When I started reading this book, I wondered why should someone who is so powerful and rich ever show a concern for the poor.


  1. It should be profitable (or)
  2. The general tendency to help others, be empathetic and improve the lives of others as that of ours.

In her book, The moment of lift, the author beautifully discusses a host of issues concerning women: maternal and newborn health, family planning, women’s and girls’ education, unpaid work, child marriage, women in agriculture, women in the workplace.

Each chapter was an experience in itself, be it the doctor who was respected not for saving a life but for returning a dead body to the village and how simple skin-to-skin care could prevent a child death from hypothermia.

Also, maternal and neonatal death can be reduced drastically if we encourage mothers to deliver in clinics with trained birth attendants and medical equipment.

Family Planning should not be considered taboo if it is voluntary as it empowers women with good health, education, and income.

Providing education to women and girls helps improve their self-image and come out of the stereotypical traditional image meant for doing chores.

The silent inequality – unpaid work(chores) the women performs shouldn’t be ignored and there should be an equal partnership.

Encouraging child marriage limits what the women and girls can do with their life, the author, presents to the reader’s various examples from a different section of the society who have challenged the custom and worked hard to end it.

Generally, we tend to think that men perform most of the farming activities, to quote, but the majority of poor people in the world are farmers and women are doing most of that work, and when you give (new seeds) and empower them with new techniques, they use them very effectively.

As we know there is no dearth of funds for a good idea, but it was startling to know that only 2 percent of venture capital partners are women, and only 2 percent of venture capital money is going to women-founded ventures.

Personally, it was a very important book for me, I read, reread the book and finally come to an understanding which is in line with what the author rightly says, when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.


Happy Reading!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MELINDA GATES is a philanthropist, business woman, and global advocate for women and girls.

As the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda sets the direction and priorities of the worlds largest philanthropy. She is also the founder of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company working to drive social progress for women and families in United States.

Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University and an M.B.A from Duke’s Fuqua School. Melinda spent the first decade of her career developing multimedia products at Microsoft before leaving the company to focus on her family and philanthropic work. She lives in, Washington with her husband, Bill. They have three children, Jenn, Rory, and Phoebe.

ISBN: 978-1-5290-0549-3


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