Flatiron Books and Women & Children First are excited to welcome Melinda Gates for a virtual event to launch the paperback of Gates' New York Times bestseller The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. For this event, Gates will be in conversation with Luvvie Ajayi!
**All tickets include a paperback copy of The Moment of Lift and a signed bookplate, while supplies last. Just place a preorder for MOMENT OF LIFE through our web store and you will receive the access link to the event along with one paperback edition of the book and a signed bookplate. **
For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been 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, invest in women.
In this candid and inspiring book, Gates traces her awakening to the link between women's empowerment and the health of societies. She shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to “turbo-charge" change. And she provides simple and effective ways each one of us can make a difference.
Convinced that all women should be free to decide whether and when to have children, Gates took her first step onto the global stage to make a stand for family planning. That step launched her into further efforts: to ensure women everywhere have access to every kind of job; to encourage men around the globe to share equally in the burdens of household work; to advocate for paid family leave for everyone; to eliminate gender bias in all its forms.
Throughout, Gates introduces us to her heroes in the movement towards equality, offers startling data, shares moving conversations she's had with women from all over the world—and shows how we can all get involved.
A personal statement of passionate conviction, this book tells of Gates' journey from a partner working behind the scenes to one of the world's foremost advocates for women, driven by the belief that no one should be excluded, all lives have equal value, and gender equity is the lever that lifts everything.
Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and podcast host who thrives at the intersection of comedy, media, and justice. Her debut book I’m Judging You: The Do - Better Manual was released to critical acclaim, hitting the New York Times bestselling list at #5. Her new book Professional Troublemaker: The Fear - Fighter Manual drops March 2, 2021 and is available for preorder at http://professionaltroublemakerbook.com . She’s an internationally recognized speaker who takes on dozens of stages every year around the globe, and has spoken at some of the world's most innovative companies and conferences, including Google, Faceboo k, Amazon, and Twitter. She is also co - creator of the #SharetheMicNow global movement and hosts her podcast, Professional Troublemaker
“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
“An inspirational look at the need to empower women to make change in the world.” —The Washington Post
“[The Moment of Lift] is a moral appeal, imploring each of us who reads it to look around — at our own families, our own workplaces, our own place in a gigantic, but highly connected, world — and get to work making it more equal.” – Chicago Tribune
"Drawing on her vast experiences meeting women in far-flung corners of the developing world, Gates’ book is a heartfelt memoir about stepping out of her comfort zone, as well as a manifesto of sorts about the transformative power of broadening women’s rights." — Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle