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Updated On: Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Melinda Gates Speaks to VOA About Women's Empowerment 

Content by: Voice of America

VOA Africa Division's Linord Moudou spoke to Melinda Gates about women's empowerment, work in Africa, the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and how men can benefit from women's empowerment.

The interview also touched on the pay gap between men and women and the anti-vaccination movement.

Q: Melinda Gates, thank you so much for joining us on the Voice of America.

Melinda Gates: Thanks for having me.

Q: You just released a book, The Moment of Lift. First of all, you are well known as a accomplished businesswoman and a philanthropist. Why was it important for you to become an author and write this book?

Gates: Well, I have met so many women and families over 20 years of foundation travels to many, many, many countries, and the stories these women have shared with me about their lives have called me to action. And I wanted to write a book that would call others to action, because I believe that equality can't wait. When we make women equal in society, it lifts up their family and society, and we need to make sure that we really get to equality for women all over the world.

Q: So when we talk about equality for women, how would you describe it? What are some of the basic steps?

Gates: To me, equality for women shows up when they have their full voice and their full decision-making authority in their home, in their community and in their workplace. If we can make sure women have that, you will have true equality in society for all women.

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