The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

I have always considered myself a supporter of women’s rights. But like many men, my support was probably more indifferent than empathetic. I assumed my goal was to simply treat everyone equally, and everything will work itself out.

It wasn’t until I started dating the woman who would later become my wife did I start seeing sexism up close. It seemed like every day, my co-workers would treat me with respect while those same co-workers would treat my wife with contempt. In short, I was treated like an adult while she was treated like a kid. It was and is disgusting.

Now, being treated differently in the workplace is just the tip of the iceberg of issues women face every day throughout the world. In this book, Melinda Gates not only shows these issues, she demonstrates how to approach them and why it is absolutely essential that we fight for equality and equity for women.

It is heartbreaking to read these stories. Women are dying needlessly because they lack simple things like clean water, birth control options, and basic healthcare. I take these things for granted every minute of my life. These are not grand, mysterious, unsolvable issues; these are simple, easily fixable problems. And if we don’t recognize the problems, we will never try to rectify them.

This is a wonderful yet upsetting read. You can walk away with a dual sense of hope and despair. Yes, the problems are big but the solutions are many.

I want my state, country, and world to be a better place for my daughters. It is happening but there is a lot of work to be done.