Title: The moment of lift
Author: Melinda Gates
Publisher: Flatiron Books
About The Moment of Lift
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.
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.
If you read my other book reviews, you have noticed how I never review non-fiction books. That is because I don’t read a lot of non-fiction books. I just prefer reading fiction books. But when I got this book two weeks ago, I started to read it immediately, because it sounded very interesting. After reading this book I am so grateful that I was born in The Netherlands. I am able to make my own choices, I have /had the opportunity to go to university, I can choose who I want to marry and it is easy for me to get birth control. But there are still a lot of countries where you can’t make those decisions. 130 millions of girls are not going to school, over 200 million girls and women don’t have access to birth control. Sometimes there aren’t enough pills/condoms for everyone, but sometimes the husband doesn’t want to use those things. They get a lot of children, even though they don’t have the money to feed them all.
And even though we live in 2019, there is still inequality between men and women. Even here in the western world. Think about work. They expect that we get children at some point and then we quit our job to take care of them. But why not the husband? Or even better: both.
Together(women and men) we can make a change. Let’s make a change!