Dallas

Fellowship Dallas with Dallas Arts & Letters Live

May 06, 2019

San Francisco

Dominican University of California with Book Passage

May 07, 2019

Los Angeles

Aratani Theatre with Live Talks LA and pages: a bookstore

May 09, 2019

Seattle

McCaw Hall with Seattle Arts & Lectures, Seattle Center and Island Books

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Melinda will be donating all the amounts she receives from this book to charity.