Melinda Gates is busier than you. “With what?” you might ask. Oh, nothing too crazy. She just happens to co-chair the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable organization. And to all the hats she wears — philanthropist, businesswoman, global advocate for women and girls — she’s just added a new one: author. Her first book, “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” has just been released. The Washington Post calls the book “An inspirational look at the need to empower women to make change in the world.” Get your own copy right on the Likewise app!
As the co-chair of the Gates Foundation, Melinda sets the direction and priorities of an organization that tackles immense issues like basic nutrition, sanitation, infectious disease control, and family planning. She’s also the founder of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company working to drive social progress for women and families in the United States. In recognition of her philanthropic efforts, she’s been awarded two of the highest honors a private citizen can achieve: the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 and France’s Legion of Honour in 2017. She has also consistently been named one of Forbes’ 100 most powerful women. Despite her lofty achievements, Melinda Gates remains down-to-earth and accessible, as her lists of recommendations on Likewise demonstrate.
On the Likewise app, you can see what inspires one of the world’s most inspirational women. She’s also posted a list of her favorite books of all time and her recommendations for kids. You can even get a glimpse into what Melinda likes to do when she isn’t dedicating herself to great causes or reading great books. Bill Gates shared a list of shows he likes to watch with Melinda. Melinda also recommends some of her favorite places in Seattle with her list Walks to Clear Your Head.